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Public Defenders

The King County Department of Public Defense (DPD) seeks talented, committed, and hard-working advocates with excellent trial, research, and writing skills to join our department. DPD practices in several areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile defense, family defense (dependency cases), involuntary commitment (mental illness), sex offender commitment, and contempt of court. The department also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal legal system, the collateral consequences of system involvement, and other structural and/or systemic issues that undermine the rights of our clients and their communities. DPD employs not only attorneys, but also skilled investigators, mitigation specialists, paralegals, and other support staff. Expert services are regularly funded, in keeping with state court rules. Successful applicants will have a passion for public defense, a demonstrated commitment to representing indigent persons, strong analytical, writing, and oral advocacy skills, and an ability to manage a caseload in a fast-paced environment.

DPD is currently seeking eight to 10 attorneys – both career service and term-limited temporary. Those hired will be assigned to work in one of DPD’s offices in Seattle or Kent.

To apply, visit the job listing on King County's career website.
Visit the King County Department of Public Defense for more information about the department.

Position: Public Defenders
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $66,069 - $129, 640
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 7/16/2019
  • Provide legal representation and advocacy to indigent clients.
  • Provide a high level of communication, including with individuals who lack English proficiency.
  • Handle all aspects of representation, from arraignment through sentencing and post-trial as necessary.
  • Research, write, and argue pretrial motions.
  • Conduct plea and other negotiations and mitigation.
  • Conduct jury or bench trials.
  • Locate, work with, and prepare experts in various fields.
  • Work with clients struggling with mental illness, drug addiction, or other issues.
  • Work with young adults, youth and children.
  • Work closely with and in some instance lead a team of investigators, mitigation specialists and paralegals.
  • Handle on call 24-hour coverage, which, per attorney, currently occurs approximately one week a year or two Saturday calendars.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Status: This listing expires on: 10/14/2019
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Organization Information
King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Avenue
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Susan Eddy