Vacancy Announcement: Federal Public Defender for the District of Utah

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is accepting applications from all qualified persons (including individuals with disabilities that can be reasonably accommodated) for the position of Federal Public Defender for the District of Utah. The term of office is four years, with potential for successive appointments. The current authorized annual salary is $164,200. The Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. An applicant must be/have:

  • A member in good standing in the bar of the state in which he/she is admitted to practice;
  • A minimum of five years criminal practice experience, preferably with significant federal criminal trial experience, which demonstrates an ability to provide zealous representation of consistently high quality to criminal defendants;
  • An ability to effectively administer the office;
  • A reputation for integrity; and
  • A commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel.

A merit selection panel will screen all applications, conduct personal interviews of some or all applicants, and make recommendations to the court of appeals.

The position is currently vacant and will be available upon successful completion of a background investigation.

Application materials are available:

  1. In the PDF attached below;
  2. By calling the Judicial Resources division at 303.335.2067;
  3. Or by writing to the Circuit Executive for the Tenth Circuit, Attn: FPD Recruitment; Byron White U.S. Courthouse, 1823 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80257-1823.

Application formats other than that approved and distributed by the court of appeals will not be accepted.

One original completed application should be emailed to or mailed to the Office of the Circuit Executive, Byron White U.S. Courthouse, 1823 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80257. Applications must be received before midnight Mountain Time, on Friday, January 25, 2019.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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