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Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas - Capital Habeas Unit


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Published 26 days ago

$98,336 - $170,700

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas is accepting applications for a full-time Chief Investigator in the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). The CHU represents indigent persons on death row in Texas. Through an interdisciplinary team approach, we provide our clients with the highest level of legal representation challenging their convictions and death sentences.

The Federal Public Defender’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to improving diversity in the legal field. Racial bias and disparity in sentencing are apparent in Texas death penalty cases. It is critical to our clients’ representation that the office be composed of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The nature of our work leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations.


The Chief Investigator reports directly to the supervising attorney of the CHU. This role involves both the supervision of a minimum of three employees as well as casework. This entails approximately a 50/50 split between supervision and typical mitigation investigation roles.

Skilled collaboration, strategic litigation, compassionate representation, and professionalism are among the values we aim to foster. Because no single person can do this work alone, you will work with experienced lawyers, mitigation specialists, and paralegals in the CHU. The ability to work well on a team is mandatory.

Qualifications:

·            A minimum five years of relevant specialized experience, which may include experience in investigation, social work, mental health, or a related field. Higher education may be substituted for some of this specialized experience.

·            A minimum three years of experience as a mitigation specialist (or the equivalent), preferably in capital cases;

·            A demonstrated commitment to working with marginalized communities and with individuals from a range of backgrounds;

·            Fluency in Spanish is desirable, but not mandatory;

·            Proof of U.S. citizenship or other employment eligibility is required.

Responsibilities:

 ·            Supervision of the CHU’s investigation staff, which may include mitigation specialists, fact investigators, and paralegals;

·            Training investigators;

·            Developing and implementing investigation policies and procedures;

·            Mitigation investigation, including record review, client and witness interviews, and developing social histories;

·            Working with attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and experts as part of an interdisciplinary team;

·  Extensive travel across the country.



The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas is accepting applications for a full-time Chief Investigator in the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). The CHU represents indigent persons on death row in Texas. Through an…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Managerial

Benefits

The position is excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan.

The position is excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift…

Location

Dallas, TX

How to Apply

Application Process: To apply, email to TXN_Employment@fd.org in a single Adobe PDF file using the subject line “CHU-Chief Investigator” the following:

·            A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications;

·            A resume;

·            A minimum of three references.

Submissions that do not follow this format will not be considered. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Process: To apply, email to TXN_Employment@fd.org in a single Adobe PDF file using the subject line “CHU-Chief Investigator” the following:

·            A cover letter explaining…

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