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

State Positions

Please direct employment questions to our Human Resources Manager at 404-795-2440 or 800-676-4432 (toll-free in Georgia).

Human Resources Manager
Georgia Public Defender Council
104 Marietta Street
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303

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

You may download the State employment application here. For other state job openings and for more information about employment with the State of Georgia, please visit Careers.ga.gov.

GPDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Position:        Assistant Public Defender
Location:      Alapaha Judicial Circuit
Deadline:       June 17, 2016

Assistant Public Defender I

Job Description and Requirements:

The Alapaha Circuit Public Defender’s Office is accepting resumes for an entry level Assistant Public Defender I. The position will be located in Adel, Cook County, Georgia. The caseload will consist of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases throughout the Circuit. The circuit consists of five counties including Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Cook, and Lanier counties. 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 have a strong commitment to indigent defense. Deadline for submission is June 17, 2016.

Interested applicants should submit a State of Georgia employment application, resume & cover letter to:

Janice Prince at jprince@gapublicdefender.org


Position:      Circuit Public Defender
Location:     Pataula Judicial Circuit
Deadline:    May 26, 2016

The Pataula Circuit Public Defender Supervisory Committee is accepting résumés for the position of Circuit Public Defender.

The Pataula Circuit Public Defender’s Office provides representation to indigent persons who are charged with crimes in Clay, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole and Terrell Counties.

State salary is $105,526 annually, not including any potential county-paid supplement.

Job Description, Responsibilities, & Qualifications

Job Description: Serves as the Circuit office head, reports to the Executive Director of the Georgia Public Defender Council. The Circuit Public Defender will make key decisions regarding the management of the Circuit, its budget, its staff, and its cases.

Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to): Supervising and managing budgets and multiple offices. Supervising and mentoring Assistant Public Defenders, investigators, paraprofessionals, clerical assistants, and independent contractors. Establish a method for identifying conflicts of interest at the earliest possible opportunity.

Performance Standards:

  • Appropriate use of state and local funds
  • Proper management of state and local budgets
  • Accurate reports of caseload by type, including conflict cases
  • Accurate reports of state and local budgets and expenditures
  • Ethical, zealous, individualized representation of each client entitled to the services of the Circuit Public Defender Office

Minimum Qualifications: Under OCGA § 17-12-21, to be eligible to fill the position of circuit public defender, a person must:

  • Have attained the age of 25 years;
  • Have been duly admitted and licensed to practice law in the superior courts for at least three years;
  • Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia; and
  • If previously disbarred from the practice of law, have been reinstated as provided by law.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates for the position of circuit public defender should possess:

  • A strong, demonstrable interest in the effective defense of indigent people accused of crimes;
  • Sufficient experience in the defense of criminal cases (or equivalent trial experience) to permit the candidate to evaluate the qualifications of the Assistant Public Defenders employed in the Circuit and to train or assist in the training of less-experienced public defenders;
  • Experience as lead counsel in the defense of a person accused of a crime in at least ten felony cases tried to completion before a jury, at least two of which involved potential sentences of life in prison;
  • Leadership skills and the ability to oversee the management of a Circuit Public Defender office and insure that Standards and Guidelines implemented by GPDC are consistently met or exceeded throughout the circuit; and
  • The ability to establish and maintain sound fiscal policy and practice, supervise attorneys and other staff, communicate well with other participants in the criminal justice system, as well as with local government representatives.

Interested applicants should submit a State of Georgia employment application, résumé, and cover letter to:

Pataula Circuit Supervisory Panel
c/o GPDC
104 Marietta Street NW
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303

Or by email to:

ckarounos@gapubdef.org

Subject: Pataula CPD Application

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Position: Circuit Public Defender
Location: South Georgia Judicial Circuit
Deadline: May 26, 2016

The South Georgia Circuit Public Defender Supervisory Committee is accepting résumés for the position of Circuit Public Defender. The South Georgia Circuit Public Defender’s Office provides representation to indigent persons who are charged with crimes in Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Grady and Mitchell Counties. State salary is $105,526 annually, not including any potential county-paid supplement.

