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Ohio Public Defender: News Archives

Below is an archive of all news and announcements released by the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Please see our home page for our most recent news releases.

Employment Opportunity - Trumbull County

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks a responsible, detail-oriented individual for an Administrative Professional 2 position in its Trumbull County Office. The selected candidate must be able to independently accomplish tasks within a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

Interested persons may view the job description here. Applications should be submitted via the Ohio Hiring Management System website at careers.ohio.gov.

Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 25, 2019.

The State of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, religion, age, disability, or military status in employment or the provision of services.

Contract Attorney Opportunity – Ross County, Ohio

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking an attorney to act as an independent contractor to provide representation to indigent clients in the Chillicothe Municipal Court upon appointment from November 10, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Interested persons may view the job description here

To be eligible for the contract, attorneys providing representation must meet all qualifications required under section 120-1-10 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Interested attorneys should email a cover letter and resume at their earliest convenience to John R. Cornely, Deputy Director, Trial Services Division at john.cornely@opd.ohio.gov

The State of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, religion, age, disability, or military status in employment or the provision of services.

Employment Opportunity - Franklin County

The Franklin County Public Defender is searching for a Municipal Staff Attorney. Provides direct legal representation to indigent persons in criminal proceedings.
Experience: Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law. Must be licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to practice law in the State of Ohio. The starting salary is $53,189.00. County benefits include medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage as well as paid vacation after one year.

Expires after 11/29/2019

Send resume and cover letter to:
Franklin County Public Defender
Attention: Maria Rice, HR Officer
373 S. High Street, 12th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215
or email to: marice@franklincountyohio.gov
EOE
M/F/V/D

Our Response to the Shooting Death of Jordan Edwards

The Wrongful Conviction Project and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender support and adopt the statement released by the Innocence Project on the death of an unarmed black youth killed recently by police in Dallas. 

“While the Innocence Project’s work focuses on freeing those who were wrongly convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, we’ve learned that these injustices often start at the earliest stages of police investigation and reflect the same bias and racism—implicit and certainly explicit—that we see at other points in the criminal justice system.”

Click here to read the full statement by the Innocence Project. 

The staff at the Wrongful Conviction Project and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender express our deep sadness and heartfelt sympathy to the family and loved ones of Jordan Edwards. The senseless death of Jordan Edwards is a solemn reminder of those in our own community who have experienced violence and lost loved ones at the hands of law enforcement. We call upon all of those involved in the criminal justice system in Columbus, and throughout Ohio, to respond to this crisis.

Like the Innocence Project, we, too, ask how many more people will suffer from this type of needless violence? When the police, as agents of the criminal justice system, violate the law, harming and even killing citizens of our community, it is done in opposition to their duty as officers, and it is contrary to the rights of our citizens. This sort of violence, predominantly against minority members of our community, is not only indicative of race and law enforcement issues, but also issues within our criminal justice system as a whole. As fellow members of the criminal justice system, we must be committed to working together to address and correct these issues, and to assert ourselves as stewards of fairness and equality within our flawed system of justice.

Upcoming Workshop: "Working with Clients with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability"

This one-day course is free of charge and is offered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence. The program is funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The course is designed to provide tools, material, and knowledge to lawyers to better represent clients with mental illness or intellectual disabilities.
 
The course is open to public defenders and assigned counsel in counties that have passed a "Stepping Up" resolution. More details on the "Stepping Up" initiative here. For more information about the program, read the invitation here. Click here to register for the June 21 session, and click here to register for the June 23 session.