Assistant Public Defender - Youth Defense

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Organization information
Organization name: 
Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

You will represent clients with cases under Senate Bill 256, which abolished life without parole for youth and provided a second look to people who committed crimes as children. You will work with other attorneys in the Youth Defense and Legal Departments and other staff at the OPD, including investigators, administrative staff, and interns. You will communicate with incarcerated clients, family members, and various stakeholders; request and review records from various agencies and courts; prepare written memoranda; and appear and represent incarcerated persons at parole board panel hearings and full parole board hearings (if scheduled). Essential duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following: Communicate with incarcerated clients through letters, telephone or video calls, and/or in-person visits; Request and review records from courts, agencies, and Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) facilities; Communicate with family members, supporters, and agency or DRC staff to build or refine re-entry plans; Potentially appear at parole board family conferences (virtually) with family members and supporters if requested by the incarcerated person; Prepare written memoranda to submit to the parole board describing the mitigating factors of youth as set forth in S.B. 256 and demonstrating why the incarcerated person is suitable for release; Appear at (virtually) and represent incarcerated persons at the parole board panel hearings; Appear at (virtually) and represent incarcerated persons at full parole board hearings (if scheduled); Work with mitigation specialists and investigators to request records and schedule visits and telephone calls.


Admission to Ohio Bar pursuant to Section 4705.01

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$67,620-$96,200 annually
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2023