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Jobs

Current Openings

Social Worker

The Alameda County Public Defender’s Office seeks social workers passionate about providing re-entry services and advocacy to felony clients. Candidates must be highly motivated and show a commitment to working specifically with public defender clients. The social workers are responsible for conducting interviews and needs assessments of primarily AB109 clients in order to develop written social history reports, assessments, and re-entry service plans to assist in their return to the community. Reports are provided to district attorneys and judges. Social workers may engage in verbal advocacy or testimony on behalf of clients. Social workers work closely with the attorneys of the public defender’s office and collaboratively with other agencies to ensure that appropriate services are provided to clients. This is a writing intensive position. Social workers also assist with special assignments, including developing social history reports for individuals facing long-term prison sentences for the purposes of future youthful offender parole hearings. Additionally, social workers are expected to work with clients currently in prison for 15 years or more who are eligible for Franklin Hearings. Franklin reports require travel to prisons in California. Social workers write reports for these clients, addressing youthful factors, which are reviewed by the California Parole Board during Youthful Offender Parole Hearings. A successful candidate is expected to develop strong collaborations with community-based agencies that provide services and have excellent writing skills. This is a provisional social worker position with a realignment specialty designation.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest (via email) to the Social Worker Hiring Committee, ACPDRecruitment@acgov.org, no later than Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

The Alameda County Public Defender's Office is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we deeply value the diversity of our staff. We are committed to building and supporting a culturally diverse workplace and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply. (Please also see Alameda County's statement about being an Equal Opportunity Employer)

Click here to view the Full Social Worker Job Announcement.


Clean Slate Legal Fellow

The Alameda County Public Defender's Office is seeking a Clean Slate Legal Fellow. Candidates should work well in a fast-paced, high-volume setting with an emphasis on direct client services, community outreach, and courtroom advocacy. This would be a one-year, contracted position with benefits. All applicants must be licensed and in good standing with the State Bar of California. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to acpdrecruitment@acgov.org, addressed to Sue Ra, recruitment coordinator.

The Alameda County Public Defender’s Office Clean Slate Program is a unique opportunity to work with criminal justice impacted reentry clients. We are one of the few public defender clean slate programs in the country offering assistance with both criminal records remedies and employment and licensure matters. Our attorneys are active locally and around the state educating practitioners, community members, and advocates about the actual impact and practice of clean slate law, in addition to counseling law makers about legislation. Our program typically hosts biweekly clinics in partnership with the East Bay Community Law Center. We also argue motions in multiple clean slate departments every week. Additionally, we attend community events and trainings to bring our program directly to the population we serve.

Click here to view the Clean Slate Legal Fellow Position Description.


Job Descriptions

Entry Level Attorney Positions

Appointments to all vacant Associate Deputy Public Defender positions are made by the Public Defender from a civil service hiring list prepared after an examination coordinated by the Alameda County Personnel Department. The Personnel Department receives applications during an open period of 26 days. Applications for Associate Deputy Public Defender are generally accepted once a year, from mid-November to mid-December following the summer bar exam results.
Associate Deputy Public Defender Job Description

All Associate Deputy Public Defenders initially work in a branch office where they are assigned cases of increasing difficulty. By the end of the third year most lawyers are assigned their first felony jury trial case load. After demonstrating proficiency in the trial of felony cases, Associate Deputy Public Defenders are promoted to the position of Deputy Public Defender. The Office provides ongoing in-house training for all attorneys; the Alameda County Public Defender is approved as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) by the State Bar of California.

Post-Bar Legal Assistant

Post-Bar Legal Assistants perform legal research and writing, conduct client intake interviews, litigate motions, conduct evidentiary hearings and assist attorneys in case preparation for trial or disposition. All legal assistants are compensated and must be certified under the Rules Governing the Practical Training of Law Students by the State Bar of California or admitted to the State Bar. Applications for post-bar legal assistants are accepted during On Campus Interviews and from July to December. All inquiries should be directed to: Alameda County Public Defender Recruitment Officer. Please include a cover letter, resume and writing sample.

Summer Law Clerk Positions

The Alameda County Public Defender’s Office offers law students the opportunity to gain the traditional experience in research and writing, as well as practical “hands on” experience of assisting Public Defenders in court. In general, law clerks perform legal research and writing, conduct client intake interviews, litigate motions, conduct evidentiary hearings and assist attorneys in case preparation for trial or disposition. All law clerk work is done under the supervision of a senior Public Defender attorney. Law students who are exploring a career in criminal defense work will find their experiences with the Alameda County Public Defender an invaluable step in their career development.

All law students seeking a position must have completed courses in Criminal Procedure and Evidence and must be eligible for certification under the Rules Governing the Practical Training of Law Students by the State Bar of California. Applications are accepted continuously, however the bulk are received during On Campus Interviews in the fall. All inquiries should be directed to: Alameda County Public Defender Recruitment Officer. Please include a cover letter, resume and writing sample.

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