Employment Opportunities within the Profession

 
  • 03/21/2017 - Assistant Public Defender 2, Office of the Ohio Public Defender, Death Penalty Department - Columbus, OH 

The Death Penalty Department at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks an experienced post-conviction litigator to represent capital defendants in state direct appeal and post-conviction, federal habeas, and clemency. For more information about this position, click here. To apply online, visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ohio?keywords=Assistant%20Public%20Defender. The posting closes at midnight April 2, 2017.

  • 03/15/2017 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Wyoming Trial - Cheyenne, WY 

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming seeks a superior trial attorney to join our branch office in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is a full-time position, dedicated to all stages of the magistrate and district court proceedings. Our attorneys are expected to be zealous advocates of the highest caliber, devoted to the defense of the poor, and enforcement of the Bill of Rights. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 03/07/2017 - Assistant Public Defender, Public Defender, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - Saipan, MP 

The Office of the Public Defender of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has an opening for an Assistant Public Defender. The position requires representing a culturally diverse population accused of traffic offenses, probation violations, misdemeanors and felonies in Superior Court as well as writing and arguing appeals in the CNMI Supreme Court. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 03/06/2017 - Executive Director of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice - Raleigh, NC 

The North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) is seeking an Executive Director who will execute the mission of a volunteer organization that protects people’s rights through member services and development, education, fundraising, and advocacy. NCAJ with its affiliated entities is a nonpartisan association of legal professionals with more than 2,500 members. NCAJ and its members work to protect the interests and civil rights of injured people, the criminally accused and convicted, families, workers, and the disabled. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board of NCAJ and, in conjunction with the COO, oversees all daily operations of the organization. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 03/06/2017 - Chief Trial Deputy, Colorado State Public Defender - Denver, CO 

The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender (OSPD) is accepting applications for the position of Chief Trial Deputy, Complex Cases in their Denver office.The mission of OSPD is to defend and protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. This position requires applying specialized knowledge and experience in death penalty and other complex homicide cases. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 03/01/2017 - Regional Coordinator, Idaho Public Defense Commission - Positions are available in three different locations in Idaho (Boise, Idaho Falls/Pocatello/Twin Falls, and Coeur d’Alene/Lewiston/Moscow) 

The Idaho Public Defense Commission is seeking applicants for Public Defense Regional Coordinators in three different locations in Idaho. The Comission is looking for candidates with a law degree and excellent communication skills, along with the ability to build and maintain positive relationships. Under the direction of the Executive Director, this position will work with local stakeholders, including defending attorneys, County Commissioners and Clerks, in their districts to ensure compliance with and understanding of standards created by the Public Defense Commission. For more information about the position announcements, click on the links below.
- Boise position announcement
Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls position announcement
Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Moscow position announcement
 

  • 02/24/2017 - Assistant Federal Defender for the Western District of Washington - Seattle, WA 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Defender in our Seattle office. The attorney will also be expected to represent clients in federal court in Tacoma. The position provides the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse, and rewarding work environment. The Federal Public Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 02/21/2017 - Trial Unit Paralegal, Federal Public Defender of the District of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV 

The office of the Federal Public Defender of the District of Nevada is now accepting applications for a Paralegal position in the Trial Unit. This is a full-time position based in Las Vegas. Applicants should have experience in the criminal justice field and possess good writing skills. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 02/17/2017 - Paralegal, Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender - Nashville, TN 

The Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender (OPCD) is accepting applications for a paralegal. The OPCD is an independent agency of the Tennessee state government. The agency represents people sentenced to death in Tennessee and provides non-case-specific assistance and educational resources to appointed counsel in capital cases. The OPCD handles cases throughout Tennessee and travel is required. Please see www.tnpcdo.net for further details. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 02/10/2017 - Assistant Executive Director, Indiana Public Defender Council - Indianapolis, IN 

The Indiana Public Defender Council is seeking an Assistant Executive Director to assists the Executive Director in managing the agency. The Indiana Public Defender Council is an independent judicial branch state agency. The mission of the Council is to improve legal representation provided at public expense in state courts in Indiana. It is anticipated that the Assistant Executive Director will become the Executive Director in July of 2018, upon the retirement of the current Executive Director. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 02/01/2017 - Assistant Post-Conviction Defender,  Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender - Nashville, TN 

The Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender (OPCD) is accepting applications for an Assistant Post-Conviction Defender. The OPCD is an independent agency of the Tennessee state government. The agency represents people sentenced to death in Tennessee and provides non-case-specific assistance and educational resources to appointed counsel in capital cases. Direct representation focuses on the investigation and presentation of collateral claims in state courts, primarily in post-conviction proceedings. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/25/2017 - Assistant Federal Defender/Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Public Defender Southern District of Ohio - Columbus, OH - DEADLINE: February 2, 2017 

The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Defender for the Capital Habeas Unit to be stationed in the Columbus office. The Assistant Federal Defender is an attorney position which provides representation to clients in federal habeas proceedings who have been sentenced to death in the state courts of Ohio. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/25/2017 - Assistant Research & Writing Specialist/Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Public Defender Southern District of Ohio - Columbus, OH - DEADLINE: February 2, 2017 

The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio is accepting applications for the position of Research & Writing Specialist for the Capital Habeas Unit to be stationed in the Columbus office. The research & writing specialist is an attorney position which provides advanced research and writing support to the Assistant Federal Defenders in the unit. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/19/2017 - Assistant Public Defender, County of Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara/Santa Maria, CA - DEADLINE: January 27, 2017 at 12 PM PST 

