PUBLIC DEFENDER FELLOWSHIP
The Division of Public Defender Services is awaiting approval of potential funding for fifteen (15) temporary/durational Attorney positions. With legislative approval, these positions will be established as a two-year fellowship and will be assigned to the Geographical Area Courts throughout Connecticut. A funding decision will be made by the legislature in early May.
This is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates who will be sitting for the July 2022 Connecticut Bar exam and Attorneys interested in working in the area of indigent defense. During the two-year period, individuals will be conducting the business of the Division in Courts, will be able to take part in the extensive training programs offered to our staff and be able to apply for permanent positions with the Division.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Defends indigent clients; advises clients of rights and responsibilities; appear with and for clients at all court hearings; review, evaluate and determine legal motions, pleas and other legal action on behalf of clients; negotiate plea negotiations and other agreements with Prosecutors and Judges; assist individuals impacted by mental illness and substance abuse; order investigations and subpoenas; requests social work services; study and interpret laws, court decisions and other legal authorities; transport, quickly read, analyze and comprehend numerous files, including those related to complex cases, under tight deadlines and in crowded and noisy environment; interview witnesses; prepare briefs, motions and other legal documents; represent clients at jury or court trials; keeps up to date on developments in law practice and attends training; develops and maintains relationships with outside agencies. Perform other related duties as assigned.
PUBLIC DEFENDER FELLOWSHIP
||Division of Public Defender Services
|Posting Start Date:
General Experience: Must be admitted to the Connecticut Bar or a Law School Graduate sitting for the July 2022 administration of the Connecticut Bar and be a certified legal intern in Connecticut. Desirable candidates would have experience in criminal defense
|Certified Legal Interns:
||$26.13 per hour (Represents 75% of DAPD) (Starting Salary is currently pending legislative approval for increases for 7/2021 & 7/1/2022)
||$72,459 (Currently pending legislative approval for increases for 7/2021 and 7/2022
During this two-year period, Fellowship Attorneys will be able to access the following State benefits:
- Health Benefits (after 60 days)
Fellowship Attorneys will be encouraged to apply for permanent positions that the Division may post during the Fellowship period.
- Accrued Vacation & Sick Time
- Contribute to State Retirement Plan
Applicants will submit an application package (one document PDF) to Diane.Fitzpatrick@pds.ct.gov no later than April 25, 2022, containing the following:
All forms can be located on our website: Employment Opportunities
- Letter of interest.
- Current resume
- Attorney Application Supplement or Attorney Application Supplement (Recent Graduate)
- Employment Application for outside candidates.
- Attorney Reference Form
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Division of Public Defender Services is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.
||This listing expires on: 6/29/2022