Second Chair

The Second Chair Program is a training and mentoring program for attorneys who want to apply for the CJA Panel, but may lack the requisite experience.

The program is led by the Federal Public Defender office, and includes an intensive monthly orientation that covers all phases of a federal criminal case and the sentencing guidelines. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for continued participation in the program. Each participant will also be assigned to a more experienced mentor attorney to shadow on selected cases. Participants should plan to commit about 8-10 hours per month. Materials and compensation ($70 per hour) are provided courtesy of the Bench-Bar Committee. Participants may also be requested to assist current FPD clients, pro bono, with representation on basic legal matters related to their criminal case.

The 2019-20 program will take place in Kansas City and will begin in January 2019. If you would like to apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references to Laura Shaneyfelt, CJA Resource Counsel, at laura_shaneyfelt@fd.org. Applications should be received by November 15, 2018.