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Assistant Defender I

The Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services is seeking to fill two (2) full-time Assistant Defender I positions 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 Assistant Defender I 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 Assistant Defender I will be responsible for trying cases in the Unified Criminal Docket and handling their own appeals to the Law Court as well as second chair cases with the Assistant Defender II. The Assistant Defender I is expected to see clients in jail in a timely manner and communicate regularly with the client and other approved parties. The Assistant Defender I position will report to the District Defender of the Rural Defender Unit.


Please apply online and submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references with your application. The link to the application can be found here: https://mainebhr.hire.trakstar.com/jobs/fk02aci/

Position: Assistant Defender I
Organization: Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services
Location: Augusta,  ME 
United States
Salary: $85,924 to $122,324
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 and handling a high-volume caseload. Five (5) 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