CJA Resources

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. 

For current CJA Panel members wishing to utilize FPD's internal resources, please first log in and then visit our CJA Portal.

The recruitment season for the CJA Panel and mentor program is in the fall. We are not currently accepting applications, but are happy to respond to queries regarding eligibility and the application process. Questions may be directed to CJA Resource Counsel Jenn Kaplan at jennifer_kaplan@fd.org. 


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CJA Administration

1601 Fifth Ave
Suite 700
Seattle, Washington 98101
Phone: 206.553.2510
Toll Free: 800.246.2724
Fax: 206.553.2334
E-mail: zzzWAWml_CJA@fd.org
Office Hours: 8:00a to 4:30p

FPD Public Relations/Press Inquiries

E-mail: waw_publicrelations@fd.org