$89,018 to $144,689 (CL 29) *

$105,199 to $170,800 (CL 30) *

San Francisco, CA, or an alternative duty station within the Ninth Circuit

*Actual salary based upon qualifications, experience, and duty station

About the Role

This position is located in the Clerk’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The incumbent will perform the following administrative functions related to the Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) and the management of criminal appeals: reviewing and approving CJA payment vouchers and funding authorization requests for the Court of Appeals; managing the appointment, substitution, and withdrawal of counsel in criminal and habeas corpus appeals; conducting case management conferences in complex criminal appeals; managing pro se filings in counseled criminal appeals and requests to proceed pro se; and resolving requests related to sealed filings in criminal appeals. The incumbent will also work with the Circuit CJA Unit to develop and update processes and procedures relating to the Circuit’s CJA Plan (Ninth Circuit Rule 4-1).

Representative Duties

  • Manage the appointment, continuation, substitution, and withdrawal of counsel in criminal and habeas corpus appeals.
  • Process pro se motions in counseled criminal and habeas appeals.
  • Make recommendations on motions to proceed pro se in criminal appeals.
  • Conduct case management conferences in complex criminal appeals in order to maximize available CJA resources.
  • Review and analyze CJA payment vouchers submitted by attorneys, experts, and other service providers to ensure (1) accuracy and compliance with national and circuit CJA guidelines and policies, and (2) that time expended is reasonable and (if applicable) within budget, consulting as needed with the Circuit CJA Unit about significant issues or reductions.
  • Approve CJA payment vouchers on behalf of the authoring circuit judge if the case was submitted to a merits panel or the appropriate administrative judge if the case was resolved before submission to a merits panel.
  • Review and approve requests for interim payments, authorization for expert and other services, non-court travel, appointment of associate or co-counsel, and Government Travel Account vouchers.
  • Meet with CJA panel attorneys to resolve disputes on specific vouchers.
  • Process motions and notices relating to sealed material in criminal and habeas corpus appeals.
  • Work with Circuit CJA Unit to develop and update voucher processing procedures, CJA resources, and guidelines for implementing the Circuit’s CJA Plan.
  • Provide guidance and consult with panel attorneys in response to questions, problems, or issues.
  • Develop, implement, and communicate new policy changes to panel attorneys, including ensuring CJA information on the Court of Appeals website is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Supervise administrative staff.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Qualifications for CL-29

  • Juris Doctor degree (or equivalent) from an accredited law school.
  • At least two years of specialized experience, including at least one-year equivalent to work at CL-28
  • Admission to practice before the highest court of a state, territory, commonwealth, or federal court of general jurisdiction.
  • Thorough understanding of the Criminal Justice Act as well as criminal law and procedures as practiced in federal court.

Qualifications for CL-30

  • All the above including: At least three years of specialized experience, including at least one-year equivalent to work at CL-29

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in federal criminal defense representation, preferably on appeal.
  • Knowledge of attorney billing practices and staff management.
  • Ability to apply existing CJA policies and procedures and recommend new procedures to address unique or challenging situations.

Required Competencies

  • Ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and good judgment
  • Excellent oral and written skills, and the ability to communicate with individuals and groups to effectively provide information.
  • Ability to answer procedural questions without providing legal advice.
  • Ability to deal persuasively and tactfully with counsel and develop creative and practical solutions.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Proficiency in MS Office products, including Word and Excel.
  • Experience with eVoucher and CM/ECF preferred.

Total Rewards and Work-Life Balance

Salary*: $89,018 to $170,800 (CL 29 – CL 30), *Actual salary based upon qualifications, experience, and duty station

Time off: 10 paid holidays, 13 vacation days, and 13 sick leave days per year. After three years, vacation days accrue at a higher rate.


  • Federal pension plan and optional employer-matching Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K).
  • Choice of a variety of employer-subsidized federal health and life insurance plans. Optional dental, vision, and long-term care coverage.
  • Flexible spending account to pay out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses with tax-free dollars.

Other Perks: Telework opportunities; eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; public transit subsidy; alternate work schedules; reasonable work hours; on-site gym and café.

How to Apply

Please submit a PDF application packet through the Career Portal that includes: 1) cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience performing the representative duties, and 2) current resume. Only applications with a cover letter and resume will be considered.

Next Steps

Priority given to applications received by November 20, 2020.

If selected for an interview, tentative interview dates include week of December 1.

Video conference interviews available.

Position open until filled.

Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the process of applying for citizenship. Successful applicants are provisionally hired pending results of background investigation and fingerprinting. Positions with the U.S. Courts are at-will, excepted service appointments, and may be terminated with or without cause by the Court. Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Direct deposit of pay required. Ability to work from home required.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, for any reason including, but not limited to, budgetary issues. Said modifications may occur without prior written or other notice.

Equal Opportunity Employer