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Entry-Level Trial Attorney

Opening Date: July 9, 2018          Closing Date: July 30, 2018

The Public Defender is an elected official who has a constitutional duty to provide legal representation to persons in jeopardy of losing their life or liberty who cannot afford to hire a private attorney. Our office employs nearly 200 lawyers plus investigators, mitigation specialists, secretaries, and paralegals to assist with the more than 70,000 cases we handle each year. We recruit locally and nationally with just one goal in mind: Putting together a diverse team of outstanding men and women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who are able to provide high quality representation to our clients.

Position Type: Full time, entry-level assistant public defender position

Job Description: Assistant Public Defenders are accountable for providing high quality representation to our clients. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing each case efficiently and diligently;
  • advising and counseling each client;
  • establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with each client;
  • effectively and efficiently using investigators, mitigation specialists and other support staff;
  • seeking assistance from experts appropriate to the case;
  • upholding professional and ethical standards;
  • exercising sound judgment; and,
  • assisting the Public Defender in carrying out his responsibilities.


  • licensed to practice law in the State of Florida;
  • up to two yearsí experience handling criminal cases;
  • participation in a law school trial advocacy course or litigation skills program;
  • participation in a law school clinic or externship in which applicant was authorized to provide direct representation in litigation to individuals or entities;
  • excellent verbal, computer, and communication skills;
  • demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • bilingual skills: English/Spanish and/or English/Creole helpful but not required;
  • willingness to interview clients in jails and in juvenile detention facilities; and,
  • valid Driverís License, proof of automobile insurance and reliable vehicle, as travel is required.

Salary and benefits: $45,000. Extensive entry-level training provided. Full range of state benefits including health insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

How to Apply: Complete an Application for Employment at http://www.pdmiami.com/attorney-app.pdf. Submit cover letter explaining your qualifications and reasons for seeking this position. The completed application, resume, cover letter and writing sample, all in PDF format, must be emailed to jobs@pdmiami.com

Due to the volume of applications, please do not call or make inquiries via email.

The initial process: After your application materials have been reviewed, you may be required to participate in a screening interview. Candidates who do not reside in Miami-Dade County may be interviewed initially via Skype or other electronic means.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority. Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

Veterans are encouraged to apply.

We are headed by Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez, an elected constitutional officer.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and only hires U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-citizen workers. The State of Florida does not tolerate violence in the workplace. If you require special accommodations to participate in the employment process, please notify us in advance at 305.545.1923.

To Apply for a Position

Download the appropriate application below. Submit completed and signed application in PDF format to jobs@pdmiami.com. Please do not mail or fax the application. Application will only be accepted in PDF format. Due to the high volume of applications, no telephone or email inquiries please. Equal Opportunity Employer/ADA. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Attorney Recruiting

The Miami-Dade Public Defenderís Office enjoys a national reputation for excellence, therefore the hiring process for Assistant Public Defenders (APDs) is very competitive. We attract high-quality graduates from law schools around the nation.

Our APDs graduated from law schools at American University; Baltimore University; Benjamin Cardozo Law; Boston College; Boston University; Brooklyn Law School; Capital University School of Law, Columbus, Ohio; Case Western Law School; Catholic University; Chicago-Kent Law School; City University of New York; Columbia University; DePaul University; Emory University; Florida International University; Florida State University; Florida Costal Law School; Fordham University; Franklin Pierce Law Center; Georgetown University; George Mason University; George Washington University; Golden Gate University; Hamline Law School; Harvard University; Hofstra University; Howard University; Indiana University; Loyola University; Marquette University; New England Law School; New York University; Northeastern University; Northwestern University; Nova Southeastern University; Pace University; Pepperdine University; Roger Williams University; Rutgers University; Southeastern University; St. Johns University; St. Thomas University; Stetson University; Suffolk University; Syracuse Law School; Temple University; Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Thomas Cooley University; Tulane University; University of Arizona; University of California-Berkeley; University of Bridgeport; University of Chicago; University of Connecticut; University of Florida; University of Georgia; University of Iowa; University of Miami; University of Minnesota; University of Pennsylvania; University of San Francisco; University of Southern California; University of Tulsa; University of Virginia; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin; Villanova University; Western New England College; Widener University and Yale University.

