Position Information

Position Information Message
Assistant Public Defender - Level 1
Salary Range: $55,000 - $68,000

Kalamazoo Defender is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of representing the adult indigent population charged with a crime within Kalamazoo County. It is Kalamazoo County’s Public Defender.
Three things distinguish Kalamazoo Defender from most public defender offices in Michigan: 1) It is a tax-exempt non-profit organization, independent from County government; 2) It is governed by a board of citizens with legal, judicial, medical and social work experience; and 3) It represents a “holistic” model of representation, integrated with Kalamazoo's many human service organizations in order to attend to the whole client, beyond the strict confines of a particular criminal charge.

Kalamazoo Defender’s mission is rooted in the conviction that poverty and various forms of discrimination put our clients on inequitable footing within and beyond our criminal justice system.Our job is to be their zealous defender in the face of these systemic barriers, upholding not just the letter but the spirit of the U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment, whatever the particulars of a given case.

Core Responsibilities
  • Provides court appointed indigent defense services within Kalamazoo County Courts.
  • Carries a full caseload and receives direct supervision from the Chief Public Defender.
  • Takes cases involving misdemeanor charges.
  • Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the Prosecution.
  • Promptly meets with clients and learns the client's goals for the representation and any special needs of the client.
  • Determines what further fact investigation to undertake and directs that investigation, including the identification, consultation and hiring of applicable experts as approved by the Chief Public Defender or designee.
  • Determines what legal issues need development, researches those issues, and presents them in the appropriate forum.
  • Negotiates with the Prosecution and promptly advises the client of the status of those negotiations.
  • Litigates any legal issues that are necessary and appropriate, including bringing cases to trial.
  • Conducts any post-trial litigation necessary such as sentencing and post trial motions (excluding appeals).
  • Maintains availability to other staff members for consultation and education; participates in training programs; maintains current knowledge of appropriate support functions.
  • Maintains accurate, complete and legible case files.
  • Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Chief Public Defender or designee.
  • Participates in legal clinics held in community forums.
Position: Assistant Public Defender - Level 1
Organization: Kalamazoo Defender
Location: Kalamazoo,  MI 
United States
Salary: $55,000-$68,000
Posting Start Date: 8/10/2021
Date Posted: 8/10/2021
  • A Juris Doctorate with license to practice in the State of Michigan—and good standing with the State Bar of Michigan.
  • Court experience, particularly with criminal proceedings, a plus.
  • Administrative and supervisory experience welcome.
  • Experience in a public defender office welcome.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with the communities from which our clients come.
  • Compelling references and an solid legal track record.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/8/2021
Apply Apply for this Position
Send to a Friend  Send to Friend
Return to Job Search  Return to Job Search
Post a Position  Post a Position
Organization Information
Kalamazoo Defender
151 S. Rose St., Ste. 300

Kalamazoo,  MI 49007-4792
United States
(269) 250-5001
Sharon Brown