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Below are a list of positions and a short description as provided by the entity hiring. CDAM is not hiring these positions, and making information available. Send job postings to rsain@cdamonline.org.




Assistant Public Defender I or II - Wexford County Provide court appointed indigent defense services in Wexford and Missaukee Counties. • Must review police reports, discovery, and meet with clients to explain the process and review documents with them. • Will handle felony and misdemeanor cases from arraignment through trial and/or plea and sentencing. • This is a full-time position, and the successful candidate may not maintain practice outside of the office. Click here to get all the details first posted 2/14/24

Assistant Public Defender III - Berrien County  - Provides court-appointed indigent defense services within Berrien County Courts. Directs the investigation and researches necessary legal issues. Negotiates with the prosecution and promptly advises the client of the status of those negotiations. Litigates any legal issues that are necessary and appropriate, including bringing cases to trial. Conducts any post-trial litigation. Click here to get all the details first emailed 2/14/24

Assistant Public Defender II - Berrien County  - Provides court-appointed indigent defense services within Berrien County Courts. Identifies any special needs of the client. Determines what further fact investigation to undertake and what legal issues need development. Directs investigations and researches necessary legal issues. Negotiates with the prosecution and promptly advises the client of the status of those negotiations. Click here to get all the details first emailed 2/14/24

Assistant Public Defender I - Berrien County  - Provides court-appointed indigent defense services within Berrien County Courts. Carries a full caseload as determined by the Chief Public Defender. Attends legal and community meetings. Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the prosecution. Promptly meets with clients to learn the client’s goals for the representation and any special needs of the client. Click here to get all the details first emailed 2/14/24

Assistant Public Defender - Muskegon County  - The Assistant Public Defender (APD) is a trial lawyer position that supports the appointed chief public defender, playing a crucial role in countering state prosecutions. The APD practices in various forums, including county, municipal, and township courts, offering quality legal representation to defendants unable to afford legal counsel for criminal or civil violations. Additionally, the APD may be assigned to juvenile delinquency and neglect and abuse (NA) cases, serving as a Guardian ad litem (GAL). The position also provides operational/administrative assistance to the department head for recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating a large volunteer workforce of qualified student interns. Click here to get all the details first emailed 2/14/24

Lead Assistant Public Defender - Genesee County  - Genesee County is actively seeking passionate individuals to join their team and make a positive impact in the community. As Lead Assistant Public Defender, you oversee felony cases, manage a team, and ensure legal standards compliance. With Michigan State Bar membership and trial experience, you handle case review, negotiation, and litigation. Effective communication and collaboration are key for working with diverse populations. Competitive salary and growth opportunities available in Genesee County's legal environment. Click here to get all the details first emailed 2/7/24

Senior Assistant Public Defender- Marquette County  - Under the supervision of the Chief Public Defender, the Senior Assistant Public Defender serves as attorney for indigent clients throughout Marquette County and as an advocate for indigent defense. The Assistant Public Defender performs legal research using electronic and on line tools, handles cases in District and Circuit Court, and provides representation of individuals on the arraignment docket. This position may handle other cases as directed by the Chief Public Defender. Click here to get all the details  first emailed 1/31/24

Assistant Public Defender- Marquette County  - Under the supervision of the Chief Public Defender, the Assistant Public Defender is a trial lawyer position who serves as attorney for indigent clients throughout Marquette County and as an advocate for indigent defense. The Assistant Public Defender performs legal research using electronic and online tools, handles cases in District and Circuit Court, and provides representation of individuals on the arraignment docket. This position may handle other cases as directed by the Chief Public Defender. Click here to get all the details  first emailed 1/31/24

Assistant Public Defender- Macomb County (Staff Attorney I) - Macomb County Office of Public Defender is excited to announce the opening of Assistant Public Defender Positions! We are seeking motivated litigation attorneys to join our team who will: maintain a caseload of felony and/or misdemeanor cases, implement office defense policies, collaborate on defense strategy, participate in trainings; and provide a high level of client centered representation. Click here to get all the details  first emailed 1/17/24


