Lawyers Journal

Deadline nears for applying to serve on 1st Circuit panel

The First Circuit Court of Appeals is currently accepting applications to serve on the court's Criminal Justice Act panel. Applicants must be a member of the bar of the court in good standing; must have a demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, federal criminal law and appellate procedure; must have a commitment to indigent criminal defense; and must be willing to accept at least one CJA appellate appointment each year.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the First Circuit CJA appellate panel should submit three copies of a completed application form; a resume; and an appellate brief and a copy of the court opinion that issued, preferably in a federal criminal or habeas corpus appeal. Copies should be sent to the Clerk of Court, John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02210. If you have not prepared a brief, you may substitute another writing sample.

Instructions and application forms may be downloaded from the court's Web site at www.ca1.uscourts.gov under the "CJA Materials" button. They may also be obtained from the Clerk of Court.

All current members interested in continued panel membership must reapply. Completed applications and attachments should be mailed to the clerk and must be received no later than June 13 at 5 p.m. It is anticipated that a reconstituted CJA panel will be put in place by the fall.

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