SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK SEEKING CANDIDATES
FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT MENTORING PROGRAM
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New
York is seeking candidates for its Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Mentoring
Program. Ideal candidates are attorneys with five or more years of
experience litigating in state court, with fifteen felony trials to
verdict as lead counsel or comparable in-court experience under their
belt. Under the supervision of a member of the CJA Panel, CJA Mentees
would represent defendants in federal court who qualify for appointed
representation under the Criminal Justice Act.
The purpose of the CJA Mentoring Program is to
diversify the composition of the CJA Panel—a roster of private
attorneys who are authorized to serve as appointed defense counsel
pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3006A—and to expose experienced state
court practitioners to federal practice. While the mentee’s
initial 15 hours of service will be done pro bono, mentees may earn a
reduced rate of $65 per hour for their services after the pro bono
requirement has been fulfilled.
Candidate interviews will be conducted in January. To
apply for the program, please send your resume to:
Quijano & Ennis, P.C.
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 701
New York, New York 10016
"The Southern District CJA Mentoring Program is the
first of its kind in the country, and it’s a top-notch opportunity
for state law practitioners to develop their skills in the federal
courts," said Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska. "The court is extremely
grateful to the professionals who devote their time and talent to this
The mentorship program is open to anyone who
qualifies, and women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are
particularly encouraged to apply. Participation in the mentorship
program does not guarantee appointment to the CJA Panel.
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, ONE ELK STREET, ALBANY, NY 12207 PH: (518) 463-3200 SECURE FX: (518) 463-5993