Capital Habeas Attorney Panel Recruitment

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Applications for membership on the Capital Habeas Attorney Panel for the Central District of California are now being accepted.


Habeas corpus petitions involving the death penalty that are not assigned to the Office of the Federal Public Defender will be assigned to attorneys on the Capital Habeas Attorney Panel.  Attorneys who apply for panel membership agree to accept the assignment of at least one capital habeas case.


Applicants will be screened to ensure they possess the background, knowledge, and experience required by 18 U.S.C. § 3599, and necessary to represent a petitioner properly, with due consideration to the seriousness of the penalty and to the unique and complex nature of the litigation.  State or federal habeas experience is highly desirable.


Interested attorneys must submit a completed application, writing samples, and references.  The application form and instructions are available on the Court’s website at applications must be submitted by December 31, 2019.


Kiry K. Gray
District Court Executive/Clerk of Court