The Office of the Federal Public Defender is appointed to represent persons accused of federal criminal law violations. The criminal charges defended are diverse, including drug crimes, tax law violations, firearms offenses, bank robbery, racketeering, and bank fraud. We represent our clients in the U. S. District Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U. S. Supreme Court.
Each semester, and during the summer, the
office selects a limited number of law students to fill unpaid
positions as legal interns and to participate in our clinical program.
The office has duty stations in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm
Beach, although most law student assignments are in Miami. Law
students work with assistant federal public defenders and are given an
opportunity to rotate through the various phases of criminal defense,
including client interviews, pretrial release hearings, pretrial
motion preparation and hearings, trial, appeal, and certiorari proceedings. Law
students have extensive opportunities to conduct
legal research and writing. They also participate
Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation.
Interested law students should send a résumé and writing sample to the program coordinator:
Rashkind, Chief of Appeals