JOB DESCRIPTION, RESPONSIBILITIES, & QUALIFICATIONS

Job Description: Serves as the Circuit office head, reports to the Executive Director of the Georgia Public Defender Council. The Circuit Public Defender will make key decisions regarding the management of the Circuit, its budget, its staff, and its cases.

Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to): Supervising and managing budgets and multiple offices. Supervising and mentoring Assistant Public Defenders, investigators, paraprofessionals, clerical assistants, and independent contractors. Establish a method for identifying conflicts of interest at the earliest possible opportunity.

Performance Standards:
• Appropriate use of state and local funds
• Proper management of state and local budgets
• Accurate reports of caseload by type, including conflict cases
• Accurate reports of state and local budgets and expenditures
• Ethical, zealous, individualized representation of each client entitled to the services of the Circuit Public Defender Office

Minimum Qualifications: Under OCGA § 17-12-21, to be eligible to fill the position of circuit public defender, a person must:
• Have attained the age of 25 years;
• Have been duly admitted and licensed to practice law in the superior courts for at least three years;
• Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia; and
• If previously disbarred from the practice of law, have been reinstated as provided by law.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates for the position of circuit public defender should possess:
• A strong, demonstrable interest in the effective defense of indigent people accused of crimes;
• Sufficient experience in the defense of criminal cases (or equivalent trial experience) to permit the candidate to evaluate the qualifications of the Assistant Public Defenders employed in the Circuit and to train or assist in the training of less-experienced public defenders;
• Experience as lead counsel in the defense of a person accused of a crime in at least ten felony cases tried to completion before a jury, at least two of which involved potential sentences of life in prison;
• Leadership skills and the ability to oversee the management of a Circuit Public Defender office and insure that Standards and Guidelines implemented by GPDC are consistently met or exceeded throughout the circuit; and
• The ability to establish and maintain sound fiscal policy and practice, supervise attorneys and other staff, communicate well with other participants in the criminal justice system, as well as with local government representatives.

Interested applicants should submit the State of Georgia employment application, résumé, and cover letter to:

South Georgia Circuit Supervisory Panel
c/o GPDC
104 Marietta Street NW
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Or by email to:
ckarounos@gapubdef.org  Please mark subject line: South Georgia CPD Application

 


 

Position: Circuit Public Defender
Location: Brunswick Judicial Circuit
Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Brunswick Circuit Public Defender Supervisory Committee is accepting résumés for the position of Circuit Public Defender. The Brunswick Circuit Public Defender’s Office provides representation to indigent persons who are charged with crimes in Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis and Wayne Counties. State salary is $105,526 annually, not including any potential county-paid supplement.
JOB DESCRIPTION, RESPONSIBILITIES, & QUALIFICATIONS
Job Description: Serves as the Circuit office head, reports to the Executive Director of the Georgia Public Defender Council. The Circuit Public Defender will make key decisions regarding the management of the Circuit, its budget, its staff, and its cases.
Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to): Supervising and managing budgets and multiple offices. Supervising and mentoring Assistant Public Defenders, investigators, paraprofessionals, clerical assistants, and independent contractors. Establish a method for identifying conflicts of interest at the earliest possible opportunity.
 Performance Standards:
• Appropriate use of state and local funds
• Proper management of state and local budgets
• Accurate reports of caseload by type, including conflict cases
• Accurate reports of state and local budgets and expenditures
• Ethical, zealous, individualized representation of each client entitled to the services of the Circuit Public Defender Office
Minimum Qualifications: Under OCGA § 17-12-21, to be eligible to fill the position of circuit public defender, a person must:
• Have attained the age of 25 years;
• Have been duly admitted and licensed to practice law in the superior courts for at least three years;
• Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia; and
• If previously disbarred from the practice of law, have been reinstated as provided by law.
Preferred Qualifications: Candidates for the position of circuit public defender should possess:
• A strong, demonstrable interest in the effective defense of indigent people accused of crimes;
• Sufficient experience in the defense of criminal cases (or equivalent trial experience) to permit the candidate to evaluate the qualifications of the Assistant Public Defenders employed in the Circuit and to train or assist in the training of less-experienced public defenders;
• Experience as lead counsel in the defense of a person accused of a crime in at least ten felony cases tried to completion before a jury, at least two of which involved potential sentences of life in prison;
• Leadership skills and the ability to oversee the management of a Circuit Public Defender office and insure that Standards and Guidelines implemented by GPDC are consistently met or exceeded throughout the circuit; and
• The ability to establish and maintain sound fiscal policy and practice, supervise attorneys and other staff, communicate well with other participants in the criminal justice system, as well as with local government representatives.
Interested applicants should fill out and submit the Brunswick Panel Application Form, the State of Georgia employment application, résumé, and cover letter to:
Mr. John Ossick
Brunswick Supervisory Panel Chair
c/o GPDC
104 Marietta Street NW
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Or by email to brunswickpanel@gapublicdefender.org
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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:       Dublin Judicial Circuit
Deadline:       June 30, 2016

