Career Opportunities


Interested parties should submit a resume and writing sample to:
Recruiter
Department Of Public Advocacy
100 Fair Oaks Lane, Suite 302
Frankfort, Ky 40601
(502) 564-8006 (Phone)
(502) 564-7890 (Fax)
Applicants will be required to complete and submit a standard state application form.
Note:  All DPA positions are filled according to Kentucky Personnel Cabinet policies.  Please contact the DPA recruiter for further position information and current hiring status.


 Boyd County
 Ashland, Kentucky

Juvenile Specialist Staff Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy  is currently accepting applications for the position of Juvenile Specialist Staff Attorney to be housed in Boyd County. The staff attorney will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to juvenile clients.

Successful applicants for this position must be licensed to practic law.  Experience working with juveniles or demonstratable interest in juvenile law preferred.  This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388 a year, depending on experience, with full state benefits.


DPA Bowling Green Field Office
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Legal Secretary - Part-Time

The Department is currently accepting applications for the position of a part-time Legal Secretary for the Bowling Green Field Office. The legal secretary will work in the Bowling Green Field Office assisting staff and attorneys in providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, felony offenses, or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Minimum qualifications for the legal secretary position is a high school education or equivalent and a minimum of four (4) years of secretarial experience. Salary to be negotiated depending on experience.


DPA Columbia Field Office
Columbia, Kentucky

Staff Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the position of Staff Attorney in the Columbia Field Office. The staff attorney will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Successful applicants for this position must be licensed to practice law. Experience preferred. This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388, depending on experience, with full state benefits


 DPA Frankfort Office
Frankfort, Kentucky

Investigator

The Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Investigator for the Capital Trial Branch in Frankfort. The investigator will assist criminal defense attorneys in preparing cases for trial in the Department's Capital Trial Branch to indigent clients.

Applicants should have some criminal law, investigatory, or related background. This is a merit position of Investigator Senior with a salary range beginning at approximately $19,000 per year, depending on experience, with full state benefits.
 

Recruiter

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently seeking applications for the position of Recruiter.  The Recruiter will recruit new attorneys for DPA including all of the statewide field offices.  This includes tracking open positions across the state, working closely with division directors, regional managers, directing attorneys, and branch managers to ensure their needs are met.  The Recruiter will also conduct intake interviews and route potential candidates to the offices where they will be interviewed by the directing attorney or the division director.  The Recruiter will serve as applicants'/new hires' liaison with DPA and other state agencies during the recruitment/appointment process.  The Recruiter will be responsible for developing and conducting informational presentations at the area law schools to explain DPA's duties and to garner interest in becoming a public defender.  In addition, the Recruiter will conduct on-campus interview sessions in the fall and spring semesters.  Further, the Recruiter will be responsible for maintaining a database of prospective candidates and communicate with those candidates in a timely manner.  The Recruiter will also perform other duties within Law Operations to meet, and in keeping with, the Division's mission.  Employment law and computer skills desirable.

Salary:                            Commensurate with abilities
Reports to:                     Assistant Director, Law Operations Division
Submit Resumes to:     Al Adams, Personnel Administrator
Application Deadline:    Open Until Filled
Workstation:                   Frankfort, KY
Travel:                            Statewide and National
 

Staff Attorney
Capital Trial Branch

The Department's Capital Trial Branch is seeking a Death Penalty Litigator to assist in the provision of direct litigation services in capital trials and potential capital cases in the Commonwealth.

Successful candidate will possess a minimum of four years of significant criminal trial practice with major litigation, preferably capital trial experience.  This position has salary beginning at $36,984, depending on experience.  All applicants must submit a resume', a written or videotaped example of a major litigation effort, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

Secretaries
Appellate Branch

The Department is currently accepting applications for the positions of two (2)  Secretaries for the appellate branch attorneys in the central office. The secretarys will work in the Frankfort Office assisting attorneys in all aspects of the appellate process in providing effective representation for clients on appeal

Minimum qualifications for the secretary position are a high school education or equivalent.  Secretarial experience preferred.  This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $17,124.00 per year, depending on experience, with full state benefits.


DPA Hazard Field Office
Hazard, Kentucky

Staff Attorneys

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications to fill two vacancies for the position of  Staff Attorneys in the Hazard Field Office. The staff attorneys will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Successful applicants for this position must be licensed to practice law. Experience preferred. This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388 - $31,344, depending on experience, with full state benefits.


DPA Maysville Field Office
 Maysville, Kentucky
New Office Opening March 2000

Directing Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications for a Directing Attorney for the Maysville Field Office which is to open January 2000.  The directing attorney will direct the office, supervise employees, train inexperienced attorneys, and work with local privat attorneys to provide conflict counsel.  Further, the directing attorney will maintain a caseload handled by the Maysville Field Office.  The directing attorney will work with other directing attorneys, the regional manager, and the Trial Services Division Director to provide effective trial level representation to indigent clients and to promote the efficient functioning of the entire Department of Public Advocacy.

Successful applicants for this position must be licensed to practice law with a minimum of four (4) years experience, preferably in criminal law.  This is a merit position with a salary beginning at $36,984, depending on experience, with full state benefits.
 

Staff Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the position of Staff Attorney in the Maysville Field Office. The staff attorney will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Successful applicants for this position must be licensed to practice law. Experience preferred. This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388, depending on experience, with full state benefits
 

Legal Secretary

The Department is currently accepting applications for the position of a full-time Legal Secretary for the Maysville Field Office. The legal secretary will work in the Maysville Field Office assisting staff and attorneys in providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, felony offenses, or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Minimum qualifications for the legal secretary position is a high school education or equivalent and a minimum of four (4) years of secretarial experience. This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $17,124 per year, depending on experience, with full state benefits.


DPA Pikeville Field Office
 Pikeville, Kentucky

Staff Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the position of  Staff Attorney in the Pikeville Field Office. The staff attorney will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Successful applicants for these positions must be licensed to practice law. Experience preferred. This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388, depending on experience, with full state benefits


DPA Bell County Office
 Pineville, Kentucky
Staff Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications for the position of Staff Attorney for the Pineville Field Office.  The staff attorney will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Successful applicants for this position must be licensed to practice law.  Experience preferred.  This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388, depending on experience, with full state benefits.


DPA Stanford Field Office
 Stanford, Kentucky

Staff Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the positions of Staff Attorney in the Stanford Field Office. The staff attorney will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Successful applicants for these positions must be licensed to practice law. Experience preferred. This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388, depending on experience, with full state benefits


DPA Stanton Field Office
Stanton, Kentucky
Staff Attorney

The Department of Public Advocacy is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the positions of Staff Attorney in the Stanton Field Office. The staff attorney will be responsible for providing effective trial level representation in both district and circuit court to indigent clients charged with juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses or any other offenses which carry the possibility of incarceration.

Successful applicants for these positions must be licensed to practice law. Experience preferred. This is a merit position with a salary range beginning at $23,388, depending on experience, with full state benefits


Note:  All DPA positions are filled according to Kentucky Personnel Cabinet policies.  Please contact the DPA recruiter for further position information and current hiring status.


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