Public Defender – Assistant Public Defender, Appellate Attorney

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Job Opening: Assistant Public Defender, Appellate Attorney
Department: Public Defender
Posting Date: March 22, 2021
\ 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 will:

Primarily represent indigent defendants in direct criminal appeals

Provide direct personal consultation with defender clients with respect to their appeals and preparing briefs and presenting oral argument in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Superior Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Serve as a resource to trial attorneys and should be prepared to appear in trial court to argue post-trial or other trial-related motions

Develop and maintain expertise in multiple areas of law

Work 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


Graduated from an accredited law school and be members in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar, or be able to waive-in based on good-standing membership in another state’s bar

Demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense and/or public interest law

Superior oral and written communication skills

Excellent research skills

A strong work ethic and ability to manage a demanding workload

Desire to work in a collaborative environment committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in criminal law (state or federal) or appeals, and those with clerkship experience

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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