Missouri State Trial Attorney/Assistant Public Defender


Trial Attorney/Assistant Public Defender

Basic Function: Provide legal representation to indigent clients charged with criminal offenses facing the possibility of incarceration.

Job Duties: Duties to include pre-trial and trial preparation; litigating all aspects of the case through disposition at the trial court level; promoting and protecting the best interest of the client at all times; maintaining client contact by telephone, appointments, or institutional visits; keeping client apprised of investigations, negotiations, and court rulings; appearing at regularly scheduled court dockets and all appearances concerning assigned caseload; drafting motions and pleadings.

Qualifications: Must be a current member of the Missouri Bar or eligible for bar licensure in Missouri.

Geographic Locations: Visit website at www.publicdefender.mo.gov for weekly update of position vacancies.

Current Openings:

Bolivar — Accepting applications until position is filled

Monett — Accepting applications until position October 2

St. Louis City — Accepting applications until position October 2

MSPD is always seeking to hire motivated, client centered attorneys to work in hard to fill jurisdictions within the state. Contact Gina Hall, Human Resources Manager, at 573-777-9977 if you are interested in learning more about rural placement opportunities.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary is $46,992. After one year, an APD is eligible for salary increase to $52,116. Eligible for full state benefits including health, life, and long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, CLE training, and payment of bar dues.

To Apply: An Application for Employment must be submitted to be considered for opening(s). Applicants may also provide a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Applications can be obtained at any Public Defender office, via website at publicdefender.mo.gov or by calling (573) 777-9977, ext. 202.

Send completed applications by mail, fax, or email to: Missouri State Public Defender

Attn: Human Resources

Woodrail Centre

1000 W. Nifong, Bldg. 7, Suite 100

Columbia, MO 65203

Fax: 573-777-9976

Email: human.resources@mspd.mo.gov

-The Missouri State Public Defender System is an Equal Opportunity Employer