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Attorney- Public Defender- Multiple Locations in Montana
To be considered for OPD positions, applicants must complete and submit their application online at statecareers.mt.gov  as well as upload any required application materials.
Our Mission
We provide effective professional legal services with equal access to quality client-centered representation.
Our Vision
 As trained legal professionals we strive to represent our clients in an effective and efficient manner to ensure a more fair and balanced justice system. We are dedicated and committed to improving overall outcomes for our clients and addressing the conditions that led to their involvement with the justice system.
Reasons to work for the Office of the Public Defender: Our work changes lives! The work OPD does, makes a difference for the people in our communities.   Public Defenders work for their clients, protect constitutional rights and ensure the system remains fair.   We are proud of the work we do, to find out more about OPD visit our website HERE.
Benefits of working for OPD: The ability to work and play in the beautiful state of Montana is one of the benefits you will love about this opportunity!  Other fantastic benefits include:
  • Health Coverage
  • Retirement plans
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and Holidays
  • Work/life balance
  • Flexible schedules
  • Opportunities and room for professional growth
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness- Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive loan forgiveness- click HERE to learn more!

    About this Opportunity!
     The Montana Office of the Public Defender is currently accepting applications for Attorney positions in Public Defender  Offices throughout the State of Montana.  Work locations will be determined by the location of qualified applicants,  the needs of the Agency or combination and will be considered at the time of the start date to qualified applicants.    
     Successful candidates that are not yet sworn into the Montana State Bar may be hired in a training assignment until the successful applicant is admitted to the Montana State Bar.
 Major Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Serves as defense attorney for indigent criminal defendants and other persons in civil cases who are entitled by law to assistance of counsel.
  • Prepares for and appears with clients at all pretrial and trial proceedings and hearings.
  • Conducts investigations; obtains formal and informal discovery; develops a theory of the case; researches legal issues, prepares, files and argues appropriate motions. 
  • Negotiate settlements or changes of plea.
  • Interviews clients to evaluate evidence and assess strength of case.
  • Analyzes charging documents, police reports and discovery material and evidence for assigned criminal cases.
  • Prepares trial briefs and conducts all phases of trial in court, including jury trials.  
  • Recommends bond and participates in bond hearings.
  • Reviews petitions for probation revocations.
  • Participates in sentencing hearing
  • Prepares motions for a new trial.
  • Develops overall defense strategies.
  • Keeps current with the statutes, rules, and cases regarding both procedural and substantive legal issues.
  • Shows commitment and willingness to work with underprivileged populations, including those facing socio-economic adversity and mental health issues, assessing needs, making referrals and ensuring that services are provided to clients.
For complete details or to apply for this position, acccess the State of Montana Careers website at statecareers.mt.gov and search the reference the number 22141423 or call Human Resources at 406-444-4136 for further assistance. 
Position: Attorney- Public Defender- Multiple Locations in Montana
Organization: Montana State- Office of the Public Defender
Location: Helena,  MT 
United States
Salary: 76,885.60- 89,718.35
Posting Start Date: 5/5/2022
Date Posted: 5/10/2022

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): 

The minimum requirements include a Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA accredited law school. Ideal candidates will include recent graduates or experienced attorneys who have a strong desire to work in indigent defense. 

To learn more about Admissions to the State Bar of Montana check out this web site at http://montanabar.site-ym.com/?page=AdmissionInfoWhen is the deadline to apply? The deadline for the February exam is October 1st and the deadline for the July exam is March 15th.

Status: This listing expires on: 8/8/2022
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Organization Information
Montana State- Office of the Public Defender
PO Box 200145

Helena,  MT 59620
United States
(406) 444-4136
(646) 844-2246
Human Resources