CJA Application Announcement

The District Court for the federal district of Nevada is now accepting applications for a limited number of new Federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel attorneys (appointment of counsel for indigent defendants) for the District of Nevada for both trial and appellate/habeas cases.


Attorneys interested in appointment to the CJA panel must submit an application by electronic mail to cja_applications@nvd.uscourts.gov by September 21, 2020. Attorneys applying for the Appeals/Habeas panel(s) must also submit a writing sample. Applications are available here. Appointments for the new panel will be effective November 1, 2020. Any questions regarding applications should be directed to CJA Resource Counsel, Kim Driggers, at the Federal Public Defenders Office at (702) 388-6577.


Applicants must be members in good standing of the bar of the Federal Court 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 (6) hours of training in federal criminal practice, with at least three (3) of the six (6) hours on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, per year which shall 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 a separate training in appellate and/or habeas practice prior to receiving cases. They may also have additional requirements consistent with the standards and legal knowledge necessary for practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.