The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now actively recruiting 3rd year law students, judicial clerks, and fellows to begin employment after August 2021. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and advocacy on behalf of indigent persons. She or he will also have a demonstrated ability to engage in thoughtful legal analysis, accept feedback on writing and other legal skills, and engage with marginalized communities. The scope of representation expected of an attorney is determined by the nature of the case assignment and the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards are established in accordance with the State Supreme Court’s Standards for Indigent Defense, union bargaining agreements, and the Washington State Bar Association Guidelines. Attorneys in the Department of Public Defense are expected to participate in ongoing training to improve their level of practice.
DPD will be holding a remote open house on September 15, 2020, for those who would like to learn more about our program. Please click here to register for the open house.
For more information including how to apply, click here.