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Assistant Public Defender

The 12th Judicial District Public Defender provides indigent defense services for six counties in East and Middle Tennessee, seeking to be at the forefront of public defense by developing a robust and dynamic criminal and juvenile defense practice. Cases range in severity from the lowest levels of misdemeanor offenses to the highest levels of felony offenses.

This position is for a trial attorney who will handle all phases of criminal defense representation from initial appearance and bail determination, through plea negotiation, discovery, and pretrial litigation, to trial and sentencing. The State of Tennessee maintains a separate Appellate Division to litigate appeals (although for those seeking a mix of trial and appellate experience, the services of the Appellate Division are optional).

Typical day-to-day responsibilities include appearing in General Sessions Court, Circuit Court, and Juvenile Court, as well as working collaboratively with other attorneys, investigators, administrative staff, and external treatment and rehabilitation providers.


Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of the District Public Defender.

This position is based in Jasper, Tennessee, approximately 30 minutes west of downtown Chattanooga.

Position: Assistant Public Defender
Organization: 12th Judicial District Public Defender
Location: Jasper,  TN 
United States
Salary: $55,524–$145,500, based on previous experience. APDs qualify for regular state benefits.
Posting Start Date: 9/1/2022
Date Posted: 8/15/2022

Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee.


Ideal candidates will have a passion for criminal law, defending our Constitution, vindicating due process, and the continuous improvement of their craft. Applicants of all experience levels are welcome to apply.

Those interested should contact Ted Engel, tede@hamiltontn.gov. Please include a cover letter, résumé, and three references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Status: This listing expires on: 11/13/2022
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12th Judicial District Public Defender

Jasper,  TN 37347
United States
Ted Engel