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Assistant Public Defender 1 - Juvenile Department
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks an organized and dedicated Assistant Public Defender 1 ("APD1") for the Appeals and Post-Conviction section of its Juvenile Department.
The Juvenile Department is a team of talented professionals focused primarily on post-disposition advocacy and ensuring that the constitutional rights of children are fully realized and protected. We steadily work toward a holistic approach to helping youth in the justice system and know that the value of our advocacy extends beyond a child’s duration of confinement.
Appellate attorneys in the Juvenile Department provide representation in a wide range of proceedings following a child’s delinquency adjudication in juvenile court or conviction in criminal court, post-transfer. Successful APDs in the Juvenile Department demonstrate a commitment to indigent defense and a compassion for children. They also have strong analytical skills and are adept at legal research and persuasive writing. Further, an APD 1 also demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, a desire to expand one’s legal knowledge and skills, the ability to accept constructive feedback, and works well as a member of a team.  The position 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.

To apply, please visit our job posting at the link below:


Posting Closes Sunday January 2, 2022
Position: Assistant Public Defender 1 - Juvenile Department
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: 12/17/2021
Date Posted: 12/17/2021
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: 3/17/2022
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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