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Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Seeks Chief Public Defender
January 24, 2024 | Erin Stewart

The State Public Defender Board is conducting a national search for a new head State Public Defender.  The position is expected to be filled by Summer 2024.

Our Mission

The mission of the Wisconsin State Public Defender is to zealously represent clients, protect constitutional rights, and advocate for an effective and fair criminal justice system.  Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity and compassion.

Who We Are

The Wisconsin State Public Defender (SPD) is an independent, executive branch state agency charged with providing legal representation to indigent clients in criminal and certain civil cases.  The SPD has 40 officers around the state.  It appoints counsel in more than 125,000 cases statewide per year.

How to Apply

Applicants can find additional information about qualifications, salary, and information on how to submit an application at:

Applications will be closed on February 15, 2024.