The Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender (ACOPD) is devoted to providing skilled, effective and compassionate legal representation for indigent adults and children facing criminal charges in the trial, appellate and post-conviction county and state court systems. The ACOPD also serves as the mental health advocate for individuals facing involuntary commitment under the Mental Health Procedures Act, and as the advocate for individuals who have a constitutional right to representation where their personal liberty is at risk.
The ACOPD is a department under the Executive branch of the county with a dedicated staff of approximately 130 including attorneys, investigators, paralegals, social workers, technology and administrative support professionals.
The mission of the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender is to defend and protect the constitutional and statutory rights, liberties, and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. ACOPD does so through legal representation services that are effective, skilled and compassionate.
The Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender was established consistent with the state legislature’s mandate under the Pennsylvania Public Defender Act.
Appointment of the Director of the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender
The ACOPD is led by the Director, who is the Chief Public Defender for the office. The Director is appointed by the County Manager and serves without any specific term of office.
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To apply for this position:
Please submit this Application
, along with a Letter of Interest (as described in the Application) and your Resume via email by 5:00PM EST on Friday, November 22, 2019 to:
Laura J. Zaspel
Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Resources