Careers

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FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT

The Office of the Public Defender employs individuals with a passion for service to serve as advocates for our clients. Whether you seek a position as an attorney, investigator, paralegal or other support staff, the Office of the Public Defender actively seeks applicants with a passion for defending the less fortunate as well as the skills required to achieve the highest level of performance in our organization.

  • APPLICATION

The Office of the Public Defender accepts resumes on an ongoing basis. Although there may be no vacant positions available, your resume will be kept on file for future vacancies matching your qualifications.

Attorney applicants are requested to submit a cover letter and resume. Applicants for other positions are requested to submit the State of Florida application. A resume and cover letter may be included as well but are not required.

Employment documents may be submitted electronically to employment@pd4.coj.net . If preferred, hard copy documents may be submitted to: Employment Office, Office of the Public Defender, 407 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.

 

INTERNSHIPS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Office of the Public Defender offers hand-on experience in a professional law office dedicated to providing service to indigent clients. The office offers several opportunities for both legal and investigative internships and volunteer assignments.

The Office of the Public Defender accepts applications for interns and volunteers on an ongoing basis. Interns and volunteers are placed into the program based on availability of positions. All interns and volunteers must successfully pass a background screening prior to placement.

To request an internship or volunteer position, please submit the screening volunteer application form to volunteers@pd4.coj.net . If preferred, hard copy documents may be submitted to: Volunteer Office, Office of the Public Defender, 407 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

 

  • TYPES OF INTERNSHIPS and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Legal Interns : Open to second and third year law students, this program provides supervised experience in meeting clients, legal research, writing memos and motions as well as assisting attorneys in the courtroom. First year law students will be placed in the Investigative Unit to gain experience in client contact through witness interviews.

Paralegal Interns: Open to paralegal students, this program provides experience in researching legal issues and providing various support services to attorneys. This program is not designed to teach research methods but rather to enhance the skills of a final semester paralegal student. Working knowledge of Westlaw is required.

Investigative Interns/Volunteers: Open to criminal justice students and first year law students, this program provides experience in legal investigative techniques, including witness interviewing.

 

VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY PROGRAM

Open to attorneys with limited courtroom experience, this program is designed to enhance the skills of new attorneys by providing hands-on support to the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Divisions. Volunteer attorneys are the only volunteers who are allowed to handle their own caseload and try cases.

Requirements: Volunteer attorneys must be licensed by the Florida Bar and successfully complete the interview process.

 

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PRO BONO ATTORNEYS

The Pro Bono Attorney program is a public-private partnership between the Office of the Public Defender and the Jacksonville Bar Association. This program offers experienced attorneys in the private sector an opportunity to enhance their criminal law skills in the courtroom and fulfill their pro bono requirements for the Florida Bar.

The Office of the Public Defender accepts applications for Pro Bono Attorneys on an ongoing basis.

To enroll as a Pro Bono Attorney, please contact Director Kate Bedell at hkb@pd4.coj.net or complete the application (LINK) and send in electronically.

 

  • COMMITMENT
  • Pro Bono Attorneys are required to complete an 8 hour CLE training held by the Office of the Public Defender prior to enrollment in this program.

  • Upon completion of training, Pro Bono Attorneys are appointed as a Special Assistant Public Defender (SAPD) by Public Defender Charlie Cofer and are asked to commit to taking one to two Misdemeanor cases.
  • Experienced criminal attorneys who wish to enroll in the program to fulfill pro bono hours for the Florida Bar may be assigned higher level cases.