The County of Santa Barbara is seeking an experienced professional to serve as their new Assistant Public Defender. The Office of the Public Defender exists to provide legal services to those persons who qualify for our assistance.Our mission is to protect and defend the rights of our clients through legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all. This position may be stationed in Santa Barbara or Santa Maria depending on the needs of the department. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/19/2017 - Executive Director of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice - Raleigh, NC 

The North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) are seeking an Executive Director to execute the mission of a volunteer organization that protects people’s rights through member services and development, education, fundraising, and advocacy. NCAJ with its affiliated entities is a nonpartisan association of legal professionals with more than 2,500 members and is working to protect the interests and civil rights of injured people, the criminally accused and convicted, families, workers, and the disabled. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/11/2017 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender District of Nevada - Reno, NV 

The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender. This is a full-time position located in Reno, Nevada. The Reno office represents indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/11/2017 - Investigator, Trial Unit - Federal Public Defender District of Nevada - Reno, NV 

The Office of the Federal Public Defender is now accepting applications for an Investigator position. This is a full-time position located in Reno. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/06/2017 - Staff Attorney, ArchCity Defenders - St. Louis, MO 

ArchCity Defenders, a not for profit law firm located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, is seeking to fill an immediate need for a full-time staff attorney to represent the indigent in civil & criminal matters and help connect them to social services. All applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and social justice. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 01/04/2017 - Executive Director, New York State Defender Association - Albany, NY 

The New York State Defenders Association is seeking an Executive Directors and is hoping to identify candidates from around the country who may be interested in this public defense and leadership position. NYSDA is a nonprofit organization that provides support services to public defense attorneys (criminal defense and adult family court defense) throughout New York State, including training, litigation assistance, consultations, and technical assistance. NYSDA’s mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 12/30/2016 - Public Defender, Cuyahoga County - Cleveland, OH - DEADLINE: 4:30 PM, January 31, 2017 

The Cuyahoga County Public Defender Commission is seeking applications for the Cuyahoga County Public Defender position. Candidates must be an attorney with at least two years of experience in the practice of law and be admitted to the practice of law in Ohio at least one year prior to appointment. Interested attorneys may view the posting here.

  • 12/22/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota - Rapid City, SD - DEADLINE: January 27, 2017 

The Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with federal crimes, largely violent crimes from Indian Country with a heavy trial calendar. This is a full time attorney position dedicated exclusively to criminal defense work in federal district court and the U. S. Court of Appeals. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 12/21/2016 - Deputy Director of Litigation, The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs - Washington, DC 

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) seeks a Deputy Director of Litigation. The selected candidate will report to the Director of Litigation to develop, litigate and supervise litigation across the spectrum of issues handled by the Committee. In addition, the Deputy Director of Litigation will lead the effort to expand the Committee’s docket of matters related to criminal system reform including cases to address police misconduct, debtor’s prisons, collateral consequences, and access to indigent defense. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 12/06/2016 - Assistant Paralegal for Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio - Columbus, OH 

The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Paralegal for the Capital Habeas Unit to be stationed in the Columbus office. The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the U.S. Courts operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 USC 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. The Capital Habeas Unit represents state death sentenced individuals in federal habeas and state clemency proceedings. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 12/02/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender - Albuquerque, NM - DEADLINE: December 23, 2016 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico is seeking a full time, experienced trial attorney for the main office in Albuquerque. Federal salary and benefits apply. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/10/2016 - Capital Habeas Attorney, Georgia Resource Center - Atlanta, GA - DEADLINE: December 16, 2016 

The Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center is looking for a capital habeas attorney to join their defense team. The attorney will undertake all aspects of state and federal habeas corpus litigation and clemency proceedings, including: identifying habeas issues through exhaustive review of trial, appellate, and collateral records; working with investigators and experts to develop those issues into legal claims; conducting legal research; drafting and filing appellate briefs and pleadings; conducting depositions; preparing expert and lay witnesses for and presenting evidence at state evidentiary hearings; appearing in court for other hearings and oral argument; and providing legal and investigative assistance to pro bono attorneys. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/09/2016 - Capital Habeas Unit Investigator - Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV 

The office of the Federal Public Defender is now accepting applications for an Investigator position in the Capital Habeas Unit. This is a full-time position based in the Las Vegas office. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/07/2016 - Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law - New York, NY - DEADLINE: November 30, 2016 

The Brennan Center’s Justice Program is seeking an attorney (Mid-Level, Full-Time) to join a cutting edge inter-disciplinary team working to end mass incarceration in the United States. The Attorney's main responsibility will be to supervise and lead a staff team on a major Brennan Center project: a fiscal impact study of the fees and fines levied on criminal justice defendants. The project team will assess the overall costs of collecting these fees and compare them with revenues in several jurisdictions to ascertain whether this practice is an effective policy. The project will last two years and six months (through April 2019). The Attorney will be responsible for managing the entire project from start to finish. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/01/2016 - Executive Director - New York State Defender Association - New York, NY 

The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) is seeking an Executive Director. NYSDA’s mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people. NYSDA is a 50-year old non-profit membership association with 1,900 members, which since 1978 has sustained the nation’s only backup center for public defense. For more information about this position, click here.

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