The information on our site is provided for attorneys who are members (or who are interested in becoming members) of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Western District of Washington. The Criminal Justice Act Panel is a group of qualified and court-approved attorneys who are eligible for appointment by the Court when there is a conflict of representation by the Federal Public Defender's office. CJA Panel attorneys are then appointed to represent individuals in criminal cases who are unable for financial reasons to retain counsel. The appointments are made by the Court on a rotating basis among members of the panel. FPD also administers a two-tiered mentor program consisting of second chair experience, guidance from experienced CJA Panel members, and a CLE curriculum for attorneys who need federal experience prior to attaining Panel membership.
Applications for the next recruitment cycle of the CJA Panel and Mentor Program are due October 15, 2021. Questions about eligibility, the application process, and our programs should be directed to CJA Resource Counsel Jennifer Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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