Trial Attorney

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United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Street address: 
1441 Sansom Street
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Defender Association of Philadelphia is looking for an experienced trial attorney to join our organization’s criminal trial practice divisions. The Defender Association of Philadelphia is a non-profit law firm serving the clients in the city of Philadelphia. Defender attorneys are part of a dynamic team that includes social workers, paralegals, mitigation specialists, investigators, and administrative professionals who play critical roles serving our clients and communities. Complementing our trial practice, the Defender Association focuses on meeting the needs of clients pre-trial and following incarceration. Our office represents 70% of people charged with crimes in Philadelphia. We are comprised of various practice units wherein we provide representation beginning at the preliminary arraignment through the appellate process. We employ a client centered representation model which includes providing clients with zealous advocacy in the courtroom and partnering with our community through Participatory Defense, expungement clinics and other community-based events

Benefits & Perks
• Very generous and rich benefits plan with many employer paid benefit
• Substantial paid time off
• 401(b) with Employer Match
• Meaningful & Impactful Work
• Growth Opportunities
• Ongoing Training and Development of You

Who is the Defender Association?
The Defender Association of Philadelphia is more than just a law firm. We’re the community’s lawyers. The Defender team – more than 500 attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrators, and other staff – make sure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to high-quality defense when facing criminal charges. Our mission-driven, client-centered model focuses on outcomes that support a system that is fundamentally fair and creates safer, stronger communities. Follow us @PhilllyDefenders (Twitter, Instagram & TikTok) and on LinkedIn.


What You’ll Need
• Juris Doctor required, must be Pennsylvania bar member (active and in good standing)
• Minimum of three years’ experience providing direct legal representation to individuals involved in the criminal justice system, including litigating complex felony cases
• Jury trial experience preferred
• A demonstrated interest in and commitment to the representation of individuals within the criminal justice system
• Ability to adapt to changing needs of the Defender Association and to work collaboratively with all Defender staff
• Must be able to travel to courtrooms, local and statewide prisons/facilities if needed
• Requires full Covid vaccination or approved exemption request

To apply: 

How to Apply:
Please apply on our Career page on website and include cover letter and resume

The Defender Association provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Defender Association complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Based on experience
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 30, 2023