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Appellate Attorney Vacancy

May 22, 2024 12:28 PM | Walker Mondt (Administrator)


The NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA FEDERAL COMMUNITY DEFENDERS, INC. (NDIFCD), is accepting applications for a full-time appellate attorney. The NDIFCD provides legal representation to individuals charged with federal crimes and related matters who are financially unable to retain counsel. The organization is funded by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

The appellate attorney will draft briefs, present oral arguments in the Seventh Circuit, seek certiorari when appropriate, and provide advanced research and writing assistance to the trial attorneys in select cases. In addition to being a skilled appellate advocate, this attorney will proactively assist trial attorneys in developing legal strategies and occasionally appear in district court for proceedings relating to pretrial motions. However, the attorney’s primary employment responsibilities will involve appeals. The successful candidate must have the experience and ability to work independently. However, collaboration with the trial attorneys will be required at times. The appellate attorney will also give continuing legal education presentations on developments in the law.

Applicants with significant appellate experience and/or judicial clerkship are encouraged to apply. The NDIFCD offers a competitive salary and benefit package. A lawyer applying for this position must be admitted to practice law of any state or the District of Columbia and be willing to apply for admission in the Northern District of Indiana and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The successful candidate will not be permitted to engage in the private practice of law.

The NDIFCD has offices in the Hammond, South Bend, and Fort Wayne Divisions of the United Stated District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. This position is located in the Hammond Division which is approximately 30 miles from downtown Chicago. However, partial remote work may be available for the successful candidate under specified, negotiable parameters.

Application for this position is made by sending a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample, compiled in a single PDF, in that order, to: This position will remain open until filled.


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