The CJA Case Budgeting Attorney (CBA) is part of the Ninth Circuit’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Unit within the OCE and funded by the Defender Services Office (DSO) of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

Please read the “Qualifications” section.

The CJA Unit is led by the CJA Supervising Attorney and includes two case budgeting attorneys, a CJA administrative attorney, a CJA analyst, and a CJA specialist. The primary focus of the CJA Case Budgeting Attorney’s job is to provide guidance, support, oversight, and assistance to courts and CJA panel attorneys on funding and services for complex and high-resource CJA representations within the Ninth Circuit’s district and appellate courts. The incumbent interacts frequently with judges, chambers staff, court executives, CJA panel attorneys, federal defenders, CJA administrative staff, and DSO personnel on CJA matters and assists with policy development.

Major Duties

  • Managing case budgets throughout the Circuit by working with CJA attorneys, judges, and CJA administrators to fund high-quality, cost-effective representations in complex or high-resource criminal cases, federal death penalty cases, and capital habeas corpus proceedings.
  • Working with CJA attorneys to identify, coordinate, and effectively use litigation resources (including experts and other service providers) and assisting with negotiating appropriate service provider rates and fees.
  • Providing guidance on discovery management and coordinating shared resources in multi-defendant cases.
  • Developing best practices and training programs for courts, CJA administrators, and panel attorneys on case budgeting, efficient resource management, and CJA vouchering.
  • Serving as a resource for CJA Panel Attorney District Representatives, courts, and federal defender organizations regarding the CJA panel attorney program.
  • Assisting with development and implementation of CJA policies and procedures, including district CJA plans, panel management, and compensability issues in coordination with the Ninth Circuit CJA Supervising Attorney and the AO’s Defender Services Office.
  • Collaborating with Case Budgeting Attorney colleagues across the country regarding best practices.
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on attorney and service provider payment vouchers, as requested.
  • Other duties and projects relevant to the position, as assigned.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree (or equivalent) from an accredited law school.
  • Membership in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, commonwealth, or federal court of general jurisdiction.
  • A minimum of four years of experience in federal criminal defense.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding of the Criminal Justice Act and attorney billing practices, including experience with eVoucher.
  • Demonstrated commitment to high-quality CJA representation and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
  • Exceptional organization, time management, and critical thinking skills; demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple demands, meet established deadlines, and fulfill commitments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to use tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Teams.

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