The Federal Public Defender Office for the Western District of Washington is hiring for the

newly created position of Criminal Justice Act Resource Counsel (CJARC) to serve the

Western District of Washington Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel. This is a half-time position

and will work within and be under the umbrella of the Federal Public Defender CJA Unit.

The CJA Resource Counsel will be responsible for reasonableness review and recommendation

with respect to (1) CJA vouchers above a threshold amount as determined by the Court in

conjunction with the Federal Defender, (2) expert and other CJA case-related service requests,

and (3) requests for interim billing. The CJARC, along with the Federal Defender, will develop

and administer continuing legal education (CLE) training for attorneys serving on the district

CJA panel. The CJARC will also be responsible for additional CJA panel responsibilities which

can be managed within the constraints of a part-time position.

Requirements: All applicants must be members in good standing of a state bar. Applicants

must (1) have an established working knowledge and demonstrated aptitude of federal criminal

law, (2) have at least five years’ experience practicing federal criminal defense, (3) have

significant experience working under the Criminal Justice Act, (4) have proficient data

management and automation skills, and (5) be a self-starter with a reputation for a positive

work ethic, personal and professional integrity, and an ability to work well with the Court, the

Defender Services Office, and members of the CJA panel. There is a preference for applicants

who have substantial experience practicing and billing under the Criminal Justice Act.

Salary: This will be a part-time position. Salary will be based on the Federal Defender Pay Plan

for graded employees. Full-time pay range starts at $54,869 to $131,519 commensurate with

education and experience. Compensation includes federal government benefits including

healthcare (on a prorated basis), paid vacation and sick leave (based on part-time accrual), and

holidays. Salary is paid biweekly only by direct deposit.

Qualifications: To qualify, an applicant must be a US citizen or a documented alien who meets

the criteria for employment in the Judiciary. See http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/searchjudiciary-


Applications: Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume, and two

work references (including names, addresses, and telephone numbers) no later than April 22,


Applications may only be submitted by email to:

Michael Filipovic

Federal Public Defender

Attn: Human Resources



The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the work place.



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