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Assistant Public Defender - Death Penalty Department

Link to apply:  https://dasstateoh.taleo.net/careersection/oh_ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=21000794&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking committed and compassionate individuals to fill two Assistant Public Defender 1 ("APD1") positions in our Death Penalty Department. 
The APD1 position represents indigent death-sentenced clients in all stages of post-trial litigation and executive clemency. Post-trial litigation may include direct appeal, post-conviction, and federal habeas corpus litigation. The Death Penalty Department emphasizes a client-centered, team approach to representation, and an APD1 will most often be working with a team of attorneys, mitigation specialists, fact investigators, and core administrative staff.

A successful APD1 will:

  • Have a strong commitment to indigent defense, and have the capacity and compassion to work with clients facing the ultimate penalty;
  • Possess strong analytical and reasoning skills, and be an effective and persuasive communicator – both written and verbal;
  • Be able to work collaboratively as a member of a defense team, including accepting and providing constructive feedback;
  • Continually engage in professional development, focusing on advancements in the law, forensics, psychology, and other related fields;
  • Be able to think creatively to identify, develop, and litigate (with appropriate supervision and support) issues and theories during each stage of the proceedings, often with an emphasis on changing the narrative from the case presented at trial; and
  • Maintain appropriate respect and professionalism with our clients, their families and supporters, victims’ and their families, witnesses, former jurors, attorneys, judges and courtroom staff, and others we encounter as we advocate for our clients.

The position currently offers you the opportunity to work from home for a portion of time, so a successful candidate will be self-motivated and comfortable communicating via Microsoft Teams or other conferencing software.

The essential job duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reviewing the capital trial record to identify potential errors and avenues for additional investigation;
  • Investigating the facts of the underlying offense(s), the circumstances of the criminal trial and sentencing proceedings, the client’s personal and family history, and other relevant factors that have impacted the client’s development. This often includes investigating the impact of systemic racism, mass incarceration, childhood trauma, poverty, mental and physical illnesses, and other cultural and sociological experiences;
  • Identifying and collaborating with experts in relevant fields, including capital defense (jury selection, trial practice, mitigation investigation, etc.), forensics, mental health, trauma, and other specialized areas of expertise as needed to fully investigate, prepare and present the client’s case;
  • Researching, briefing and arguing cases on direct appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court;
  • Preparing and litigating post-conviction petitions, including discovery requests, evidentiary hearings, and appellate briefing and arguments;
  • Preparing and litigating habeas petitions, including discovery requests, evidentiary hearings, and appellate briefing and arguments; and
  • Advocating for executive clemency, including developing a compelling narrative case, working with supporters from various organizations, engaging in effective, strategic communication, and supporting the client throughout the difficult and complex process.

The typical starting salary for this position is $53,850; The salary and position offered will be commensurate with additional relevant years of experience and practice.

Position: Assistant Public Defender - Death Penalty Department
Organization: Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: $16.23-$48.99
Posting Start Date: 9/30/2021
Date Posted: 9/30/2021
Requirements 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: 12/29/2021
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Office of the Ohio Public Defender
250 East Broad Street, Suite 1400

Columbus,  OH 43215
United States
(614) 466-5394
Elijah Kelly