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Experienced Assistant Public Defender
The Nashville Defenders seek to provide zealous representation to our clients, and to fight for equal justice for the indigent accused in Nashville, TN.  We represent adults accused of crimes and children charged with delinquency offenses in Davidson County who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.  Cases range from the lowest level misdemeanor to capital murder cases. Guiding principles of the Office are that each client is entitled to effective representation; to the best outcome possible for their case, as determined by the client; and to be treated with dignity and respect. 
The Office is seeking to hire attorneys with at least three to five years of practice experience, to fill the position of Assistant Public Defender.  Candidates must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee, or licensed to practice law in another state AND capable of becoming licensed in the State of Tennessee within six months.  Typical responsibilities include representing clients in General Sessions Court, Criminal Court, and Juvenile Court, and working collaboratively with other defense team members, including investigators, social workers, and legal assistants. 
Position: Experienced Assistant Public Defender
Organization: Office of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender
Location: Nashville,  TN 
United States
Salary: $69,000 - $120,000- based on experience
Posting Start Date: 6/27/2022
Date Posted: 6/27/2022

Ideal candidates will be familiar with the principles of client-centered representation, and willing to practice in that model.  Candidates should also demonstrate a commitment to serving marginalized persons and communities, and the ability to recognize and respect the human dignity of every person.  Experienced candidates will preferably have significant courtroom and trial experience, and have previous practice experience as a public defender or in indigent criminal defense. 


Applications (resume, cover letter and writing sample) will ONLY be accepted by e-mail, and should be sent to Martesha L. Johnson at NDApplicants@jis.nashville.org.

Status: This listing expires on: 9/25/2022
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Organization Information
Office of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 2022

Nashville,  TN 37219
United States
(615) 862-5730
Martesha L. Johnson