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Assistant Public Defender 1
Deadline to apply is 10/18/19.  Applications are accepted via the Ohio Hiring Management System at this link.  Candidates who are not currently licensed but have taken the July 2019 bar exam will still be considered, subject to admission to the bar in November 2019.


The Ohio Public Defender’s Office (OPD) is currently seeking an organized, passionate, and dedicated attorney to serve as an Assistant Public Defender 1 in our Trumbull County branch office.  This individual will work under the supervision of a Senior Assistant Public Defender to primarily represent indigent trial-level clients in misdemeanor and felony cases in municipal court.  This position may include representation of indigent trial-level clients in common pleas court and juvenile court.
Under general supervision, the selected candidate will prepare cases for trial and independently try cases, examine witnesses, present legal arguments and evidence, conduct pre-trial conferences, hearings and plea negotiations.
The qualified applicant will have demonstrated knowledge of and litigation experience involving:
  • Substantive and procedural criminal law
  • Rules of evidence
  • Constitutional law applicable to criminal litigation
  • Issues pertaining to trying a criminal case before a jury
This position does not involve trial-level representation in federal court, post-trial representation on direct appeal, state post-conviction, or federal habeas litigation.

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD) is the state agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to people accused or convicted of a crime who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
OPD Mission: Advocating. Fighting. Helping.
OPD Vision: A Fair Justice System.
OPD Values:
  • Compassion. We will be mindful of the conditions and experiences that shape those who come to us for help and each other.
  • Dignity. We will treat all with respect.
  • Equity. Our work and our office will be free from bias or favoritism towards others and each other.
  • Integrity. We will act with sound moral character and a dedication to professional and ethical principles for our clients and each other.
  • Service. We will dedicate ourselves to protecting the rights of indigent individuals, and in doing so will protect the rights afforded to all citizens by the Constitution.
  • Community. We will foster a collaborative and supportive environment and empower each other in our work protecting the rights of our clients.
OPD EEO Diversity and Inclusion Mission: Our commitment to inclusion is inseparable from our commitment to a fair justice system. We strive to ensure inclusive spaces and services for our staff, our clients and our diverse Ohio community. We recognize that we can best meet our public defense mission by recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together, we commit to creating a culture of respect that enacts our values and supports success.
Position: Assistant Public Defender 1
Organization: Ohio Public Defender's Office
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: $16.23-$46.17 hourly
Posting Start Date: 10/4/2019
Date Posted: 10/4/2019
Licensed to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to section 4705.01 of Revised Code.  Applicants awaiting Bar Exam results are encouraged to apply.
Note: Temporary Certification for Practice in Legal Services, Public Defender, and Law School Programs may be accepted in lieu of License to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to Gov. Bar R. IX of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Knowledge of criminal law, judicial system and process in Ohio; supervision; policies and procedures of Ohio Public Defender Commission (e.g., standards promulgated*; human relations; general management*; legal counseling; interviewing; public relations).
Ability to deal with many variables and determine specific action; prepare and/or review pleadings, briefs, motions and memoranda; gather, collate and classify information about data, people or things; handle complex legal issues involving significant risks, personal pressure and unusual attention to detail; establish good rapport with clients and their families and/or work cooperatively with county public defenders and members of private bar; code items from one symbolic form to another; calculate fractions, decimals and percentages.
(*) Developed after employment.

The typical starting salary for this position is $53,850; however, the salary will be commensurate with relevant experience.
The demands of representing trial-level clients do not fit neatly into a predictable daily or weekly work schedule.  Employees must log 80 hours per two-week pay period.  When required to work more than 80 hours in any pay period (e.g., when a client’s case goes to trial or entails lengthy work in preparation for trial), compensatory time is accrued, which can be used for paid leave in subsequent pay periods under established regulations.
This position serves at the pleasure and discretion of the State Public Defender.  This position serves in a fiduciary relationship to the State Public Defender and will have an unclassified status per Ohio Revised Code 124.11(A)(9).
Intentional omission of relevant information, falsification, or misrepresentation of information on the application will disqualify the applicant. In addition, such intentional acts are grounds for immediate termination of an employee.
All final applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to test for illegal drug use.  An applicant with a positive test shall not be offered employment.
Unusual Working Conditions
Requires visits to local jails to meet with clients and/or witnesses.  May require travel within Trumbull County for appearances in various municipal courts.
Background Check Information
The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.
Status: This listing expires on: 1/2/2020
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Ohio Public Defender's Office
250 E. Broad Street, 14th floor

Columbus,  OH 43215
United States
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