Assistant Public Defender

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Job Opening: Public Defender
Department: Public Defender
Posting Date: ongoing
Shift: Office hours 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, additional hours as necessary


The Delaware County Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to the individuals facing a loss of freedom in the criminal, delinquency and mental health systems in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The office employs over roughly 70 attorneys and staff to provide zealous advocacy for our clients. The office represents several thousand clients each year in the District Justice Courts, the Court of Common Pleas and the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania.

The Office of the Public Defender seeks to build a workplace where attorneys are representative of the populations we serve. We are committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive workplace.

Essential Duties

Under the general oversight of the Public Defender and First Assistant, an Assistant Defender is responsible for every aspect of litigation in the criminal, delinquency and mental health systems, including, but not limited to:

Direct personal consultation with defender clients from the of inception of the legal proceedings through their completion

The preparation of persuasive legal arguments to advocate for the client’s interest at each stage of the legal proceeding

Overseeing the discovery, collection and presentation of all facts that support clients’ interests at each stage of the legal proceedings

Engaging in holistic representation practices that attempt to assist the client in collateral matters that impact the direct legal representation of the client

Working within the organization to advocate for structural change that will benefit the interest of public defender clients

Perform related work, at the request of the Defender or First Assistant, when necessary


Excellent organizational, presentation, and communication skills

Demonstrated commitment to public service

A strong work ethic and ability to manage a demanding workload

Strong communication and relationship-building skills

Residence Requirement: The County of Delaware has a residency requirement for employees. Anyone applying for this job must reside in Delaware County or be willing to move to the County within six months of starting employment.


Please email resume and/or application to County of Delaware Personnel Department at

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About Delaware County

Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania.

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