Contract Public Defender – City of Olympia, WA

The City of Olympia is accepting applications for one Contract Public Defender position to represent indigent defendants in the Olympia Municipal Court. The Contract Public Defender position is a 180 case credit max position with primary focus on working as an attorney of the day in community court, appear on the out of custody arraignment calendar, and carry an adjusted caseload. Transition of Contract Public Defender from adjusted caseload to increased time in community court is possible.

Applicants must be a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association with a minimum of three years criminal defense experience. Experience handling public defense cases is preferred. Contract period will start in 2020 and run through December 31st, 2020, with a possible option to renew.

The flat rate monthly compensation is anticipated to be based on the following scale:
180 case credits/year=$3,885/month.

Public defender must be able to meet caseload standards and quarterly certification. Public defenders work closely with the Public Defense Coordinator. Caseload tracking and reporting to the city is required.

To Apply

  • Cover letter, resume, and 3 references.
  • Only online applications will be accepted.

This recruitment is open until filled. Application screening will be ongoing. The city reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a decision at any time. It will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.

Contact Information
For questions please call Diane Whaley, Public Defense Coordinator, at 360-753-8057


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