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City of Spokane Public Defender’s Office Seeks Public Defender I
July 18, 2022 | Alison Pagan

The City of Spokane Public Defender’s Office seeks creative, client-focused advocates to join our diverse team of public defense attorneys. If you have a passion for public defense and a commitment to representing indigent persons, you have found your team!

Successful candidates are dedicated advocates, think critically and creatively in a fast-paced environment and are open to accepting feedback and opportunities to grow.

  • You use independent judgment, to determine the proper course of action within the limits of law.
  • You have the ability to maintain extensive outside contacts, to obtain or supply factual information.
  • You must be able to prepare legal briefs and develop strategy, arguments and testimony.
  • You have strong negotiation skills and bring those to court, in defense of your clients.
  • You care about your community and the citizens that you serve.

Our Public Defenders have professional development opportunities, annual pay step increases, a flexible schedule and great employee benefits, including a pension plan!

As another benefit, a Public Defender I will automatically promote to a Public Defender II after one year, accompanied by a starting salary of $73,936.08. The pay range for Public Defender II goes up to a yearly salary of $98,240.40.

Please visit the City of Spokane Career Center at, for the full job specification and compensation details.


  • Prepares and conducts legal defense before the Court including representation at first appearance and arraignment.
  • Gathers evidence and conducts legal research to formulate defense against charges.
  • Interviews clients and witnesses and may work with an investigator to ascertain case facts, and handles other details in preparation for trial or case resolution.
  • Prepares legal briefs, develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation for presentation of the case.
  • Negotiates resolution with prosecutors on non-trial cases.
  • Represents client in court, examining and cross-examining witnesses. Summarizes case to jury.
  • Provides advice by phone to DUI arrestees who have asked for such advice of counsel during business and non-business hours.
  • Confers with colleagues with specialty in area of law to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings, such as therapeutic courts.
  • Performs related work as required.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.