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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 - Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Public Defender Office is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Public Defender. We are an office of 43 attorneys and 20 support staff. We handle every aspect of indigent criminal defense from juvenile delinquency to murder. The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated dedication to indigent defense, strong and zealous litigation skills, the ability to work independently managing an active caseload while simultaneously working with a team of dedicated Public Defenders focused on client-centered representation. Our office is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse working environment. We firmly believe that continuing to build a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving our indigent clientele who come to us with diverse needs, backgrounds and ethnicities and abilities will yield better results for our clients and our office.

The Office is seeking a self-motivated individual to perform legal defense work in criminal, juvenile and appellate cases. The Montgomery County Public Defender Office provides quality legal services for indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses. The Montgomery County Public Defender Office is located at 117 South Main Street, 4th Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45422. This is a full-time position, work hours are 8:30 – 4:30, Monday – Friday. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required when needed.

Duties include but are not limited to the following: perform legal research, interview clients and witnesses, view crime scenes and perform any other necessary tasks in preparation for trial, gather evidence for cases to formulate defenses and mitigation, subpoena witnesses, represent clients in court, interpret laws, rulings and regulations, confer with colleagues to establish and verify the basis of legal proceedings and help other Assistant Public Defenders by participating in training sessions, offering advice, co-counseling cases and covering cases.

Minimum Qualifications: Be in good standing to practice law in the State of Ohio and maintain ongoing compliance with active registration and CLE requirements as defined and determined by the Ohio Supreme Court, the ability to perform the essential duties listed above. Additional qualifications include experience using Microsoft Office products and Internet research tools. A qualified candidate will have the ability to develop and maintain skills in time management and organization as well as work independently and dependently in a team driven environment. The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing is also required. An ideal candidate will exercise sound judgment and decision-making and have the ability to handle sensitive information and inquiries from contacts with officials and the general public. Regular travel between the office, courts, jails and crime scenes and occasional travel to other courts and prisons is required. A successful candidate is subject to a drug screen and fingerprint based criminal background check. Starting salary is $52,852 or higher depending on experience.

Interested candidates need to submit a cover letter, resume and employment references to:

Montgomery County Public Defender Office
ATTN: Kelli R Howard, Deputy Director
117 South Main Street, 4th Floor
Dayton, OH 45422

Employment Opportunity - Franklin County

Municipal Staff Attorney I

 

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 02/21/2020

 

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

Employment Opportunity - Lake County

The Lake County Public Defender's office, located in Painesville, Ohio, has an immediate opening for a full-time attorney to represent clients in felony cases. Those interested must have prior experience handling misdemeanor and felony cases, including representation of clients at jury trials. The salary varies depending upon the number of years of experience as a practicing attorney, but the minimum yearly salary is $60,000. 

Please submit resumes to Lake County Public Defender Vanessa Clapp via email at vanessa.clapp@lakecountyohio.gov or call the office at 440-350-3200 for more information.

Employment Opportunity - Franklin County

Social Worker - Municipal Unit

The Franklin County Public Defender is searching for a Social Worker, Municipal Unit.

Works with Attorney's to develop information relative to clients' problems, environment, behavior patterns to propose positive alternatives to incarceration or other penalties

Experience:
Four year degree in an accredited college or university in Social Work and must have current license for social work in the State of Ohio

The starting salary is $40,361.00, or higher based on experience.

County benefits include medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage as well as paid vacation after one year.

Expires after 01/21/2020

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

Social Worker I and II (PDF)

Employment Opportunity - Clinton County

The Clinton County Public Defender’s Office has an opening for the head Public Defender. The Clinton County Public Defender shall serve as an unclassified agent and at the pleasure of the Clinton County Public Defender Commission. The position is responsible for the planning and strategic direction of the public defender office in Clinton County.

Interested persons may view the job description here.

For more information about Clinton County, please visit the county website at https://co.clinton.oh.us/

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.