I have been working at Orange/Osceola County Office of the Public Defender full-time (More than 5 years)
Unlimited jury trial experience. Almost complete control over your cases. Management is active, but not overbearing. Your fellow employees are hard-working and personable (for the most part). There is a collegiate environment centered around defending people's constitutionally protected rights. The office encourages training and often pays for the courses. The caseloads in this circuit are quite low because of the way the office is structured.
You are working for people during one of the most trying times of their life. So, you will not always receive gratitude for doing your job. In fact, you will routinely be considered less than competent because you chose to devote your career to public service and not a higher paying job. It is easy to become emotionally fatigued. Since we have more attorneys and less support staff, you will be doing a lot of paperwork yourself.
I applied online. I interviewed at Orange/Osceola County Office of the Public Defender (Fullerton, CA) in December 2014.
I was interviewed by one of the Investigative Assistants. He briefly described the nature and tasks of the position and the requirements. Also, this position will require a live scan.
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