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.