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Assistant Public Defender 1 - Appeals & Post-Conviction
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD) is seeking a zealous and creative Assistant Public Defender 1 (APD1) to join the Appeals and Post-Conviction (“APC”) Section of our Legal Department.  Attorneys in the Appeals and Post-Conviction section provide representation in a wide range of proceedings occurring after a client has been convicted of one or more non-capital felonies.  A successful APD 1 in APC demonstrates a commitment to indigent defense and compassion for their clients.  They also have strong analytical skills and are adept at legal research and persuasive writing.  Further, excellent interpersonal skills, a desire to expand one’s legal knowledge and skills, and an ability to accept constructive feedback are valuable attributes for an APD 1.

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Posting Closes 12/28/21
Position: Assistant Public Defender 1 - Appeals & Post-Conviction
Organization: The Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: The typical starting salary for this position is $53,850; however, the salary will be commensurate with relevant experience.
Posting Start Date: 12/6/2021
Date Posted: 12/16/2021
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.
 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
Status: This listing expires on: 3/16/2022
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The Office of the Ohio Public Defender
250 E Broad St #1400

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