Emphasis on Training

To ensure truly effective and competent assistance of counsel, it is essential that we provide our attorneys with the tools and the resources that enable them to reach their full potential. We take great pride in the fact that we are able to offer our attorneys one of the finest training programs in the nation.

Our training begins with an intensive two-week schedule of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on and interactive training for new lawyers. Participants in our law-student intern program take part in a mandatory week-long Public Defender Orientation Program. The strength of our office training activities derives in part from the willingness of veteran attorneys to share their knowledge and experience with those new to the staff. Most of our more experienced APDís have been instructors in these training sessions.

Each new lawyer is also assigned to a Training Attorney. These are experienced and effective trial lawyers, who work one-on-one or directly with the new lawyers. This mentoring allows the new lawyer the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop trial skills at an advanced rate, while gaining the confidence that comes from knowing you have the full support of your colleagues.

Other learning opportunities include lectures and demonstrations that the Training Attorney regularly convenes, often with outside experts speaking on a number of subjects of interest for our lawyers. The office also regularly sends our lawyers to seminars and trial practice institutes around the country, such as those sponsored by the National Criminal Defense College.

The training program is supported by the Automation Training Unit, which instructs the new lawyers on how to use the computer system. The unit also develops training and reference materials to provide resources necessary for optimizing efficiency. The training is also enhanced by a vast array of computer research programs and software that provide our lawyers access to a wealth of information to assist them in getting the job done. However, despite the impressive formal training program, our most effective training tool is the informal give and take that the lawyers engage in daily as they discuss their cases and the law. They share a strong commitment to providing quality representation to our clients.

In short, while our lawyers handle their own caseloads with a good deal of autonomy, the objective is to provide the environment and learning experiences that make it possible for them to do so in a highly competent manner.

We are dedicated to the proposition that any human being facing the loss of liberty or life through criminal prosecution is entitled not merely to representation, but the most effective representation possible.

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Attorney Hiring

We frequently hire former CLIs. Because we conduct CLI hiring panels in early spring, law students who want to be considered for an attorney position are encouraged to successfully complete their Certified Legal Internship (CLI) with our office during the summer and fall semesters before their third year of law school. It is important for the assigned APD mentor to observe, assess and share their first-hand experience regarding the quality of the CLIís work before we select which CLIs will be interviewed by the hiring panel. If you want to be a CLI in our office, check out our internship information at  http://www.pdmiami.com/internshipsprobono.htm#Certified_Legal_Interns_

Law students who have not done a Certified Legal Internship with our office and Florida attorneys can also apply and will be screened by Teresa Enriquez or her designee. Those who successfully complete the intense interview session, consisting of hypotheticals and scenarios, will be offered the opportunity to participate in a hiring conference. The hiring panel consists of several assistant public defenders who interview and recommend the best candidates for the Public Defender to hire as members of our team.

Law students and attorneys seeking employment as APDs must submit a resume and writing sample with their application. For information on applying, click here.

Applicants for attorney positions must direct their submissions to Executive Chief Assistant Public Defender Teresa Enriquez.

For legal internships, click here. Students interested in participating in our legal internship or volunteer program can email their resume and statement of interest to Kevin Hellmann.

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Support Staff Hiring

If you are seeking employment as clerical staff, receptionist, legal assistant, paralegal, interviewer, investigator or disposition specialist, download the State of Florida application at www.pdmiami.com/support-app.pdf. Submit completed and signed application in PDF format to jobs@pdmiami.com. Please do not mail or fax the application. Application will only be accepted in PDF format. Due to the high volume of applications, no telephone or email inquiries please. Equal Opportunity Employer/ADA. Eligible veterans will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply.

Prospective candidates who successfully complete a preliminary screening interview may be offered an opportunity to return for a panel interview. The panel will recommend the best candidate for the position. The office verifies candidateís references and conducts a background check with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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