STAFF ATTORNEY POSITIONS: A staff attorney with the Department of Public Advocacy is a person who has active membership and good standing in the Kentucky Bar or with another state bar. Staff Attorneys with the Department of Public Advocacy are public defenders who serve clients throughout the Commonwealth.
- Hopkinsville (Christian County) Trial Office - Staff Attorney I: Represents indigent criminal defendants in misdemeanor and juvenile cases vigorously, effectively, ethically, and with integrity. Conducts client interviews and maintains notes and records of pertinent case facts sufficient to provide proper client representation. Researches legal issues and writes clear, concise motions. Obtains knowledge of the case through discovery and investigation sufficient to make a decision regarding disposition. Develops a theory of the case that is consistent with the facts and the law. Willing to try appropriate cases. Duties are performed primarily in both office and courtroom settings. Travel is required.
LAW CLERK POSITIONS: A law clerk with the Department of Public Advocacy is a person who has graduated from an ABA accredited law school and anticipates taking the July 2017 bar exam in any state. Law Clerks work closely with Public Defenders with the DPA and will assist on a variety of law related activities including: court dockets, research, writing, client communications and preparation for hearings and trial. Current members of any state bar will also be considered for law clerk positions.
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HOW TO APPLY FOR A POSITION WITH THE DPA
- Click on "Search Openings"
- 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.
WHY WORK FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADVOCACY?
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.
QUESTIONS OR GUIDANCE NEEDED?
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
Patti is always happy to answer questions about the Department of Public Advocacy, job openings and other opportunities in the Department of Public Advocacy.