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District Defender

The Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services is seeking to fill the District Defender position in the newly created Rural Defender Unit.

MCILS is an independent commission whose purpose is to provide efficient, high-quality representation to indigent citizens who are entitled to counsel at state expense. The Rural Defender Unit will be comprised of five employed defenders representing clients in areas of the state in most need of indigent legal services. As such, the positions will be itinerant in nature with Augusta serving as a home base for administrative support.


The District Defender must have compassion for indigent clients; possess strong communication, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills; have the ability to analyze facts, laws, rules, regulations, and apply applicable law to those facts; conduct legal research; plan, develop and execute an effective litigation strategy to achieve desired results; prepare, organize, and conduct witness examinations; deliver opening statements, closing arguments, and evidentiary objections; and express complex legal concepts and related facts in a clear and concise manner. This position requires the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

The District Defender will supervise the four attorneys in the Rural Defender Unit and paralegal staff and will report to the Executive Director. The District Defender will be responsible for coordinating intra-office practice (intake, case flow, case assignments) and may manage an appropriate caseload.


Please apply online and submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references with your application. A link to the application can be found here:

Position: District Defender
Organization: Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services
Location: Augusta,  ME 
United States
Salary: $94,432 to $135,033
Posting Start Date: 9/26/2022
Date Posted: 9/26/2022


A juris doctor degree from an ABA approved school and be licensed or have the ability to become licensed to practice law in the State of Maine. The applicant should have prior experience litigating criminal cases, handling a high-volume caseload, and have supervisory experience. Ten (10) years of criminal law experience is preferred. Experience in child protection, juvenile, and/or mental health cases is a plus.



Must possess and maintain a valid Maine driver’s license.

Status: This listing expires on: 12/25/2022
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Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services
154 State House Station

Augusta,  ME 04333
United States
Justin Andrus