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Attorney, Public Defense
Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) maintains a reputation as one of the top organizations in the nation specializing in the delivery of indigent criminal defense. It operates as an independent agency within the Judicial Branch of Colorado State Government with nearly 900 dedicated employees supporting an estimated 187,000 cases across twenty-one Regional Trial Offices, a centralized Appellate Division, and a centralized Administrative Office. The mission of OSPD is to defend and protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. We do so by providing constitutionally and statutorily mandated representation that is effective, zealous, inspired and compassionate.
We seek to hire attorneys who are dedicated to public service and committed to serving our clients. We are a fast paced, team-oriented environment, where self-motivation and a personal commitment to high performance are important attributes for success. The Public Defender’s Office offers an opportunity to do rewarding work across Colorado with a group of committed attorneys, investigators, legal assistants, social workers and administrative staff. Our total compensation package includes health insurance, retirement benefits, a wellness program, ten paid holidays annually plus a generous paid-time-off policy. We maintain an intensive, in-house training program, which contributes to maintaining our reputation as one of the best Public Defender systems in the country.

We are hiring Attorneys to fill positions located in 21 Judicial Districts throughout the State of Colorado. We are accepting applications from attorneys currently licensed, or eligible to obtain licensure, to practice law in the State of Colorado. Appointments will be made to fill current vacant positions as well as those allocated for appointment now through June 2019.
This job announcement is open until positions are filled.
The positions require criminal defense representation of indigent clients in judicial proceedings, which may include a variety of misdemeanors and felonies, juvenile and adult cases. Entry-level positions work under the direct supervision of a unit or division head and are assigned to handle misdemeanor and traffic cases in county court. Other positions may be assigned caseloads commensurate with the applicant’s demonstrated experience practicing criminal defense. Caseloads vary by regional office depending on the size of the office and whether the office covers multiple counties. Latitude to exercise initiative and independent judgment is inherent in the representation of assigned clients.  
Salary is dependent upon qualifications. The minimum salary for a licensed attorney is $4,868 per month.
An example of primary duties and responsibilities include:
  • Advise, counsel and represent the legal interests of assigned clients in judicial proceedings in a competent, effective and ethical manner including, but not limited to, collecting background information concerning the client and offense; interviewing clients and witnesses; conducting case investigation, legal research and litigation; preparing for court proceedings and performing all functions related to providing constitutionally and statutorily mandated client representation.  
  • Attorneys must be proficient in managing all aspects of their caseload and establishing successful work relationships with clients, colleagues, opposing counsel and the courts.
  • Attorneys must be committed to defending the rights of the indigent, which includes advocating for their clients and maintaining and applying a thorough knowledge of current and relevant law and procedure.  

Qualified individuals must e-mail a resume and cover letter to Carol Gutierrez at Carol.Gutierrez@coloradodefenders.us. Please address how your skills and experience meet the qualifications for the position and your interest in working for the Office of the State Public Defender.
Interviews will be conducted throughout the recruitment and appointment period as needed. This job announcement will remain open until positions are filled.
Position: Attorney, Public Defense
Organization: Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
Location: Denver,  CO 
United States
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Posting Start Date: 12/24/2018
Date Posted: 12/24/2018
Requirements Required Education and Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate (J.D) from an ABA accredited law school;
Employment Requirements:
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado;
  • A valid driver’s license where courts and jails are not located within walking distance of the office;
  • Willing to be placed in any of the 21 regional trial offices located throughout the State of Colorado;
  • Complete the Colorado State Public Defender training for attorneys as required for the assignment;
  • Complete annual CLE training as required to maintain bar licensure.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Trial or litigation experience in the representation of indigent clients.

For a summary of health, dental, life and retirement benefits please visit: Benefits | DHR.
Additional information about the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender can be found at: http://www.coloradodefenders.us/
Status: This listing expires on: 3/24/2019
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Organization Information
Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
1300 Broadway, Suite 400

Denver,  CO 80203
United States
Carol Guitierrez


December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
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