Public Defender Corporation Job Openings

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​​This page collects current vacancies in the various Public Defender Corporations across the state. All materials must be submitted to the indicated contact point.​


13th Judicial Circuit (Charleston, Kanawha County)
  • Position: SWIFT Defense Social Worker
    • Program: Social Worker Intervention for Trauma-Informed Defense of Women Project
    • Timeframe: This position is a grant-funded position that starts immediately and lasts through September 30, 2021 (the period of the grant). Candidates must be willing to commit to the duration of the project.
    • Description: The Social Worker Intervention for Trauma-Informed Defense of Women project social worker (hereafter “SWIFT Defense social worker”) will serve five public defender corporations in Kanawha, Boone, Lincoln, Fayette, Raleigh, and Logan counties by receiving referrals of female criminal defendants, assessing the treatment needs of these defendants, and referring them to or arranging for appropriate treatment to address their underlying needs and root causes of criminal justice involvement. The SWIFT Defense social worker will be trained in trauma-informed legal practice, gender-responsive assessments, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and other assessments necessary to perform the duties of the position. For project operations, the SWIFT Defense social worker will operate out of the Kanawha County Public Defender Office (in Charleston). The SWIFT Defense social worker will be required to travel to and work collaboratively with public defenders across the six project counties and will receive referrals of criminally charged women with pending legal cases from the public defenders. The SWIFT Defense social worker will then arrange for appropriate community-based treatment based on assessments completed and client needs. Travel to regional jails and treatment programs across the region is also expected. Computer-based record keeping and project-specific data entry is a requirement of this position.
    • How to apply: Please review the duties and responsibilities, qualifications, education and expereince requirements, and core competencies here. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send cover letter and resume to the attentio​n of Tiwana Mack, Office Manager for the Kanawha County Office of the Public Defender. Resumes can be mailed to the mailing address, 816 Quarrier St., Charleston, 25301, or by email to tiwana.k.mack@wvdefender.com. Interviews will be scheduled via Zoom (virtually). 

8th Judicial Circuit (Welch, McDowell County)
  • Position: Assistant Public Defender
    • Description: Position available immediately in McDowell County for Assistant Public Defender to provide representation of indigent persons in abuse & neglect, felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, juvenile cases, mental hygiene, habeas corpus and appeals, and other trial proceedings. Must be a licensed member of the West Virginia State Bar.  Computer skills and ability to follow office policies/procedures are required.               
    • How to apply: Resume, cover letter, and WV State Bar Number should be mailed to Public Defender Corporation 8th Circuit, 8 Wyoming St., Suite 101, Welch, WV 24801 or by email to pdwelch8@gmail.com.

10th Judicial Circuit (Beckley, Raleigh County)
  • Position: Assistant Public Defender
    • Description: Position available immediately in Raleigh County for Assistant Public Defender to provide representation of indigent persons in abuse & neglect, felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, juvenile cases, mental hygiene, habeas corpus and appeals, and other trial proceedings. Must be a licensed member of the West Virginia State Bar.  Computer skills and ability to follow office policies/procedures are required.
    • How to apply: Resume, cover letter, and WV State Bar Number should be mailed to Public Defender Corporation 10th Circuit, Attn:  Office Manager, 220 N. Kanawha Street, Ste 2, Beckley WV 25801 or by email to sowens@raleighdefender.org and must be received by June 1, 2021.

18th Judicial Circuit (Kingwood, Preston County)
  • Position: Assistant Public Defender
    • Timeframe: Anticipated start date - February 1, 2021. Closing date: January 15, 2021.
    • Description: Provide representation of indigent persons in abuse & neglect, felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, juvenile cases, mental hygiene, habeas corpus and appeals, and other trial proceedings. Must be a licensed member of the West Virginia State Bar. Computer skills and ability to follow office policies/procedures are required.
    • How to apply: Send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and WV State Bar Number should be mailed to Public Defender Corporation 18th Circuit, Attn: Office Manager 202 Tunnelton Street, Suite 303, Kingwood, WV 26537. Must be received no later than January 15, 2021.​​​