Applying for the 2021-2025 CJA Panel

United States District Court
Southern District of Illinois
Criminal Justice Act Plan


The Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of Illinois was reconstituted in September 2021 in accordance with the District’s Criminal Justice Act Plan. The panel will remain in place for a four-year term ending in 2025. The panel consists of both qualified panel attorneys and panel mentees.  The CJA Panel Selection Committee will consider applications of individuals who are interested in applying for the panel before the 2025 reconstitution. Applicants prior to 2025 will be considered for admission based on their experience and the needs of the panel at the time of the application. The CJA membership application can be found on CJA tab of website for the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois and is also linked below.

The Criminal Justice Act Plan for the Southern District of Illinois specifies that all attorneys who serve on the CJA Panel must be members in good standing of the bar of this district court and the bar of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Further, “Attorneys who serve on the CJA Panel will also be expected to have and maintain acceptable standards of competence, judgment, character, and demeanor to provide their clients with all the benefits of high quality legal counsel. Appointed attorneys shall conform to the highest standards of professional conduct, including but not limited to the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois and other standards for professional conduct adopted by the Court. All qualified attorneys shall furnish representation in CJA cases, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disabling condition.”

CJA Application