The Defender Services Office (DSO) within the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, administers the Federal appointed counsel program consisting of Federal public defender and community defender organizations and private panel attorneys. Our mission is to ensure that the right to counsel guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, the Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A), and other congressional mandates is enforced on behalf of those who cannot afford to retain counsel and other necessary defense services. The Defender Services program operates pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA),18U.S.C.§3006A. By fulfilling its mission, the Defender Services program helps to maintain public confidence in the nation’s commitment to equal justice under law and to ensure the successful operation of the constitutionally-based adversary system of justice by which both federal criminal laws and federally guaranteed rights are enforced.
The newly hired attorney will be committed to upholding the Defender Services program mission, which is to ensure that the right to counsel guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), and other statutory mandates are enforced on behalf of the clients who cannot afford to retain counsel and other necessary defense services. Job duties may include but are not limited to, the following:
- Supporting the work of the Defender Services Committee.
- Preparing written materials on a variety of legal, policy, and funding issues as part of the bi-annual meeting cycle.
- Supporting standing and ad hoc subcommittees of the Defender Services Committee.
- Responding to requests for information and research from the Chair and members of the Committee.
- Researching various legal and policy issues affecting the delivery of services under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) and related statutes.
- Developing and communicating program policies and guidance through facilitation of stakeholder advisory and working groups.
- Interpreting policies and guidance related to the CJA; consulting with Administrative Office and court personnel, federal defenders, and panel attorneys to implement related policies and guidance.
- Responding to telephone and written inquiries from judges and other court personnel, Congress (in coordination with other AO offices), federal defenders, CJA panel attorneys, and the public concerning the appointment and payment of counsel and experts in federal capital and non-capital cases and the operation of federal defender organizations.
- Developing programmatic resources to support federal defenders and CJA panel attorneys appointed to represent defendants in complex non-capital cases, federal capital habeas corpus proceedings, and federal capital prosecutions.
- Supporting Defender Services Office leadership and members of the Defender Services Committee, with data-informed communications to advance public defense advocacy through the development of talking points, presentations at small meetings and large conferences, and other forms of written and oral communications materials.
- Improving the integration and use of data in policy decisions and communications efforts within the DSO, and the LPD.