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Holistic Defense Services Mitigation Specialist
About Our Holistic Defense Services Mitigation Specialists
We are seeking mitigation specialists to help our trial office clients with the underlying issues that have led to their contact with the criminal legal system. Mitigation specialists will connect clients to resources in the community and work with attorneys to advocate for appropriate outcomes that take into consideration a more holistic view of who our clients are and how we can prevent the vicious cycle of criminal legal involvement.
Through their work, mitigation specialists can help reduce pretrial detention and unnecessary prison sentences and can create lasting and meaningful change in the way the criminal legal system works. Mitigation specialists will work in MSPD Trial offices across the state, serving clients in an assigned region and building relationships with community providers to overcome the barriers our clients face in accessing services and the stigma of criminal legal involvement.
This is a professional position responsible for assisting regional MSPD offices with the underlying issues that have led to their clients’ contact with the criminal justice system and with presenting mitigation information to be used in pre-trial negotiations and at sentencing.
Upon referral by attorneys, they will provide case management assistance to clients and will develop psychosocial histories of clients to assist attorneys with client relationships and advocacy in all facets of their representation. An employee in this position will also develop mitigation memoranda for use in clients’ cases.
An employee in this position will engage with community organizations to identify services to assist clients and will collaborate with Holistic Defense Specialists in regional MSPD offices to help supervise social work interns and volunteers. Regular travel within the assigned region is both expected and required.
Examples of Work
  • Provide case management services to clients
  • Conduct psychosocial history interviews with clients and mitigation witnesses
  • Request and review records
  • Conduct literature reviews and social science research as part of mitigation work
  • Assist attorneys in developing mitigation themes and draft mitigation memoranda
  • Supervise social work interns and other holistic defense interns
  • Provide support and guidance to Holistic Defense Specialists in assigned region
  • Map resources in the assigned region and create partnerships with local service providers and agencies to help clients address the issues leading to their system-involvement and/or barriers to pretrial release
  • Help collect and analyze data tracking holistic defense work and its impact
Salary is $3,733/month plus generous State of Missouri benefits package including health, life, and long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Current Openings
Columbia, Kansas City, Kirksville, Poplar Bluff, Rolla, Springfield, St. Louis City
To Apply
An Application for Employment must be submitted to be considered for opening. Applications can be obtained at any Public Defender office, via website at publicdefender.mo.gov or by calling (573) 777-9977, ext. 202. Applications MUST be received in Human Resources no later than July 20, 2022.
Send completed applications by mail, fax, or email to:
Missouri State Public Defender
Attn: Human Resources
Woodrail Centre
1000 W. Nifong, Bldg. 7, Suite 100
Columbia, MO  65203
Fax: 573-777-9976
Email: human.resources@mspd.mo.gov
Position: Holistic Defense Services Mitigation Specialist
Organization: Missouri State Public Defender
Location: Springfield,  MO 
United States
Salary: $3,733/mo plus benefits
Posting Start Date: 7/6/2022
Date Posted: 7/11/2022
Requirements Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn about available community-based social services
  • Knowledge of the intersection of criminal defense and social work, the collateral consequences of criminal charges and convictions and mitigation practice
  • Knowledge of effective supervisory and management technique
  • Organizational and time management skills for effective handling of diverse workload and competing priorities
  • Interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills leading to effective performance in office, organizational, and criminal justice system settings
  • Ability to treat clients, coworkers, and colleagues with respect at all times
  • Knowledge of the general methods of social systems casework
  • Understanding of legal and social work ethics parameters
  • Knowledge of human behavior, attitudes, and motivation and the ability to apply this knowledge to client advocacy
  • Ability to supervise and direct the work of social work interns
  • Ability to conduct trauma-informed psychosocial interviews
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written advocacy
  • Ability to travel to various parts of the state
Required Minimum Education and Experience
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in psychology, social work, sociology, or closely related field; Masters in Social Work preferred.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/9/2022
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Organization Information
Missouri State Public Defender
630 N. Robberson

Springfield,  MO 65806
United States
(573) 777-9977
Human Resources