Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc. (FDSW), the community defender organization serving the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, is accepting applications for the position of Federal Defender Investigator at the Milwaukee Office. FDSW is a nonprofit corporation, funded by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, which provides legal representation and criminal defense services to persons charged with federal crimes who are unable to afford counsel. FDSW is not an agency of the federal government; staff members are not federal employees.
At the direction of the Federal Defender and/or the assigned Assistant Federal Defender, duties will include: obtaining and evaluating police reports, records, and other information; locating and interviewing witnesses; conducting background investigations of witnesses; photographing and analyzing crime scenes; reviewing and summarizing discovery; establishing and maintaining working relationships with agencies, groups, courts, and individuals that interact with FDSW; conducting investigation to obtain evidence and witness statements that corroborate the defense; preparing reports; and communicating with clients and his/her family as necessary. The position requires considerable resourcefulness and creativity, strong analytical abilities, and a passion for defending the accused. Applicants must be flexible, able to work as part of a team, and capable of providing results with quick turnaround when necessary.
Computer experience, including the use of computer programs for background checks, locating witnesses, analysis of social media, and creation of exhibits, is mandatory. At least ten years general experience and five years specialized experience is preferred, with preference given to prior experience in federal criminal defense and/or violent crime experience. The ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish is highly desirable, but not required. A college degree from an accredited college or university is preferred and a valid driver’s license and auto insurance are mandatory. Salary is dependent on experience, qualifications and available funding. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter and résumé detailing investigative experience to:
Staci M. Reynolds
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin
517 E. Wisconsin Ave., Ste 182
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Applications must be received no later than August 17, 2018. No telephone inquiries. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Future positions may be filled from this announcement.
Computer experience, including the use of computer programs for background checks, locating witnesses, analysis of social media, and creation of exhibits, is mandatory. At least ten years general experience and five years specialized experience is preferred, with preference given to prior experience in federal criminal defense and/or violent crime experience. The ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish is highly desirable, but not required.
About Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
FDSW, its lawyers, and its staff have as our mission providing our clients with what we like to call "the best defense money can't buy." It's long been a widely held belief that in the criminal justice system, defendants with money do better than those without. It is that belief we seek to turn on its head. By our skill, our commitment, and our energy, we strive to practice law in a way that makes our clients' lack of financial resources their good fortune.FDSW is not a government agency. It is a private corporation -- a law firm -- funded by a grant from the federal judiciary. In this regard and by design, FDSW maintains a degree of independence from the courts it serves, the judges before whom FDSW's lawyers practice, and the federal prosecutors who are our case-related adversaries. Our resources are impressive: if a case requires an expert, we have funds to hire the expert; if witnesses need to be located and interviewed or records need to be obtained, we have a full-time defense investigator. And to us, clients are human beings, not defendants with docket numbers: we are able to give each case and client the time and individual attention each deserves.Welcome to Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin.