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Senior Assistant Public Defender 1
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The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking an organized, dedicated and mission-driven leader to serve as the Director of the Athens County Public Defender Office. The Athens County Office is a trial-level office with four attorneys, four administrative professionals, and one social worker. The team handles almost all juvenile delinquency, misdemeanors, and felonies in Athens County. The County Director will be responsible for the planning and strategic direction of the office. The position maintains communication and connection with the central Ohio Public Defender's office in Columbus, directly supervises five staff members, and will carry an independent case load.

Essential duties of this position, which is classified as a Senior Assistant Public Defender 1, include but are not limited to:

  • Establish expectations and goals for the office, including for operations and management as well as client representation, independently and in collaboration with the Deputy Director of Trial Services.
  • Directly supervise three Assistant Public Defenders, one Program Administrator, and one Social Worker, and serve as the manager for three core administrative staff. Respond to questions and concerns and resolve problems; disseminate and interpret information, policies, procedures and best practices; provide coaching and training; complete timely performance reviews. 
  • Establish case strategy with staff attorneys on pending cases and act as an advisor on creating trial strategies and addressing ethical matters.
  • Negotiate contract provisions with county officials and private attorneys
  • Conduct staff meetings (e.g., trial preparation, staffing needs, budget requests).
  • Assign cases to attorneys and manage day-to-day rosters
  • Conduct legal research on and interprets the most complex criminal law problems; reviews statutes; prepares and files legal documents (e.g., briefs, memos in support, motions, and pleadings).
  • Serve on executive office committees (e.g., employee review and compensation).
  • Represent indigent criminal defendants at trial level. 
  • Respond to inquiries from inmates, legislators, and general public regarding agency policy and procedures.
  • Assist in budget preparation (e.g., prepares and provides information and statistical analysis on requests for additional staff and equipment).
Position: Senior Assistant Public Defender 1
Organization: The Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: $26.43-$71.23/hour
Posting Start Date: 4/7/2021
Date Posted: 4/8/2021
Requirements Admission to Ohio Bar pursuant to Section 4705.01; licensed to practice law for minimum of 5 years; 5 years criminal law experience which included preparing, trying & arguing murder, first degree felony & death penalty cases; prior to appointment as appellate counsel for an indigent defendant in a capital case pursuant to Appt.Coun.R. 5.03, an attorney shall obtain certification from the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases.

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 & process in Ohio; bookkeeping & budgeting*; public relations; inventory control*; management*; manpower planning; employee training & development; human resources training & development; supervision; human relations; legal counseling; interviewing; policies & procedures of Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Ability to deal with many variables & determine specific action; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages; prepare & review pleadings; motions, briefs, memoranda & administrative policy & reports; handle full range of legal issues, some without precedents, involving significant risks & intense personal pressure & requiring extensive ingenuity & initiative; establish friendly atmosphere as supervisor of work unit; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; establish good rapport with clients & their families; handle sensitive contacts with county public defenders, members of private bar, representatives of federal, state & local governments, private groups & individuals to discuss law & policy. (*)Developed after employment.

Status: This listing expires on: 7/7/2021
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Organization Information
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender
250 E Broad St #1400

Columbus,  OH 43215
United States
(614) 466-5394
Elijah Kelly