Accepting CJA Panel Attorney Applications

The U.S. District Court for the District Nevada is seeking applications for a limited number of attorneys to serve on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the southern division in Las Vegas.  Panel members, who are appointed by the court to represent indigent defendants, are sought for both trial and appellate/habeas cases.

 Applicants must be members in good standing of the bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and have demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  Attorneys on the CJA Panel also must have demonstrated an interest in providing criminal defense services and a reputation for competent and vigorous representation.  Members of the panel are required to participate in six hours of training in federal criminal practice per year.  At least three of the six hours of training must be on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  The training will be provided by the Federal Public Defender’s Office or another court-approved provider of continuing legal education.  Appeal/habeas panel attorneys are required to participate in three hours of training in appellate and/or habeas practice and may also have additional requirements consistent with the standards and legal knowledge necessary for practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Attorneys interested in appointment to the CJA Panel must complete and submit an application to Debra Kempi, Clerk of Court, by August 26, 2019.    Attorneys applying for the appellate/habeas panel(s) must also submit a writing sample. Applications are available on the Court’s website at www.nvd.uscourts.gov.  Applications and writing samples must be submitted via electronic mail to cja_applications@nvd.uscourts.gov. Appointments for the new panel will be effective November 1, 2019.