The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is accepting applications for the position of federal public defender for the District of Columbia.
The current head of the federal public defender's office, A.J. Kramer, has applied for re-appointment to the four-year position. His current term ends Sept. 22, 2010. Kramer has held the job since the creation of the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia in 1991.
Though Kramer was the only applicant during the last application process in 2006, the court encourages other people to apply.
“We are trying to get the word out as much as possible,” Deputy Circuit Executive Steven Gallagher said.
Applications are screened by the D.C. Circuit’s Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, which consists of Chief Judge David Sentelle, Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Zuckerman Spaeder partner Francis Carter and Kirkland & Ellis partner Michael Williams.
Kramer also regularly sits on the committee, but will not for this process.
The applications are then passed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a recommendation. The D.C. Circuit then picks the federal public defender.
The position’s salary is $155,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m., April 19.