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Kentucky DPA has over 350 attorneys aspiring to provide the highest level of legal advocacy to each of our 148,000 clients a year. We are committed to making the Public Defender’s Office the most professional public law firm in Kentucky. The office recruits and hires candidates who are committed to quality ethical representation and improving the criminal justice system. In order to ensure the best quality legal representation for our clients, the Department of Public Advocacy's defense team includes: attorneys; investigators; mitigation specialists, alternative sentencing workers (social workers); administrative professionals and interns from both undergraduate and law school programs. A description of each position can be found by clicking on the position title. 


Patti Heying is the Department of Public Advocacy Recruiter. If you are interested in joining the DPA team, please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample (if applying for an attorney or intern position) to: Patti Heying​ 


The Department of Public Advocacy operates under the Justice and Public Safety branch of the Kentucky State Government system. As such, all current vacancies may be found on the Personnel Cabinet's Career Opportunities Portal
1. Click on "Search and Apply"
2. Click on "Search Openings"
3. In the "Agency" drop-down box, select: "Justice and Public Safety"

For a further search, use the "Key Word" box. For example: "Attorney"

To be considered for an interview, you must create an account with the Personnel Cabinet, complete the online state application and apply to each posted vacancy. All DPA positions are filled according to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet regulations. DPA encourages you to set up your Personnel Cabinet profile and also to reach out to Patti Heying​ so that she can inform you of any open positions that fit your interests and qualifications.