“So you want to be a public defender?
Don’t do it for the money, there isn’t enough.
Don’t do it for prestige, you won’t get any.
Don’t do it for the thrill of victory, victory rarely comes.
Do it for love. Do it for justice. Do it for self-respect.
Do it for the satisfaction of knowing you are serving others,
defending the Constitution, living your ideals.
The work is hard. The law is against you.
The facts are against you. The judges are often against you.
Sometimes even your clients are against you.
But it is a great job – exhilarating, energizing, rewarding.
You get to touch people’s hearts
and fight for what you believe in every day.”
Carol A. Brook
Federal Defender of Northern District of Illinois
Gordon Weekes, the Public Defender for the Law Office of the Public Defender, 17th Judicial Circuit, seeks attorney applicants who are excellent communicators, dynamic and adversarial, with good courtroom skills, the ability to handle a myriad of situations in any given day, and a passion to represent the indigent in Broward County, Florida.
Assistant Public Defender Positions
Resumes are continuously accepted for entry level positions and felony level positions.
Entry level attorneys who have volunteer or intern experience within the criminal justice system, and who have participated in a Trial Skills or Trial Advocacy course in law school, are preferred.
Felony level attorneys are required to have a minimum of two years criminal trial experience.
Applicants are expected, upon a job offer, to commit to a minimum of two years employment with this Office.
The Hiring Process
Resumes are reviewed periodically and on a continuing basis.
Applicants who demonstrate the minimum experience, trial skill, enthusiasm and desire to serve will be invited to participate in an Assistant Public Defender Applicant Orientation. These are typically held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Law Office of the Public Defender in Fort Lauderdale.
Upon completion of an Applicant Orientation, qualified candidates may be invited to interview with the Interview Committee. These interviews are held on the second Thursday of each month.
Final selections for open positions are made after an interview with the elected Public Defender, Gordon Weekes.
Accommodations to the hiring process may be granted for distant applicants.
To be considered for employment, applicants should submit a resume, writing sample, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put your name in the subject line.