“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to the assistance of counsel for his defense.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment VI

Georgia Public Defender Standards Council

State Positions

Please direct employment questions to our Human Resources Manager, Michelle Raines at 404-232-8900 or 800-676-4432 (toll-free in Georgia).

Michelle Raines
Human Resources Manager
Georgia Public Defender Standards Council
104 Marietta Street
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303

If applying for a position with our agency please follow the instructions listed in the job posting.

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GPDSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender I

Location:     Dougherty Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Dougherty Judicial Circuit has an opening for an APD I to represent clients.  Applicants must be able to accept supervision, a team player, self-motivated, have a positive attitude and possess strong communication skills.  Applicants must be able to handle a caseload and appeals resulting from motions or trials.  Preference will be given to applicants with previous appellate experience.  Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Georgia Bar.  The deadline for submission will be AUGUST 17, 2015.  To apply, please complete a state employment application, resume and cover letter.  Applications for the position should be submitted by email or by mail only, NOT BY FAX.   The applications submitted by email should be submitted to me at Lejohnson@dougherty.ga.us; or by U.S. mail delivery at:              Leisa Johnson, Dougherty Circuit Public Defender, PO Box 1827, Albany, GA 31702.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender I

Location:     Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Public Defender Office for the Stone Mountain Circuit (DeKalb County) is seeking a zealous, dedicated, and experienced appellate litigator.  The attorney chosen for this position will combine a demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with strong research, writing, and litigation skills.  The attorney will provide exceptional representation to our clients before the trial and all appellate courts.  An additional requirement of this position is the ability to quickly and accurately provide research assistance to our trial lawyers.  Qualifications include:

A demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive indigent defense

At least five years criminal defense litigation experience

Strong issue identification, research, writing and oral advocacy skills

Ability to work independently and effectively  manage a significant caseload

Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment

Ability to supervise and mentor law students

Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest, resume and brief writing sample to Circuit Public Defender Claudia Saari,  cssaari@dekalbcountyga.gov.  Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2015.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender I

Location:     Macon Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I
The Macon Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking an entry level Assistant Public Defender I.    The position will be based in our Bibb County office located in Macon, GA.  The caseload will consist of felony cases in Bibb County Superior Court.  Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for this position and must be a current member in good standing with the state bar or be eligible for practice as a recent law school graduate.  Strong commitment to indigent defense also required.  Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, employment application to:  Rick Waller at rickwaller@gmail.com.

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Position:       Administrative Assistant I

Location:     Macon Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Administrative Assistant I

The Macon Circuit Public Defender’s office has an opening for a full-time Administrative Assistant, assisting indigent defendants in superior court cases at the trial level.  The position will be based in our Bibb County office located in Macon, GA.  The Administrative Assistant works with attorneys and investigators as part of a division and is primarily responsible for all administrative function of the division.  Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and State of Georgia application to:  Rick Waller at rickwaller@gmail.com.

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Position:       Mitigation Investigator

Location:     Tifton Capital Defender Office

Job Description and Requirements:

Investigator II

The Southwest Georgia Regional Office of the Georgia Capital Defender has an immediate opening for a full-time Mitigation Investigator, representing indigent defendants in state capital cases at the trial level. The Mitigation Investigator works with attorneys and fact investigators as part of a client team and is primarily responsible for conducting comprehensive fact-based investigations to develop and prepare evidence to be presented in the penalty phase of capital cases. The Mitigation Investigator identifies, locates and interviews a variety of witnesses; identifies, collects and reviews a vast array of records; identifies and analyzes issues in the case; prepares independent reports concerning the life history of the client, and assists attorneys in identifying appropriate expert witnesses, and preparing evidence and witnesses to present to the jury. The Mitigation Investigator must be able to organize and prioritize workload to manage cases efficiently; adjust to workload changes; work within a team and under stress to meet deadlines. The position offers an opportunity to work out of the Southwest Georgia Regional Office in Tifton, Georgia. Full state benefits.

Preferred Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or a related field as well as at least two years of experience in criminal and/or capital litigation is preferred or a master’s degree in social work, psychology or a related field. Knowledge of social history and mental health issues in the context of capital trials is preferred. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel extensively throughout Georgia and out of state.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, employment application, cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for at least three (3) references to:

Melinda Ryals, Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, Southwest Georgia Regional Office, P.O. Box 1909, Tifton, Georgia 31793 Or by email: mryals@mgacapdef.org.  Deadline for submission: August 15th, 2015 or until position filled

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Position:       Administrative Assistant

Location:      Coweta Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Administrative Assistant I

The Coweta Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office has an opening for an Administrative Assistant position.  The opening is in the Newnan office.  Prior experience in the legal field and a college degree is preferred.  Applicants must be a team player, self-motivated, have a positive attitude and possess strong oral and written communication skills.   Please send a resume and State of Georgia Application to Dawn Broome at dbroome@gapublicdefender.org. Application deadline is August 15, 2015.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender II

Location:      Coweta Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender II

The Coweta Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office has an opening for an Assistant Public Defender II position.  The opening is in the Newnan office.  Preferred qualifications are three to five years of criminal trial experience .  Applicants must be a team player, self-motivated, have a positive attitude and possess strong oral and written communication skills.   Must have a valid State of Georgia Bar License.  Please send a resume and State of Georgia Application to Dawn Broome at dbroome@gapublicdefender.org. Application deadline is August 15, 2015.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender III

Location:      Towaliga Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender III

The Towaliga Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office has an opening for an Assistant Public Defender III position.  The Circuit consists of Monroe, Lamar and Butts Counties.  Preferred qualifications are a minimum of four years of criminal trial experience and have been lead counsel in at least five felony jury trials.  Applicants must be a team player, self-motivated, have a positive attitude and possess strong communication skills.  Applicants must be able to handle a caseload and appeals resulting from motions or trials.  Applicants will be subject to a complete background check, drug screening and must have a valid driver’s license.  Applicants should mail or email their resume, cover letter and references to:

