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Assistant Public Defender 1

Primary Location

: United States of America-OHIO-Ross County-Chillicothe


: Public Defender Commission
Classified Indicator: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Exempt


: Full-time
Work Hours: 8am-5pm
Compensation: $16.23-$47.56

Unposting Date

: Jun 6, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

Job Function

: Attorney/Legal

Job Level

: Individual Contributor Agency Contact Name: Cherish Berry
Agency Contact Information: 614-466-5394 
Assistant Public Defender 1 (210003BJ) 


Job Duties

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks an Assistant Public Defender 1 (APD1) to serve in the Ross County Office of our Trial Services Division. The Ross County Office provides criminal defense representation to clients who cannot otherwise afford an attorney in the municipal courts in Ross County. The APD1 position will primarily represent indigent trial-level clients facing misdemeanor criminal charges, and will also assist on work in juvenile and felony. Note: the position does not involve trial-level representation in federal court and does not involve post-trial representation on direct appeal, state post-conviction, or federal habeas litigation. 

The successful APD1 candidate will thrive in a close-knit team environment and be interested in trial-level work and providing client service in a fast-paced work environment. A successful candidate will also be eager to work with a supervisor to learn the intricacies of the position and succeed in providing high-quality representation.

Essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare cases for trial
  • Try cases as lead counsel or co-counsel
  • Represent clients in community control violations
  • Conduct pre-trial conferences, hearings, and plea negotiations
  • Examine witnesses
  • Present legal arguments and evidence  

The qualified applicant will have demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Substantive and procedural criminal law
  • The rules of evidence
  • Constitutional law applicable to criminal litigation
  • Issues pertaining to trying a criminal case before a jury 
  • Litigation experience is preferred but not required.

**NOTE: Please submit a Cover Letter with your application**

About the Office of the Ohio Public Defender

The OPD is the state agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to people accused or convicted of a crime who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

  • OPD Mission: Advocating. Fighting. Helping.
  • OPD Vision: A Fair Justice System. 
  • OPD Values: Compassion. Dignity. Equity. Integrity. Service. Community.

OPD Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:  Our commitment to inclusion is inseparable from our commitment to a fair justice system. We strive to ensure inclusive spaces and services for our staff, our clients, and Ohio’s diverse communities. We are committed to building a work environment where all our team members have a voice and can embrace our differences to innovate service to the public. We can best meet our public defense mission through a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, where employees thrive, our mission is accomplished, and Ohioans are served. #TeamOPD is grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion as we work together to pursue fairness and justice for all people

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Benefits of joining the State of Ohio team:

  • Extensive health benefits for all full- and part-time permanent employees
  • Guaranteed 10 paid state holidays every year and paid leave accrues each pay period
  • At least a 14 percent employer contribution to your OPERS pension plan
  • Employee Tuition Reimbursement programs
  • Life insurance coverage for all permanent employees
  • See more at totalrewards.ohio.gov 

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Tamra Meister, ADA Coordinator, at 614-466-5394 or hcm@opd.ohio.gov.



 Licensed to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to section 4705.01 of Revised Code.

Note: Temporary Certification for Practice in Legal Services, Public Defender, and Law School Programs may be accepted in lieu of License to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to Gov. Bar R. IX of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
 Knowledge of criminal law; judicial system & process in Ohio; supervision; policies & procedures of Ohio Public Defender Commission (e.g., standards promulgated*; human relations; general management*; legal counseling; interviewing; public relations. Ability to deal with many variables & determine specific action; prepare &/or review pleadings, briefs, motions & memoranda; gather collate & classify information about data, people or things; handle complex legal issues involving significant risks, personal pressure & unusual attention to detail; establish good rapport with clients & their families &/or work cooperatively with county public defenders & members of private bar; code items from one symbolic form to another; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages.

(*)Developed after employment.

The typical starting salary for this position is $53,850; however, the salary will be commensurate with relevant experience.

This position serves at the pleasure and discretion of the State Public Defender. This position serves in a fiduciary relationship to the State Public Defender and will have an unclassified status per Ohio Revised Code 124.11 (A) (9).

Intentional omission of relevant information, falsification, or misrepresentation of information on the application will disqualify the applicant. In addition, such intentional acts are grounds for immediate termination of an employee. 

 Background Check Information 

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration. All final applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to test for illegal drug use prior to appointment. An applicant with a positive test shall not be offered employment

Position: Assistant Public Defender 1
Organization: Office of Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: $53,850
Posting Start Date: 5/27/2021
Date Posted: 5/27/2021
 Licensed to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to section 4705.01 of Revised Code.

Note: Temporary Certification for Practice in Legal Services, Public Defender, and Law School Programs may be accepted in lieu of License to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to Gov. Bar R. IX of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/25/2021
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Organization Information
Office of Ohio Public Defender
250 E. Broad St.

Columbus,  OH 43215
United States
(614) 466-3373
Cherish Berry