The Office of
Defense Services


The Office of Defense Services (ODS) offers career opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, investigators, social workers and information technology professionals. ODS fills jobs as they become vacant. For information about the ODS’ law clerk program and internships, please click on the links at the bottom of this section.

If you are interested in working at the ODS, please email a cover letter and resume to Donna Thomas at You may also FAX your cover letter and resume to Ms. Thomas at (302) 577-3995. ODS will send an electronic confirmation after your resume is received. ODS will keep your resume on file for 36 months. As positions become available, ODS will review your resume to see if you meet the requirements for the vacant position(s).

Internships | Law Clerk Programs



The Office of Defense Services is seeking two Masters Level clinicians for Psycho-Forensic Evaluators (PFE) with the Office of Conflicts Counsel and the Office of the Public Defender located in New Castle County.  The PFE provides assessment, mitigation and defense team support to criminally involved clients.  In particular, the PFEs provide the following services:

  • Biopsychosocial assessment and mitigation development;
  • Treatment service referrals; case resolution support services;
  • Community based referrals to mental health treatment, employment, education, and housing services;
  • Collaboration with involved systems such as mental health and substance abuse, education,  Department of Correction, Department of Services for Children Youth and their Families, etc.

The PFE will work closely with the client’s attorney to help provide the best possible outcome and case resolution.

The candidates must be highly motivated and organized and possess strong writing, assessment and clinical skills. Background in social work or mental health treatment and experience with working with juveniles and the juvenile justice system preferred.  Duties include interviewing clients, family members, treatment providers, gathering and reviewing records; brokering with community based treatment providers; assisting with reentry efforts; drafting mitigation reports and treatment plans for case resolution; and referring clients to the various mental health programs, statewide.

The position is a full time state position with benefits.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and writing sample, such as a biopsychosocial assessment, via email to Kerry Ferriter (

Application deadline is April 15th, 2018.

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