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Staff Investigator
The Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Staff Investigator.
Justice . Dignity . Hope .
To fight for our clients by providing excellent client-centered representation, reforming the system, and partnering with the community.
The Orleans Public Defenders Office provides holistic, community-based representation in Orleans Parish. We represent thousands of people each year utilizing a client-centered defense model that puts the client first and takes a 360 degree approach to our advocacy and representation. We recognize our clients are unique individuals and work to address their needs both in the court and out. Our diverse staff includes adult and juvenile attorneys; social workers; client, youth and parent advocates; investigators, and administrators all working together for equal justice for our clients, their families, our community, and a better New Orleans. In short, we protect innocence, defend the constitution, demand justice, and hold power accountable.
OPD is committed to providing zealous client-centered, community-oriented defense. Each client’s needs are supported by a dedicated legal team: attorneys, investigators, client advocates, social workers and court support administrators. Highly-skilled Staff Investigators work with OPD Staff Attorneys to put together the best possible defense for each client by investigating alleged crimes.
A Staff Investigator’s duties can involve in-office tasks such as searching and requesting records, reviewing discovery, completing background research, writing case memoranda that accurately documents all investigative work completed on a case, preparing demonstratives for trial, and testifying in court. It also involves being in the field locating and interviewing witnesses, taking written statements, surveying and photographing crime scenes, and serving subpoenas. It will require regular in-person contact—including regular trips to the courthouse, local jails and correctional facilities, and time spent locating and speaking with people who have direct or peripheral relation to a client’s matter. The Staff Investigator will be involved in all aspects of case preparation including providing strategic recommendations.
Position: Staff Investigator
Organization: Orleans Public Defenders
Location: New Orleans,  LA 
United States
Salary: 40,000+ Based on experience
Posting Start Date: 11/9/2022
Date Posted: 11/9/2022
Requirements Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated interest in working with underserved communities
  • Ability to work well with people of various socioeconomic and educational backgrounds
  • Willingness to do field work a must
  • Must be proficient at multi-tasking
  • Possess good research skills (non-legal) 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court personnel orally and in writing
  • Access to a reliable and insured vehicle
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Two years of investigative experience (preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese (preferred)
  • Entry-level salary begins at $40,000 with increased steps depending on experience and qualifications
  • Company paid Employee Medical coverage
  • Company paid Life and Accidental Death coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Company paid Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Plans
  • Generous paid leave (Sick & Vacation).
To Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants must submit all of the following to  be considered for this position:  click here for online application:
  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Three (3) references
  4. Writing sample
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls.
OPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
The Orleans Public Defenders provide representation to indigent criminal defendants in Orleans Parish. OPD’s mission is to fight for our clients by providing excellent client-centered representation, reforming the system and partnering with the community. OPD is committed to excellence in the provision of legal services for indigent defendants and client-centered representation that respects the humanity and dignity of those within the criminal justice system.
Status: This listing expires on: 2/7/2023
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Organization Information
Orleans Public Defenders
2601 Tulane Avenue, Ste. 700

New Orleans,  LA 70119
United States
(504) 827-8179
(504) 821-5285
Sharee Garnett