New Job Posting – Federal Public Defender Fellowship

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California (“FPD”) is accepting applications for a full-time Fellowship Attorney, who will serve as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. This position will be stationed in the San Francisco office of the Federal Public Defender.

The term for this position will begin in the Fall of 2021. The term for the Fellowship will end on September 1, 2022.

The Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases. More information about the office may be found at

The position will remain open until filled. Applications will only be accepted online, through submissions at this this site:

In addition to the initial information requested at this application site, please prepare and upload a .pdf application packet. This packet should include in a single .pdf file:

  • A plain face sheet containing only your last name, first name, a hard return, and the name of your employer or your employment status. This information should be centered on the page, and in should be at least size 40 font;
  • A cover letter;
  • Your resume;
  • A writing sample of your own, original work; and
  • Three references. (References will not be contacted until applicant is advised).

The uploaded .pdf file should be named, “Your last name, your first name.” (E.g., “Doe, Jane.pdf”)

Candidates will be evaluated on their accurate compliance with these application instructions.

Applicants invited to interview will be asked to complete a Judicial Branch Employment form (AO78).

Applications submitted by fax, mail, or email will not be considered.

Applicants will only be contacted if selected for an interview. The position will remain open until filled by the Federal Public Defender.