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The Office of the Public Defender in Burlington, Vermont has an immediate opening for a part-time or full-time public defender with a criminal law focus.

The successful candidate must be a current member in good standing of the Vermont bar with 1-4 years of relevant legal experience.

This is a limited service position, which means the position is one-year only but provides full State benefits during that time period.

Please email a cover letter, resume and references as soon as possible to Mary Deaett, HR & Program Manager,


Investigator needed for busy county public defense office in Brattleboro, Vermont. Provides investigations and technical services in all areas related to indigent clients. Duties are performed with a high degree of independence, but require excellent teamwork with attorneys and other staff members. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Public Defender and is reviewed by the Defender General or his/her designee. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and analyzing cases to help develop defense plans.
  • Putting together release plans for clients with new cases, who are being held in jail on high cash bail, or who are being held without bail, and who need residences and/or responsible adults who will be approved by the court for them to be released.
  • Extensive legwork locating and interviewing clients and witnesses.
  • Reviewing and organizing discovery, which, in felony cases, can be voluminous.
  • Helping to find alternative placements for incarcerated clients, limiting incarceration, and when they are struggling with addiction, helping to assist them in treatment, whether residential or outpatient.
  • Assisting with preparation of and providing support during evidentiary hearings, trials, & sentencing hearings: including locating and subpoenaing witnesses; helping to get them to court; managing clients and witnesses during hearings; presenting evidence and providing tech support during hearings.

Minimum Compensation:  PG22 - $22.86/hour - EXEMPT/UNION position

Minimum Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree plus four years of professional investigation work, or experience as required by the Defender General. Additional relevant work experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a six month per semester basis.

Please email a cover letter, resume and references by Friday, November 19th to Mary Deaett, HR & Program Manager,


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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