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Dublin Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender I.  Primary duties include representing indigent clients in State and Superior Courts. Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for the position. Applicants must be admitted to and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. A strong commitment to indigent defense is required. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2016. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and employment application to Clay Tapley at ctapley@gapublicdefender.org.

 

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:       Dublin Judicial Circuit
Deadline:       June 30, 2016

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender II

The Dublin Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender I.  Primary duties include representing indigent clients in State and Superior Courts. Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for the position. Applicants must be admitted to and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia, and have prior legal experience in a public defender role. A strong commitment to indigent defense is required. Position is open until June 30, 2016. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and employment application to Clay Tapley at ctapley@gapublicdefender.org.

 

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Position:         Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:        Southern Judicial Circuit

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Southern Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender in our Valdosta Office which covers Lowndes, Brooks and Echols Counties. Primary duties include representing indigent clients with criminal case(s) in Superior and Juvenile Courts. Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for the position. Applicants must be a current member in good standing with the Georgia State bar. A strong commitment to indigent defense is also required. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2016 or until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and employment application to Patti Sutton at psutton@lowndescounty.com.

 

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Position:        Assistant Public Defender I
Location:       Alcovy Judicial Circuit
Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Alcovy Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Newton County is seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender. Primary duties include representing indigent clients with criminal case(s). Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for the position. Applicants must be admitted to and be in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. A strong commitment to indigent defense is also required. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and employment application to Terri Hall at thall@co.newton.ga.us.

 

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Position:        Assistant Public Defender I
Location:       Paulding Judicial Circuit
Resume Deadline: June 3, 2016

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The office of the Paulding Judicial Circuit is currently seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender. Applicants must be admitted to and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. Applicants must have the qualifications and skills required to perform the job duties and responsibilities of an Assistant Public Defender I. Experience in criminal prosecution or defense or an appellate background is preferred. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and employment application by e-mail to Thomas Driggers,  Office of the Paulding Judicial Circuit Public Defender, at tdriggers@paulding.gov.

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:      Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit
Anticipated Start Date:    Fall 2016

Job Description and Requirements:Assistant Public Defender III

The office of the Chattahoochee Circuit Public Defender is currently seeking to fill two Assistant Public Defender III positions.  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.  Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, employment application to Steve Craft at scraft@columbusga.org .

