“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

Contract Positions

Contract Attorneys Needed

The Conflicts Division of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council has an immediate need for Contract Attorneys to handle indigent defense conflict cases in the following circuits: Augusta Judicial Circuit, Brunswick Judicial Circuit, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, Clayton Judicial Circuit, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, Mountain Judicial Circuit, Southwestern Judicial Circuit, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, and Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit.  Qualified candidates should have minimum of three years of criminal defense experience in private practice or experience in a District Attorney or Public Defender office as lead counsel.  Other substantially comparable experience may be considered.  Interested attorneys should be prepared to accept from 25 to 65 or more new clients over a six month period or from 50 to 130 or more new clients over the course of one year.  These attorneys should have the time resources available to handle such a case load with professionalism and dedication.  The clients assigned under these contracts will have pending matters in Superior or Juvenile Courts and, in some areas, attorneys will be expected to handle cases in both Superior and Juvenile Courts.  Selected contract attorneys will be paid an amount that will be based on the anticipated number of new clients to be assigned over the contract period and will receive monthly installment payments over the course of the contract, but will be required to handle all assigned clients’ legal matters through final disposition.  Selected contract attorneys will be paid additional fees for conducting jury trials, for murder and felony murder cases, and for appellate work (if appropriate).  All assignments of cases and practically all communication related to assigned matters will be via email, thus making it imperative that the selected attorney is responsive in a timely manner to this type of communication.  Substantial jury trial experience will be preferred.

To be considered, please provide a current resume with references and a letter of interest.  This information should be sent to ConflictRequest@gapublicdefender.org with the terms “Interested Attorney Contractor” placed in the Subject line of the email.  The letter of interest and email should be to the attention of:  Jim Stokes, Director, Conflicts Division, GPDSC.  No phone calls please.

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 Appellate Level Conflict Attorney

Location: multiple throughout Georgia

The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council (GPDSC) seeks qualified candidates to serve on a contractual and ad hoc basis in the representation of indigent clients from their motions for new trial through direct appeal from criminal convictions.  Positions are available in the various judicial circuits in Georgia, with attorneys especially sought in the southern Georgia geographic area.  Candidates for these opportunities must:

  • Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia;
  • Be both personally and professionally willing to provide competent, zealous and effective advocacy and representation on behalf of clients through the end of their direct appeal;
  • Either (i) have at least three years of prior experience  in handling criminal cases including criminal appeals; or (ii) be a licensed attorney for five years; or (iii) be supervised by a lawyer, with at least three years of prior experience in handling criminal cases including criminal appeals or has been a licensed attorney for at least five years.
  • Be able to certify in writing that they have not been subject to disciplinary findings by the State Bar or other court or agency in the previous five years.
  • Be available to participate in a training program organized and produced by the GPDSC.
  • Affirm in writing that the attorney will (i) provide for the allotted time; (ii) not accept additional work that prevents the Contract Attorney from devoting that amount of time to the case or cases accepted.

Interested applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter and resume detailing the nature of the prior criminal experience, the nature of the work that qualifies them for the contract and the judicial circuits of interest;
  • A writing sample of the applicant’s written work no more than 15 pages; and
  • The contact information for three references who have reviewed applicant’s work.

to Jimmonique R.S. Rodgers, Director, Appellate Division, GPDSC by email to  appellaterequest@gapublicdefender.org with the words “Interested Appellate Attorney” placed in the subject line of the email.  No phone calls please.

 

 

 

Trial Level Conflict Attorney
Location: multiple throughout Georgia

The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council (GPDSC) seeks qualified attorneys willing to accept assigned cases on an ad hoc basis for indigent defendants where the local public defender office has declared a conflict of interest.  There is a need for attorneys throughout the State of Georgia.  These attorneys must be willing to accept assigned cases for pre-negotiated rates and must possess the following qualifications:

  •     Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia;
  •     Be willing to accept all assigned cases in a designated geographic area (excluding death penalty);
  •     Be willing and able to provide competent, zealous, and effective advocacy and representation on behalf of clients through the course of the final disposition of their case, including through jury trial;
  •     Have experience in criminal trial litigation;
  •     Have a law practice with necessary support which allows the contractor the requisite time and energy to devote to the zealous representation of assigned clients;
  •     Be capable and willing to provide appellate representation to their clients who are convicted by a judge or jury;
  •     Be prepared to accept cases upon notification from the GPDSC Conflicts Division on or after September 15, 2011.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter summarizing experience and their judicial circuits of interest along with a resume to Jim Stokes, Director, Conflicts Division, GPDSC by email to ConflictRequest@gapublicdefender.org with the words ‘Interested Conflict Attorney’ placed in the subject line of the email.  No phone calls please.