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Announcement – Assistant Federal Defender – Trial Unit

Who We Are

We work to keep people out of

prison and to stop state executions by adhering to our office’s mission and

core values—compassion, courage, competency, creativity, and collaboration—when

representing clients. Our trial clients are indigent defendants charged with

federal crimes ranging from petty offenses to drug offenses to white‐collar

conspiracies. We practice holistic defense lawyering to protect our clients’

rights and champion their humanity at every stage of the criminal case and

beyond. Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee seeks to attract and

retain a high performing and diverse workforce to serve our clients. We foster

an inclusive work environment that promotes commitment, flexibility, and fairness.

The Job

We need a full-time Assistant Federal

Defender to fill a position in the Trial Unit. The Trial Unit represents

clients who have been charged with federal crimes in the... Eastern District of

Tennessee. The position is in Knoxville.


Assistant Federal Defenders zealously and

professionally represent clients in a fastpaced, challenging, diverse, and

rewarding work environment. Responsibilities include managing an extensive

caseload; working with clients; interviewing witnesses and family members;

developing release plans; reviewing discovery; preparing pleadings, motions,

and briefs; developing litigation strategies; working with experts; advising

CJA panel attorneys; and in-court litigation through all stages of a criminal

case. Attorneys in our office may not engage in the private practice of law.


Criteria for this position includes

creativity, intellectual acuity, energy, and enthusiasm; as well as excellent

research, writing, computer, advocacy and instructional skills; ability to

communicate and work well with others; demonstrated interest in criminal

defense issues; commitment to community and intern training; and commitment to

obtaining justice for indigent persons. At

least 2 years of attorney experience or a federal clerkship is required.

Applicants must be a member in good standing of a State Bar and have a driver’s

license and appropriate motor vehicle insurance. Attorneys in this office may

not engage in private law practice. An affinity for

teamwork is essential.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with

experience and qualifications.


include a resume, cover letter, and THREE REFERENCES by April 28, 2021, to FDSET, 800 S. Gay Street, Suite 2400, Knoxville,

Tennessee 37929 or by emailing your information to Sandy_Waggoner@fd.org. NO telephone calls, please. Women and

minorities are encouraged to apply.


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