Our lawyers are fighters, thinkers and doers. They know when to call out bad faith arguments and when to let things go unsaid. But most importantly, they are committed to their clients, and fight to redeem those that society says are unredeemable. Full time trial attorneys are generally responsible for a caseload of 15 to 20 new cases a month. We have a mix of misdemeanor, minor felony and major felony-qualified attorneys, and the experience level ranges from 2020 bar numbers to attorneys who have been at our office for 43 years. Attorneys in our office are the first person a client sees in the jail, and they are responsible for the case from the day the Court appoints us to whenever the case is finally resolved, including referring cases for appeal and fixing sentencing issues. Attorneys are tireless advocates in and out of the courtroom, with strong client skills, professional in their dealings with everyone in the criminal justice system, and able to interact successfully in an office with 23 other lawyers and 22 support staff.
Applicants must be members of the Oregon State Bar in good standing. If you are an out of state lawyer, we will consider your application, but please be advised the Oregon reciprocity timeline is 3 to 5 months, so if you want to be seriously considered, please put in your application for the State Bar when you submit your materials to us. Pay for this position is $74,000 to $97,379, depending on experience. We are filling at least one Measure 11 vacancy, so while we would strongly prefer a Measure 11 qualified attorney, it is essential that you have significant criminal law experience or you will not be considered for this current position. PDSLC is an equal opportunity employer. We also have excellent benefits. And we’re a dog-friendly office. To apply, please contact Brook Reinhard, Executive Director, at email@example.com. Include a resume and cover letter. You can include references if you want, but we won’t contact references without your permission. We will be reviewing materials and filling the position as soon as possible, so the sooner you submit your application, the better. Final closing date on this position is Monday, August 31.
About Public Defender Services of Lane County
Public Defender Services of Lane County is a private non-profit organization committed to defending the rights of people who are facing a loss of their personal liberty due to the actions of the state. We represent adults and juveniles charged with everything from trespass to murder. We fight for the rights of people who are accused of violating their probation, and for those who are facing jail because they are behind on their child support payments. We fight for the rights of parents and children when the State becomes involved in termination proceedings, and we fight for the rights of those afflicted with mental illness when the state tries to hold them in the state hospital against their will.
The office has a rich history of defense advocacy, and has been a non-profit public defender since 1977. You’ll have the benefit of mentorship from attorneys with decades of experience, as well as new perspectives from newer members of our team. Our office qualifies for public interest loan forgiveness, subject to the whims of the federal government. We offer excellent starting benefits including three weeks of vacation, a generous retirement plan, competitive health insurance and the satisfaction from fighting the good fight and being the champion of the underdog.
We strive to put our clients first, and zealously pursue our client’s best interest regardless if it’s a person facing a single charge of criminal trespass or someone facing allegations of violent felonies.
Our Mission Statement: We treat our clients with dignity, empower them to make informed choices and fight to defend their rights.
Our goals (how we fulfill our Mission):
1. We deliver outstanding legal services.
2. We uphold the presumption of innocence without regard to the accusations against our clients.
3. We deal ethically with our clients, witnesses, the courts, and all other representatives of the criminal justice system.
4. We strive to lead by example in the criminal justice community.
5. We provide a supportive environment where employees and clients are treated with respect and dignity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic and cultural background, religion, age or disability.