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:       LaGrange, GA – Coweta Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The office of the Coweta Circuit Public Defender Office is seeking an Assistant Public Defender (Juvenile Court) for their Troup County office in LaGrange.   Applicants must meet the qualifications, 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.  Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, employment application to:

Dawn Broome at  dbroome@gapublicdefender.org

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Position:       Clerk
Location:      Augusta Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Clerk I

The Augusta 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.  This is a full-time position and the pay rate is $12.00 per hour.  Interested applicants should submit an employment application, resume & cover letter to ssanchez@augustaga.gov or mail to Augusta Circuit Public Defender Office, 402 Taylor Street, Augusta, Georgia, 30901.

 

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
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, and employment application to:

Rick Waller at rickwaller@gmail.com.

 

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender II
Location:       Northern Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender II

The Office of the Northern Circuit Public Defender is currently seeking an Assistant Public Defender with sufficient experience to be primarily responsible for felony and misdemeanor cases in Elbert County Superior and State courts.  Busy but fun.  Applicants must be admitted to and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.   Applicants must have the qualifications and skills required to perform the job duties and responsibilities of an Assistant Public Defender II.  A strong commitment to indigent defense is also required.  Interested applicants should submit a resume with contact information to Harvey Wasserman, Northern Circuit Public Defender, at hwasserman@gapublicdefender.0rg or 706-246-9325

 

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:       Dougherty Judicial Circuit
Deadline:       April 25, 2016

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The office of the Dougherty Circuit Public Defender is currently seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender I.  Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for this position and must be a member in good standing with the state bar.  Interested applicants should submit an employment application, resume (include your State Bar number and the names and contact information for three references), cover letter, and employment application by mail or e-mail (no faxes) to:

Leisa Johnson
Dougherty Circuit Public Defender
PO Box 1827
Albany, GA 31702-1827
ljohnson@gapublicdefender.org

 

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:       Macon Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender IV

The office of the Macon Circuit Public Defender Office is seeking an supervisory level Assistant Public Defender IV.  The Circuit includes Crawford, Macon-Bibb and Peach Counties .  The position is based in our Macon-Bibb County office located in Macon, GA.  The position includes supervision of our Major Felonies Division in addition to carrying a major felonies caseload.  Applicants must meet the APD IV qualifications, have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities, 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:

Rick Waller
Circuit Public Defender
201 Second ST, STE 550
Macon, GA  31201
or
rickwaller@gmail.com

 

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:       LaGrange, GA – Coweta Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The office of the Coweta Circuit Public Defender Office is seeking an Assistant Public Defender for their Troup County office in LaGrange.   Applicants must meet the qualifications, 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.  Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, employment application to:

Dawn Broome at  dbroome@gapublicdefender.org

 

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Position:        Assistant Public Defender I
Location:       Griffin Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The office of the Griffin Circuit Public Defender is currently seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender. Applicants must be admitted to and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. Applicants must have the qualifications and skills required to perform the job duties and responsibilities of an Assistant Public Defender I or II. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and employment application by mail, e-mail or fax to: Allen Adams,  Office of the Griffin Circuit Public Defender, P.O. Box 1145, Thomaston, Georgia 30286 or email to: aadams@gapublic defender.org

 

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Position:        Assistant Public Defender I
Location:       Mountain Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Mountain Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender. Primary duties include representing indigent clients with criminal case(s) in court. Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for the position. Applicants must be a current member in good standing with the Georgia State bar. A strong commitment to indigent defense is also required. Applications may be submitted until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and employment application to Drew Powell at publicdefender@windstream.net .

 

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Position:        Assistant Circuit Public Defender
Location:       Coweta Judicial Circuit

Job Description and Requirements:

Assistant Public Defender I

The Coweta Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking to hire an Assistant Public Defender I in the Carroll County office. Primary duties include representing indigent clients in State and Superior Courts. Applicants must meet the qualifications and have the necessary skills to perform the job duties and responsibilities for the position. Applicants must be a current member in good standing with the Georgia State bar or eligible to become a member. A strong commitment to indigent defense is required. Deadline for submission is February 5, 2016. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and employment application to Dawn Brooms at dbroome@gapublicdefender.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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