Assistant Public Defender II, Lenawee County - Attorney is responsible for providing representation to indigent clients in all phases and types of criminal matters. Work is performed under the supervision of the Public Defender. An attorney hired in this position will be expected to work solely for Lenawee County during the course of their employment as a Public Defender and not enter into outside employment that may create a conflict with their position or the County. An employee in this class may be called upon to do any or all of the following including pre-trial and trial preparation and litigating all aspects of the case through disposition at the trial court level. Click to get all the detailsfirst emailed 1/3/24

Associate Public Defender I, Manistee and Benzie Counties - Under the direction and supervision of the Chief Public Defender, serves as the attorney of record indigent defendants in criminal cases ensuring that Manistee and Benzie Counties meet all constitutional and legislative requirements as they pertain to the representation of indigent adult offenders. The Associate Public Defender will maintain full compliance with standards set forth by the MIDC/LARA.

The Associate Public Defender may participate only in assigned legal work from the Manistee/Benzie Regional Public Defender’s Office for compensation during their employment, with the exception of cases obtained prior to employment with the office. Permission by the Chief Public Defender is required to continue with prior representations. Click to get all the details.  first emailed 12/6/23

Assistant Public Defender – Level I, Kalamazoo Defender - Kalamazoo Defender is an independent non-profit organization that represents the adult indigent population charged with a crime within Kalamazoo County. Maintains availability to other staff members for consultation and education; participates in training programs; maintains current knowledge of appropriate support functions. Maintains accurate, complete and well-organized electronic case files. Participates in legal clinics held in community forums. Mentors less experienced Assistant Public Defenders, based on experience level. Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Chief Public Defender or designee. Click to get all the details.  first emailed 12/6/23

Assistant Public Defender – Level III: Senior Trial Attorney, Kalamazoo Defender - Kalamazoo Defender is an independent non-profit organization that represents the adult indigent population charged with a crime within Kalamazoo County. Provides court appointed indigent defense services within Kalamazoo County Courts. Carries a felony caseload, excluding capital cases, with supervision from the Chief Public Defender. Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the Prosecution. Promptly meets with clients and learns the client's goals for the representation and any special needs of the client. Determines what further fact investigation to undertake and employs the services of internal investigators or outside investigators as agreed upon with the Chief Defender. Click to get all the details.  first emailed 12/6/23

Assistant Public Defender – Level IV: Capital Trial Attorney, Kalamazoo Defender - Kalamazoo Defender is an independent non-profit organization that represents the adult indigent population charged with a crime within Kalamazoo County. Provides court appointed indigent defense services within Kalamazoo County Courts. Carries a capital felony caseload with supervision from the Chief Public Defender. Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the Prosecution. Promptly meets with clients and learns the client's goals for the representation and any special needs of the client. Click to get all the details.  first emailed 12/6/23

Assistant Public Defender, Ingham County - Under the direction of the Chief Public Defender, serves as attorney for indigent clients throughout the courts in Ingham County.  Performs legal research using electronic and on line tools.  Represents clients as assigned. Advocates in the best interest for clients.  Provides legal representation to the clients assigned by the Office of the Public Defender as determined by the Chief Public Defender or his designate.  Promptly meets with clients to understand goals and expectations.  Maintains appropriate client contact throughout the entire process. Click to get all the details.  first emailed 11/29/23

Staff Attorney, The Neighborhood Defender Service Wayne County - The Staff Attorney demonstrates a commitment to serving marginalized persons and communities and an enthusiasm for holistic defense. The ideal Staff Attorney is an experienced attorney who demonstrates a commitment to serving marginalized persons and communities, preferably with experience in a public defender office, in a public interest organization, or in the indigent criminal defense context. As a member of the inaugural staff at the organization, the Staff Attorney will help shape our present and future—contributing to a collaborative environment and culture of excellence in alignment with our values. At NDS Detroit, how we represent our clients is as important as individual case outcomes and our ideal Staff Attorney approaches the cultivation of a positive office culture and the representation of indigent clients with equal rigor and commitment. Click to get all the detailsfirst emailed 11/22/23

Public Defenders I, II, III, and IV - Jackson County Serve as the attorney of record of indigent defendants in criminal cases ensuring that Jackson County meets all constitutional and legislative requirements. The Assistant Public Defender will serve as the attorney of record of all indigent defendants in criminal cases ensuring that Jackson County meets all constitutional and legislative requirements as they pertain to the representation of indigent adult offenders. The Assistant Public Defender will maintain full compliance with standards set forth by the MIDC/LARA.  Click to get all the details.  first emailed 10/24/23

