U.S. District Court
Northern District of Alabama

CJA Application Form For Appointment

Welcome to the Northern District of Alabama’s online application process for seeking appointment to the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Northern District. The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) panel is composed of no more than 75 lawyers selected by the court through this selection process, who are responsible for representing indigent criminal defendants and witnesses, probation- and supervision-revocation defendants, and any other person before the court for whom the Sixth Amendment provides a right to counsel.
The goal of the Court is to establish and maintain a panel that provides the highest quality of representation possible for persons in need of counsel. This application process is to assure a fair, equal, and transparent opportunity for all lawyers interested in working on the panel to seek membership and to receive fair and equal distribution of criminal appointments. All applications for membership on the panel will be thoroughly reviewed and considered, and all recommendations to the Court concerning membership will be made by majority vote of the CJA Administrative Committee, a committee of the court composed of a district judge, a magistrate judge, the Court Resource Counsel, and five other members of the bar. The standard always will be to attempt to select those lawyers who can most competently and zealously represent defendants before the Court.
The Court recognizes the value of having a diverse membership on the panel, and every effort will be made to fill the panel with a wide and diverse cross-section of the entire bar practicing in the federal criminal area. Although the selection process strives to be open, fair, and non-discriminatory, it also will strive to ensure greater diversity–whether based on race, gender, ethnicity or geography–than may have existed in the past.

Suggestion: Due to time-out issues, please print out the application form and complete manually before submitting the form electronically.

Please specify application for appointments to the divisions listed below:

First Name  
Middle Name
 
Last Name  
Generation
 
E-Mail:

   (include only one e-mail address)

AL Bar Number

      (include dashes; Example:  ASB-9999-X99X)

Firm Name  
Office Address  
Office City  
Office State   Firm ZIP     Example: 12345  or 12345-1234
Office Phone     Example: 205-123-1234  
Cell Phone     Example: 205-123-1234  
Fax Number     Example: 205-123-1234  
Residence Address

 

 

Please answer the following questions.

 

1. Please provide a chronological resume beginning with college and law school through current employer.


 

2. Provide dates of admission to each court of which you are a member of the bar:
Court
Date

 


If yes, list the date of each application and the name of any persons who interviewed you:

 


If yes, list the dates of your service:

 

List the names of the 15 most recent defendants to whom you were assigned in the Northern District of Alabama, including the case number in each case.
List only one case number per defendant.
Note: You may search for your cases on CM/ECF. Under the Query option, enter your Last Name and First Name and change the Type to Attorney and click the Run Query button. Click here to access the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama CM/ECF website.

  Defendant
  Case Number
Format: 7:01CR00367-RBP-TMP
or 01-00367-RBP
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

5. Trial Experience: how many criminal cases have you tried to a verdict in the last 10 years:

        U.S. District Court, NDAL
        Other Federal Experience
        State Court (include state court trials
                            in the last 5 years)

 

6. List the ten (10) most recent federal criminal trials in which you participated and provide the information requested for each entry.
    (To ensure successful submission of your form, use the following format for the Case Number: 7:01CR00367-RBP-TMP or 01-00367-RBP).
     Enter one case number per entry.

 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
Trial:
                     (if yes,   )
  
Role:      


 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
Trial:
                     (if yes,   )
  
Role:      

 

 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
Trial:
                     (if yes,   )
  
Role:      

 

7. List the ten (10) most recent state criminal trials in which you participated and provide the information requested for each entry.
    Enter ONE case number per entry.

 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
Trial:
                     (if yes,   )
  
Role:      

 

 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
Trial:
                     (if yes,   )
  
Role:      

 

 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
Trial:
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
Trial:
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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 Year  Defendant Name:  Case No
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                     (if yes,   )
  
Role:      

 

 


If yes, list each panel and the dates of your service. If no longer on the panel, explain why.

 


If yes, explain, including defendant's name and case number.

 


If yes, explain, giving panel and year of application. If interviewed, give name of current phone number of interviewer.

 


If yes, explain, giving panel, year of removal or non-removal, and reasons.

 

12. List the five most recent appeals you handled, including the information requested below:
Date
Case Name
Court
Citation
Wrote
Brief
Argued
Appeal

 

 


If yes, explain.

 

List any other legal experience which you believe would be helpful in evaluating your competence to serve on this panel (e.g. civil trials, civil or criminal appeals, criminal cases involving pre-trial or post-trial representations, publications, etc.). Include, where appropriate, the names and telephone numbers of adversaries and co-counsel or judges.

 


If yes, explain.

 


If yes, explain disposition.

 


If yes, give the particulars, including the jurisdiction and whether the proceeding progressed beyond a request for a response to a complaint. If the proceeding is still pending, please provide the details.

 

Would you be interested in serving on a panel of lawyers appointed to provide representation in capital cases?
If yes, please describe any particular qualifications that you have to provide representation for a defendant in a case where there is a possibility that the death penalty may be imposed. Please relate these qualifications to the case in #6 and #7 above in which the death penalty was applicable.

 


If yes, please check the appropriate boxes in the list and describe in the text box any particular qualifications that you have, including past representation in habeas cases, civil or criminal appeals, publications, etc.

28:2254 Habeas Proceedings
28:2255 Habeas Proceedings
Appellate Proceedings
Revocations of Probation / Supervised Release
42:1983 Prisoner Proceedings
Civil Pro Se / Pro Bono Cases
Involuntary Comitment/Confinement Proceedings
Grand Jury Witness

 

List any Continuing Legal Education experience within the last five years, either as a lecturer or participant, in criminal or trial advocacy programs.