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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 Public Defender’s Office is seeking a highly motivated, organized, Masters Level clinician for a contract position in the Kent County Forensic Specialist Unit.

The contract Forensic Social Specialist (FSS) will provide assessment, mitigation and treatment service referrals to Public Defender clients.  The FSS will provide mitigation and support services to assist the attorneys in gathering background information, conducting evaluations, providing mitigation and implementing treatment and alternative sentencing plans.   The FSS will also provide support services, which can include referrals to mental health treatment, employment, and housing services.

The candidate must possess a Master’s Degree in a clinical field with strong writing, assessment and clinical skills.  Duties include interviewing clients, family members, treatment providers and DOC personnel; gathering and reviewing records; coordinating with community based treatment providers and the criminal justice system; assisting with reentry efforts; writing mitigation reports and treatment plans for case resolution; and collaborating with attorneys as members of the defense team.

The position is a full time, contract position without benefits.  The salary is set at $50,000.00.  Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and writing sample, such as a biopsychosocial assessment, via email to Kerry Ferriter ( or via fax to 302-577-1224 Attention Kerry Ferriter. The application deadline is November 15, 2020.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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