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The Office of the Public Defender in Rutland, Vermont has an opening for a full-time public defender. The office employs four other attorneys, an investigator and two secretaries.

The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar or be eligible to obtain admission by waiver by the start date. Applicants must have 1-5 years of relevant legal experience, or have a background in criminal law studies and student practice, and must be able to work independently and as part of a legal team that handles a very demanding caseload.

This is an exempt, full-time position with State benefits. Starting salary: $52,312 to $67,808 based upon qualifications and experience. The position will remain open until filled.  EOE.

Please email a cover letter and resume by Sunday, October 28th to Mary Deaett, HR & Program Manager at



The Office of the Appellate Defender has an opening for a full-time administrative secretary. The secretary acts with authority on appellate case management and other specifically delegated functions. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Supervising Appellate Defender and is reviewed by the Defender General or his/her designee. Acts as a representative of the Office of the Appellate Defender in daily operations, maintaining contact with clients, professional persons, and other governmental officials. Finalizes Appellate briefs, files briefs and related documents with the Vermont Supreme Court (VSC) and provides copies to clients. Tracks all due dates and makes sure transcripts are ordered on time. Keeps records of all transcripts received. Obtains files from the VSC for appellate cases and makes copies as needed. Opens new case files, enters information in a central database, and sends letters to new clients and Superior Courts. Files motions with the VSC and processes all entry orders. Assists with the screening and sorting of mail and telephone calls and routing them to proper persons. Plans, installs, reviews, refines and maintains office systems and practices. Assists with public defense trainings. Performs related work as required.

Successful applicants must possess the following: attention to detail, excellent command of English grammar and proofreading skills, ability to maintain confidentiality, strong computer skills, be comfortable interacting by phone with a sometimes-challenging clientele, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to learn quickly, ability to multi-task, ability to prioritize workload, ability to work both independently and as part of a dedicated team, ability to handle difficult case information, and a positive attitude. NOTE:  Experience as a secretary in a legal environment is highly desired.

Minimum pay:  $16.66/hour with full State benefits. Exempt PG17 position covered by the bargaining agreement between the ODG and the VSEA.  EOE.

Please email a cover letter and resume by Sunday, September 30th to Mary Deaett, HR & Program Manager at


NOTE:  If you are interested in an unpaid law student or attorney clerkship, please contact Appellate Defender Josh O’Hara.


Contact Information

Office of the Defender General
6 Baldwin Street, 4th Floor
Montpelier, VT  05633-3301
(802) 828-3168
(802) 828-3163 (fax)

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