Assistant Federal Public Defender - Federal Defender of West Michigan  Assistant Federal Public Defenders provide every aspect of representation to individuals charged with federal crimes including trials and related hearings, direct appeals, post-conviction and habeas relief, witness representation, supervised release violations and other matters.  Click to get all the details. first emailed 10/24/23

Misdemeanor public defender in Isabella County -  Provides court appointed indigent defense services within Isabella County Courts. Attends legal and community meetings as directed. Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the Prosecution. Graduation from an accredited law school and must be a member of the Michigan State Bar in good standing. Click to get all the details. first emailed 10/18/23

Circuit Court Attorney at the Kent County Office of the Defender -  Attorney licensed to practice law in Michigan Courts. Must be active and in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan and meet the requirements of eligibility for high severity felony assignments as stated in MIDC proposed Standard 7. Click to get all the details. first emailed 10/18/23

Assistant Public Defender Chippawa County -  Chippewa County is seeking a full-time Assistant Public Defender who will, under the supervision of the Chief Public Defender, provide legal representation to indigent Chippewa County persons charged with a criminal offense in District Court, Circuit Court, and Friend of the Court collection matters. Click to get all the detailsfirst emailed 10/4/23

Assistant Public Defender Washtenaw County -  The Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender is hiring for an Assistant Public Defender. As an assistant trial lawyer to the appointed county public defender, under either general or direct supervision of managerial/supervisory staff, this developing, professional level - trial lawyer position serves as an integral part of a legal defense team. This position provides legal representation on behalf of all defendants, including juveniles, charged with criminal or civil violations who are assessed by the courts as being without sufficient resources to retain legal counsel.  Those wishing to be considered can apply on the Washtenaw County website: https://secure.ewashtenaw.org/hrjobs/AppJobPostingList.do first emailed 10/4/23

Staff Attorney, The Neighborhood Defender Service - Wayne County - The Staff Attorney demonstrates a commitment to serving marginalized persons and communities and an enthusiasm for holistic defense. The ideal Staff Attorney is an experienced attorney who demonstrates a commitment to serving marginalized persons and communities, preferably with experience in a public defender office, in a public interest organization, or in the indigent criminal defense context. As a member of the inaugural staff at the organization, the Staff Attorney will help shape our present and future—contributing to a collaborative environment and culture of excellence in alignment with our values. At NDS Detroit, how we represent our clients is as important as individual case outcomes and our ideal Staff Attorney approaches the cultivation of a positive office culture and the representation of indigent clients with equal rigor and commitment. Click to get all the details.

first emailed 9/20/23

Assistant Public Defender - St. Clair County - The St. Clair County Office of the Public Defender is seeking an attorney, including law school graduates who are currently studying for or have taken the bar exam. Our office provides indigent defense services for clients in St. Clair County. This is a criminal defense position, with some flexibility for remote work. Click to get all the details.

first emailed 9/13/23

Attorneys to Represent Indigent Defendant Arraignments in 61st District Court, Grand Rapids The City of Grand Rapids is Requesting Expressions of Interest from Attorneys to provide contractual Indigent Defense Service pursuant to Standard 4. The City of Grand Rapids intends to contract with up to twelve (12) attorneys to represent indigent defendants at their first court appearance. This is a limited scope representation for first appearance only.  Click to get all the details.
first emailed 8/16/23

Assigned Counsel in 61st District Court, Grand Rapids The City of Grand Rapids is Requesting Expressions of Interest from Attorneys to provide contractual Indigent Defense Service pursuant to Standard 4. The City of Grand Rapids intends to contract attorneys to represent indigent defendants determined eligible by the arraigning judge to obtain assigned counsel. Assigned Counsel shall provide legal services for indigent person(s) constitutionally and statutorily entitled to the appointment of counsel. Click to get all the details.
first emailed 8/16/23

Specialty Court Attorney in 61st District Court, Grand Rapids The City of Grand Rapids is Requesting Expressions of Interest from Attorneys to provide contractual Indigent Defense Service pursuant to Standard 4. The City of Grand Rapids intends to contract with six (6) attorneys to represent indigent defendants at their specialty court appearance. Click to get all the details.
first emailed 8/16/23

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