Assistant Public Defender

Job Title:
Assistant Public Defender
County Name:
Dauphin County
Please Apply at:

Dauphin County Public Defender's Office is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Assistant Public Defender. The individual in this position provides competent legal representation to a wide variety of criminal defendants. He/she investigates assigned cases, interviews and subpoenas witnesses and conducts research in preparation for pre-trial hearings and trials; counsels clients; prepares and files motions, briefs, and other legal documents; visits mental hospitals, jails and state correctional facilities if client is detained; represents client at pre-trial hearings/conferences, other proceedings, arraignments, jury and non-jury trials, sentencing and post-conviction hearings; prepares post-trial motions, briefs and arguments for appeals to Commonwealth, Superior, and Supreme Courts; conducts legal research in preparation of cases and trials; negotiates plea-bargains with District Attorney for clients; utilizes dictaphone in drafting of letters and other legal correspondence and reports; and interacts with other internal departments, police and external agencies and general public.
Juris Doctorate degree, licensed and admitted to Pennsylvania Bar or has taken Pennsylvania bar examination. 

Work experience is not required but public defender internship or similar experience is preferred.
Attends staffing and training sessions. Travels as necessary for trial preparations and to counsel with clients as necessary. Performs other job related duties as required.
An excellent Dauphin County (County) paid benefit package is available to all full-time employees the month following 60 days of employment. The County pays 100% of the premium for the following:
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Term Life Insurance
Premium shared between employee & the County:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Prescription Insurance
The following benefits begin immediately:
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Nine Paid Holidays Per Year
  • Pension Plan
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
Posting Date:
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Expiration Date:
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Contact Name:
Jason Robert Norris
Contact Link:
Jason Robert Norris
2 South 2nd Street, 5th Floor