Friday, January 17, 2014

Federal Mentoring Program for the District of Kansas

Interested in practicing in federal court, but a bit shy of experience?  Intimidated by the Napoleonic Code that is the Federal Sentencing Guidelines?  Well, we have an idea.

The new Federal Public Defender, Melody Evans, is happy to announce that the Judges of the Kansas District Court have generously decided to support a new pilot program to provide mentorship for lawyers interested in representing indigent defendants in federal prosecutions.  Here are the basics:

  • you will be assigned an attorney from the Federal Defender to shadow
  • your term will last for about one year
  • you will follow your assigned attorney through a number of cases, including discovery review, client meetings, suppression issue analysis, sentencing guideline computation, and all other aspects of federal representation
  • you will be compensated at the rate of $70 an hour
Completion of the program is not a guarantee of inclusion on the federal CJA panel, but we hope to introduce you to the basics of the federal system.  

The program is limited to five participants.  A formal application will be finalized early next week.  If you are interested in applying, please send an email to  If you are an attorney that knows someone who you think would be interested, please encourage them.  We will have additional application links before long, so check back.

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