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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 - 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

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:



Social Worker I and II (PDF)

Employment Opportunity - Clermont County

The Clermont County Public Defender is searching for full-time Common Pleas Staff Attorney(s) to provide direct legal representation to indigent persons in criminal proceedings.


  • 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, or higher based on experience. 

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

Expires after 01/16/2020.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Clermont County Public Defender
Attention: Nancy Toler
302 E. Main Street, Batavia, OH 45103

Or email to:

Employment Opportunity - Stark County

The Stark County Public Defender is seeking three attorneys licensed to practice law in Ohio to represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanors in municipal court. The position is full-time with a probationary salary of $45,011 plus benefits, which increases to $46,508 plus benefits after 90 days. The start date is March 1, 2020. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Tammi R. Johnson via e-mail at trjohnson@starkcountyohio.gov, fax at 330-451-7227, or mail to the Stark County Public Defender Office, 201 Cleveland Ave SW, Suite 104, Canton, OH 44702. Accepting resumes through February 1, 2020.

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.