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Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 715, the Chief Judge, with approval of the Court, may appoint a Senior Staff Attorney, who, with the approval of the Chief Judge, may appoint necessary staff attorneys and secretarial and clerical employees. The Senior Staff Attorney is the director of the Staff Attorney's Office.

The Staff Attorney's Office assists the Court by conducting research into specific areas of law as determined by the Court, and communicates its work product to the Court by way of written memoranda of law. This work encompasses both substantive and procedural issues. The substantive areas of the law include, but are not limited to: habeas corpus petitions (28 U.S.C. §§ 2241, 2254); motions to vacate, set aside, or correct sentences (28 U.S.C. § 2255); civil rights actions (42 U.S.C. § 1983, Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388, 91 S.Ct. 1999, 29 L.Ed.2d 619 (1971)); motions to withdraw as counsel pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967); Title VII employment discrimination actions; direct criminal appeals; social security appeals; black lung actions; bankruptcy; tax law; agency review, and immigration law.

Additionally, a specialized unit within the office assists the Court in the initial review of all appeals filed for the purpose of determining jurisdiction. Another specialized unit presents substantive motions to the Court for the determination of in forma pauperis status, certificates of appealability, transcripts at government expense, and motions to withdraw/substitute counsel.

While all Court staff serve "at the pleasure of the Court," attorneys generally are appointed for two year terms.

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