Tina Thornton, Office Manager
560 N. Lee St.
Forsyth, GA  31029
Email: tthornton@gapublicdefender.org

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Position:     Assistant Circuit Public Defender I or II

Location:    Brunswick Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

Assistant Public Defender II

The Brunswick Circuit Public Defender Office is accepting resumes for an Assistant Public Defender.  The level will be based on experience.  Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for this position. Applicant must be a current member in good standing with the state bar. Interested applicants should submit an employment application, resume & cover letter to: Kevin Gough: kgough@gapublicdefender.org.  This position is open until filled.
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Position:     Assistant Circuit Public Defender I

Location:    Alcovy Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Alcovy Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Public Defender to represent indigent defendants charged with crimes in Superior Court from arrest to trial and appeal if necessary.  Applicants must have the necessary skills to perform the responsibilities for the position and must be a licensed member of the Georgia Bar in good standing.  Please submit resume and cover letter to Terri Hall at thall@co.newton.ga.us.

 

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Position:     Clerk I

Location:    Alapaha Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Clerk I

The Alapaha Circuit Public Defender Office is accepting resumes for a Clerk I. Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for this position. Interested applicants should submit an employment application, resume & cover letter to:

Janice Prince at jprince@gapublicdefender.org

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Position:     Assistant Circuit Public Defender I

Location:    Alapaha Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Alapaha Circuit Public Defender Office is accepting resumes for an Assistant Public Defender. Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for this position. Applicant must be a current member in good standing with the state bar. Interested applicants should submit an employment application, resume & cover letter to:

Janice Prince at jprince@gapublicdefender.org

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender I

Location:      Dougherty Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Dougherty Judicial Circuit has an opening for an APD I to represent clients.  Applicants must be a team player, self-motivated, have a positive attitude and possess strong communication skills.  Applicants must be able to handle a caseload and appeals resulting from motions or trials.  Previous experience is preferred.  Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Georgia Bar.  The deadline for submission will be June 30, 2015.  Applications for the position should be submitted by email or by mail only, NOT BY FAX.   The applications submitted by email should be submitted to me at Lejohnson@dougherty.ga.us; or by U.S. mail delivery at: Leisa Johnson, Dougherty Circuit Public Defender, PO Box 1827, Albany, GA 31702.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender I

Location:      Augusta Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Augusta Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office is seeking to hire (3) Assistant Public Defenders.  One for our State court division and for one for our Superior Court division. This State Court attorney would primarily handle misdemeanors in the State and Magistrate Courts of Richmond County, Georgia. The Superior Court attorney would handle felonies and misdemeanors in the Superior Courts of Richmond, Columbia, and Burke Counties. Experience preferred for the Superior Court position.

Before starting, must be member of the Georgia Bar and be admitted  before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.  The Augusta Public Defender’s Office is a Gideon’s Promise partner office.   Please send resume and cover letter to Holly Chapman at hchapman@augustaga.gov. Deadline for submission is May 30, 2015.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender II or III

Location:      Rome Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender II

Assistant Public Defender III

The Rome Judicial Circuit has an opening for an APD II or III (depending on experience) to represent clients in the Superior Court, Probate Traffic Court and Magistrate and Municipal Courts. Applicants must be a team player, self-motivated, have a positive attitude and possess strong communication skills.  Applicants must be able to handle a caseload and appeals resulting from motions or trials.  Previous experience is preferred.  Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Georgia Bar.  The deadline for submission will be August 1, 2015.  Please send resumes and cover letter to Lee Henley, Rome Circuit Public Defender, 12 East Fourth Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30161.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender I

Location:      Rome Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Rome Judicial Circuit has an opening for an APD I to handle cases in Juvenile Court only. Applicants must be a team player, self-motivated, have a positive attitude and possess strong communication skills.  Applicants must be able to handle a caseload and appeals resulting from motions or trials.  Previous experience is preferred.  Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Georgia Bar.  The deadline for submission will be June 1, 2015.  Please send resumes and cover letter to Lee Henley, Rome Circuit Public Defender, 12 East Fourth Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30161.

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Position:       Assistant Public Defender I or II

Location:      Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

Assistant Public Defender II

The Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit is seeking  is seeking an attorney to provide exceptional representation to our clients.  This position will handle both felony and misdemeanors. One to two years criminal trial experience is preferred. Good communication skills and good computer skills are a must.  Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.  The deadline to apply is July 31, 2015.  Please send cover letters, resumes and state of Georgia applications to Stephen A. Craft at scraft@columbusga.org.

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Position:       Administrative Assistant III

Location:      Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Administrative Assistant III

The Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant.  The Administrative Assistant works with attorneys and investigators as part of a team and is primarily responsible for all administrative function of the work team.  Previous experience working in a legal environment is preferred.   The deadline to apply is May 31, 2015.  Please send cover letters, resumes and state of Georgia applications to Stephen A. Craft at scraft@columbusga.org.

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender

Location:      Atlantic Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:
Assistant Public Defender I

The office of the Atlantic Circuit Public Defender Office is seeking an entry level Assistant Public Defender I.  The Circuit includes Liberty, Tattnall, Bryan, Evans, McIntosh, and Long Counties.  The position will be based in our Tattnall County office located in Reidsville, GA.  The caseload will primarily consist of felony and misdemeanor cases in Tattnall and Evans Counties.  Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for this position and must be a current member in good standing with the state bar.  Strong commitment to indigent defense also required.  Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, employment application to:

Brandon Clark at bclark@gapublicdefender.org .

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