Department of Administrative Services, State of Ohio
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks an Assistant Public Defender 1 (APD1) to serve in the Athens County Office of our Trial Services Division. The Athens County Office is a trial-level office that provides criminal defense representation to clients who cannot otherwise afford an attorney in the courts in Athens County. The APD1 position will represent indigent trial-level clients facing misdemeanor and felony criminal charges, as well as representation in the juvenile court. Note: the position does not involve trial-level representation in federal court and does not involve post-trial representation on direct appeal, state post-conviction, or federal habeas litigation.
The successful APD1 candidate will thrive in a close-knit team environment and be interested in trial-level work and providing client service in a fast-paced work environment. A successful candidate will also be eager to work with a supervisor to learn the intricacies of the position and succeed in providing high-quality representation.
Essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:
* Prepare cases for trial
* Try cases as lead counsel or co-counsel
* Represent clients in community control violations
* Conduct pre-trial conferences, hearings, and plea negotiations
* Examine witnesses
* Present legal arguments and evidence
The qualified applicant will have demonstrated knowledge of:
* Substantive and procedural criminal law
* The rules of evidence
* Constitutional law applicable to criminal litigation
* Issues pertaining to trying a criminal case before a jury
Litigation experience is preferred but not required.
NOTE: Please submit a Cover Letter with your application
About the Office of the Ohio Public Defender
The OPD is the state agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to people accused or convicted of a crime who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
* OPD Mission: Advocating. Fighting. Helping.
* OPD Vision: A Fair Justice System.
* OPD Values: Compassion. Dignity. Equity. Integrity. Service. Community.
OPD Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Our commitment to inclusion is inseparable from our commitment to a fair justice system. We strive to ensure inclusive spaces and services for our staff, our clients, and Ohio’s diverse communities. We are committed to building a work environment where all our team members have a voice and can embrace our differences to innovate service to the public. We can best meet our public defense mission through a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, where employees thrive, our mission is accomplished, and Ohioans are served. #TeamOPD is grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion as we work together to pursue fairness and justice for all people
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Benefits of joining the State of Ohio team:
* Extensive health benefits for all full- and part-time permanent employees
* Guaranteed 10 paid state holidays every year and paid leave accrues each pay period
* At least a 14 percent employer contribution to your OPERS pension plan
* Employee Tuition Reimbursement programs
* Life insurance coverage for all permanent employees
* See more at totalrewards.ohio.gov
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Tamra Meister, ADA Coordinator, at or .
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.