For Federal Public Defender
DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: The Federal Public Defender's office represents indigent clients against
convictions at trial, or where appropriate, by bargaining for plea agreements,
and if a client is convicted, by obtaining a just and fair sentence.
The types of crimes the FPD’s clients are charged with
firearms offenses - felon in possession of a
drug trafficking crimes - cocaine, crack, and
marijuana possession, distribution, & multi-state drug conspiracies
immigration violations - illegal reentry
child pornography - possession, manufacture, and
white collar crimes - fraud and tax evasion
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS:
As externs, students work on cases dealing
with hot new topics and help shape criminal and sentencing law in the 4th
Circuit Court of Appeals. Students
have the opportunity to write motions and briefs, and to follow up on that work
with visits to jail, client interviews, and court appearances throughout North
Carolina’s Eastern District. They also
work one-on-one with attorneys and investigators and gain exposure to all
stages of criminal cases including initial appearances, plea negotiations with
the U.S. Attorneys Office, trials and appellate work. Externs interested in gaining practical
litigation experience may, through the North Carolina Third Year Practice Rule,
represent consenting clients in Federal misdemeanor court.
REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: Students have the option of being certified under the Student Practice Rule, and if certified could represent a consenting client. Max of three students will be accepted per semester. U.S. Citizenship is required. Applicants must complete a criminal background check and are expected to voluntarily disclose any prior criminal history.
6 Credit Preferred.