Vanderburgh County Public Defender Agency

Job Opening

The Vanderburgh County Public Defender Agency (Evansville, IN) is seeking full-time and part-time staff attorneys to handle Child in Need of Services (CHINS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases.

Represents parents in CHINS and TPR cases; performs legal research and writing; organizes and manages caseload in preparation of litigation; generates appropriate pleadings, motions, and discovery responses.

Juris Doctorate from accredited law school; licensed to practice law in Indiana; strong legal research, writing, and litigation skills; strong communication and advocacy skills; and demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply relevant statutes, case law, evidence rules, and trial procedure rules. *The selected attorneys must have completed the Indiana Public Defender Council CHINS/TPR training prior to beginning employment in January 2019. This training will be presented by video in Evansville, IN in December 2018.

Full-time benefits:

  • Salary = $52,383, which increases to $57,536 after 6 months
  • Immediate litigation and trial experience
  • Eligible for federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Paid continuing legal education

Part-time benefits:

  • Salary = $39,561
  • Expected caseload will be approximately 78 new cases per year
  • Attorney may have separate, private practice not in conflict with part-time position

The application deadline is Friday, November 16, 2018, and the selected applicant can expect to begin the first week of January 2019.

Interested applicants may email a resume and cover letter to Jon Schaefer at

Indiana Federal Defender's Job Openings

The Indiana Federal Community Defenders (IFCD) is now accepting applications for various positions for their newly formed 2255 Unit, responsible for representing federally death-sentenced clients in federal habeas corpus proceedings in the United States District and Circuit Courts throughout the country.  

Though they are accepting applications and hiring now, their unit will not open until October 1, 2018.  

They are accepting applications for the following positions:  (Please click on the position to download job descriptions and application instructions)