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Assistant Public Defender 1 – Trial Team
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The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking a client-centered individual for an Assistant Public Defender 1 ("APD1") position in our Trial Department. The Trial Department’s focus is on high-level felony cases, death penalty representation, complex or strategic litigation, and representation of clients who have had strained relationships with prior counsel. The position will join two other Assistant Public Defenders in the Trial Department, and will report to the Deputy Director of Trial Services. In the majority of cases, the APD1 position will work independently under supervision from the Deputy Director. The position will also collaborate with and occasionally work as co-counsel with other members of the Columbus Trial Team. The position is based out of the Columbus office, but requires routine travel throughout most regions of Ohio, including travel to county courts, county jails, and Department of Rehabilitation and Correction facilities. The majority of current representation provided by this position is in-person. The preferred APD1 candidate will be an empathetic communicator who has demonstrated experience working with clients experiencing mental health, medical, and addiction-related issues.  When not traveling or in trial, the position does currently offers you the opportunity to work from home for portions of the 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:
  • Represents indigent criminal defendants in complex and difficult cases in state and federal court, including capital cases and cases when requested by the trial court or County Public Defender
  • Routinely represents clients in cases where previous attorney/client relationships have broken down or become unworkable.Representation often requires building or reconstructing trusting relationships with clients
  • Trial-level representation includes the following tasks:
    • Serves as lead or co-counsel in complex and difficult cases with staff from the Ohio Public Defender, county public defenders, and members of the private bar;
    • Renders legal advice to county public defenders and members of the private bar on the representation of indigent criminal defendants charged in complex and difficult cases;
    • Researches, analyzes, and interprets difficult and complex case law;
    • Talks to witness and reviews discovery, formulates legal strategy, works with criminal investigators and mitigation specialists, and coordinates with expert witnesses;
    • Corresponds and meets with clients to explain legal strategies and options, responds to calls, letters, and schedules in-person meetings with clients and their family members;
    • Presents pre-trial motions, performs voir dire, develops and delivers opening statements, cross examines witnesses, presents a defense/call witnesses, conducts closing argument, addresses juror questions, conducts pre-trial conferences, and engages in plea negotiations
  • Plans and conducts instructional programs for agency staff, county public defenders, and members of the private bar.Conducts individual training sessions and assists and consults on specific cases that are complex and difficult. Plans and conducts statewide training and seminars
  • Represents indigent clients in post-conviction matters (e.g. in ORC 2953.21 petitions, motions for new trial, & jail time credit), civil litigation (e.g. habeas corpus or other writs), remand after successful appeal in state & federal courts, and other hearings.
Note: This position does not require you to be pre-certified for purposes of appointment to a death penalty case.

The typical starting salary for an APD1 position is $53,850; however, the salary and position offered will be commensurate with additional relevant years of experience and practice. We encourage candidates with significant years of experience in trial-level advocacy to apply.
Position: Assistant Public Defender 1 – Trial Team
Organization: Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: The typical starting salary for this position is $62,000; however, the salary will be commensurate with relevant experience
Posting Start Date: 11/5/2021
Date Posted: 11/5/2021
Requirements Licensed to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to section 4705.01 of Revised Code. 
Status: This listing expires on: 2/3/2022
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Office of the Ohio Public Defender
250 East Broad Street, Suite 1400

Columbus,  OH 43215
United States
(614) 466-5394
Elisa Lenssen