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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 Janice Ruebeck at pdo.employment@delaware.gov. You may also FAX your cover letter and resume to Ms. Ruebeck 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

Open Postions

Full-Time Assistant Public Defender for the Superior Court in Sussex County

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a motivated and enthusiastic attorney to join our Georgetown office in a full-time capacity defending clients in Superior Court in Sussex County. To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include a felony caseload in Superior Court and will also encompass defending clients at violation of probation hearings, specialty courts proceedings, and other court calendars as needed.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field and litigation experience are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience. These positions are full time with state benefits.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, Up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

The Office of Defense Services is 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.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to Denise Matz at Denise.Matz@delaware.gov.

Application end date: Until filled

Contract Attorney New Castle County Family Court

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a motivated and enthusiastic attorney to join our Wilmington office in a contract capacity defending clients in Family Court in New Castle County. To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include an adult misdemeanor caseload in Family Court and will also encompass representing clients in violation of probation hearings, specialty courts, and other court calendars as needed.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field and litigation experience are also encouraged to apply. The position is a contract position without state benefits.  The annual contract amount is set at $70,000.00.  Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to Kathryn.Lunger@delaware.gov.

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.

Application end date: Until filled

Full-Time Assistant Public Defenders in the Superior Court in New Castle County

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks motivated and enthusiastic attorneys to join our Wilmington office in a full-time capacity defending clients in the Superior Court of New Castle County. To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include a felony trial caseload in the Superior Court and will also encompass defending clients at violation of probation hearings, specialty court proceedings, and other court calendars as needed.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field and litigation experience are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience. These positions are full time with state benefits.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, Up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

The Office of Defense Services is 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.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice. 
More information can be found here.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to Kevin O’Connell at Kevin.Oconnell@delaware.gov and Ross Flockerzie at Ross.Flockerzie@delaware.gov.

Application end date: Until filled

Full-Time Assistant Public Defender in the Court of Common Pleas in New Castle County

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a motivated and enthusiastic attorney to join our Wilmington office in a full-time capacity defending clients in the Court of Common Pleas Court in New Castle County. To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include a misdemeanor trial caseload in the Court of Common Pleas and will also encompass defending clients at violation of probation hearings, specialty court proceedings, and other court calendars as needed.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field and litigation experience are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience. These positions are full-time with state benefits.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, Up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

The Office of Defense Services is 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.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled

Sentencing Advocate – Contract

The Office of Defense Service’s Public Defender Unit is seeking a highly motivated, organized, Masters Level human service professional for a contract Sentencing Advocate position in the Kent County Forensic Social Services (FSS) Unit.

Essential Functions

The Sentencing Advocate will provide assessment, mitigation and treatment service referrals to Public Defender clients. The Sentencing Advocate 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 as part of the Public Defender defense team. 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 Sentencing Advocate will also provide support services, which can include referrals to mental health treatment, employment, and housing services.

Qualifications

The candidate must possess a Master’s Degree in a human service field with strong writing, assessment and clinical skills. This is a contract position without state benefits.  The annual contract amount is set at $51,500.

The Office of Defense Services is 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.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and writing sample, such as a biopsychosocial assessment via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled


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