LAW OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDERCareer & Internship Oppertunities

CANDIDATE:Assistant Public Defender

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

The primary responsibility of Assistant Public Defenders is to provide highly efficient and effective professional representation to our clients.

Applicants must have a strong interest in courtroom litigation, with excellent communication and critical thinking skills.

Attorney responsibilities include but are not limited to preparation of cases for defense of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses; interviewing clients and making initial determinations regarding bail and mental competency; preparation of legal documents; conducting legal research; taking depositions; determining the need for expert witnesses; advising and counseling clients regarding plea offers, client’s rights, options and strategies; establishing and maintaining professional relationships with clients and their families, witnesses and court personnel; and appearing in court for arraignments, pre-trial hearings, trials, dispositions and other court proceedings.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE

Graduation from an accredited law school and member of the Florida Bar in good standing

AGENCY BENEFITS

The Law Office of the Public Defender offers a variety of employment benefits including paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. Comprehensive health insurance and life insurance with accidental death and dismemberment benefits. As well as supplemental dental, vision, life, disability and hospitalization insurance. In addition, employees are offered promotional opportunities, continuing legal education and tuition-free college courses.

The Law Office of the Public Defender has a harassment-free workplace policy and professional conduct requirement. Employees must practice safe workplace procedures and follow policies and procedures regarding confidentiality and honesty.

FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS

Employees of the Law Office of the Public Defender are eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. PSLF forgives the remaining balance on Direct Student Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for The Law Office of the Public Defender.

LOCAL BENFITS

The Law Office of the Public Defender is nestled in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County. Our offices are just minutes away from beautiful beaches, diverse dining experiences, and an array of artistic and cultural activities.

For more information about Fort Lauderdale & Broward County.

How to Apply

RESUME, LETTER OR INTEREST & WRITING SAMPLE
LAW OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER
Human Resources Department
Broward County Courthouse
201 SE 6th Street, Suite 3872
Third Floor, North Wing
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
E-MAIL
resume@browarddefender.org
TELEPHONE
1-954-831-6111
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Law Office of the Public Defender, Broward County Judicial Complex 201 SE 6th Street, Suite 3872 Third Floor, North Wing Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
1 954 831 8650

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