Assistant Public Defender - Youth Defense

Ohio Public Defender

You will provide assistance to children in Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) on conditions of confinement matters, which includes responding to requests for assistance, reviewing fact investigations, determining whether the child's conditions of confinement claim has merit, and referring the child to a private attorney for direct representation of their claim. If no private attorney accepts the case within a reasonable time, you will prepare pro se pleadings, including a complaint, a motion for appointment of counsel, and other applicable pleadings. You will also advocate for children during discipline and release reviews to the ODYS Release Authority, which impacts the child's length of stay and release date. You will be most successful in the position if you are organized, solutions oriented, adept at effective documentation and communication, and empathetic. This position is a hybrid position, which allows the employee to work from home, with in-office minimums weekly. However, frequent travel to juvenile correctional facilities is required.

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