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Staff Attorney positions are available throughout Kentucky - Multiple locations!


Public defenders in Kentucky work for a state agency called the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA).  The Kentucky DPA is recognized as a model state-wide public defender system, representing individuals at both trial and post-trial levels.  Its training program is also known as one of the best in the country.  Newly-hired public defenders are provided over 150 hours of training in their first year in programs designed to get them on their feet practicing skills as well as becoming experts in Kentucky’s criminal law.   
Each office employs an Alternative Sentencing Worker who assists attorneys by developing a plan to better serve clients suffering from addictions and/or mental health issues.  We serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky by protecting the rights of its poorest citizens.   We seek to employ dedicated and highly motivated individuals with a strong desire to serve those who often do not have a voice in the justice system.  We seek individuals who will enrich our agency and our practice by sharing their varied perspectives and approaches.

MULTIPLE Staff Attorney I positions are now available across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Type “Staff Attorney” to see all attorney positions available in state government.  Look for positions connected with the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Please also contact our recruiter:  Patti.Heying@ky.gov
Organization: Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Location: Frankfort,  KY 
United States
Salary: $42,000
Posting Start Date: 1/24/2019
Date Posted: 1/24/2019
Requirements SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants for Staff Attorney positions must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky OR comply with SCR 2.111 Limited Certification of admission to practice OR SCR 2.112 Attorney participants in defender or legal services programs.

Attorneys licensed outside of Kentucky may apply for the Limited License (costs can be up to $250) and then may practice in Kentucky for up to 18 months during which time, they must take and pass the Kentucky bar exam.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/24/2019
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Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Frankfort,  KY 40601
United States
Patti Heying


December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
  • Executive Leadership Insitute (Frankfort, KY)
  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
  • "We the Defenders" Social Workers/Sentencing AdvocatesConference (Biloxi, MS)
  • Team Mitigation Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Click on Events Tab for more info and to register.

October 30, 2018: NAPD releases a video about its achievements over the 5 years since forming in November in 2013. This films was coordinated by NAPD Steering Committee Member and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and debuted at the Racial Justice Training and 5 Year Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch the video HERE

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. 

January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE