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Assistant Public Defender 1
Applications must be made via the Ohio Hiring Management System at careers.ohio.gov. You may also proceed directly to the posting by pasting the following URL into your web browser: 


The Ohio Public Defender’s Office (OPD) is currently seeking an organized and dedicated attorney to serve as an Assistant Public Defender 1 in our Athens County branch office of our Trial Services division.  This individual will work under the supervision of a Senior Assistant Public Defender to primarily represent indigent trial-level clients in the Athens County Municipal, Common Pleas 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.

Position: Assistant Public Defender 1
Organization: The Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: $16.23-$46.17/hour
Posting Start Date: 12/21/2020
Date Posted: 12/21/2020
Requirements Licensed to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to section 4705.01 of Revised Code.

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; supervision; policies & 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 & determine specific action; prepare &/or review pleadings, briefs, motions & memoranda; gather collate & classify information about data, people or things; handle complex legal issues involving significant risks, personal pressure & unusual attention to detail; establish good rapport with clients & their families &/or work cooperatively with county public defenders & members of private bar; code items from one symbolic form to another; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages.

(*)Developed after employment.

Status: This listing expires on: 3/21/2021
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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