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 in pre-courtroom preparation, and then accompany lawyers through each of the phases of trial and appellate litigation.
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