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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 - Lucas County

TLAS Fellowship Program is hiring up to six attorneys in Lucas County, Ohio.  Successful candidates must be licensed with the Ohio Supreme Court.  Graduates from an accredited college of law who are awaiting Ohio bar results will be considered for the program.  Please see http://www.nlada.org/node/27416 for a more detailed description. Email cover letter and resume by October 11, 2019 to: ToledoLegalAidSociety@Yahoo.com.

Employment Opportunity - Montgomery County

Position: Assistant Public Defender

The Montgomery County Public Defender Office is seeking a self-motivated individual to perform legal defense work in criminal, juvenile and appellate cases.

Interested persons may view the job description here.

Interested candidates need to submit a cover letter and resume 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

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking an innovative teamplayer to serve as Database Administration Specialist 2 for the Management Information Systems section of OPD. The position will be responsible for database management and report-writing for OPD Online and related projects. OPD Online is a web-based application that provides Ohio’s public defenders with a unified system to manage contacts, cases, calendars, documents, and billing.

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., Thursday, September 19, 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.

Employment Opportunity - Knox County

Qualifications for the position include a law degree from an accredited law school and being admitted to practice in Ohio.  However, applicants who are taking the July 2019 bar exam will also be considered. 

Prior experience with juvenile court proceedings is preferred but not required. The candidate who is selected will also be cross trained in order to assist the public defenders in the municipal court and the felony court. The ability to relate to indigent clients with special needs is essential. This is a full-time position, therefore, the outside practice of law is not permitted. 

The starting salary will be $50,000, plus the full range of benefits including medical insurance and possibility of participating in a program to have student loans forgiven. 

Please email a cover letter and resume to: JohnPyle@co.knox.oh.us

John Pyle

Knox County Public Defender

110 East High Street

Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

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.