Represent indigent juveniles in delinquency proceedings in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Represent indigent parents in the abuse, neglect and dependency cases in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Serve as co-counsel to juveniles who are bound over to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas – General Division
Assist attorneys in the appellate division who are litigating appeals arising out of juvenile court or juvenile related issues
Respond to requests for legal assistance from individuals with criminal issues who contact the Public Defender’s Office.
Participate in community events and meetings related to the work of the Cuyahoga County Public Defender.
Perform all other duties assigned, delegated or required of the assistant public defenders


Significant legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills and experience
A demonstrated capacity to work creatively and collaboratively on legal issues confronting our indigent clients
A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients who are children and adolescents
A commitment to the representation of indigent individuals and an understanding of how systemic societal issues affect families
An ability to engage knowledgeably and compassionately with clients who are experiencing mental health concerns, substance abuse, and trauma
Availability for all times court is open and be available to meet and work outside the normal working hours if necessary
Commitment to social justice and defending the rights of indigent individuals charged and convicted of crimes
Demonstrated understanding of the issues of race, poverty, mental health, and substance abuse as they relate to the criminal justice system
Experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities

Candidates who are sitting for the February 2024 Ohio Bar Examination are encouraged to apply for consideration contingent upon bar passage results.

Proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination required for employment.


All applications must be submitted by March 8, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. and must include the following:

·       A cover letter

·       A resume

·       Three references

·       Two writing samples that reflects your legal research and writing ability as well as your capacity for persuasive writing

These materials should be addressed to the Chief Public Defender Cullen Sweeney and sent by email or mail at:

Cuyahoga County Public Defender

Courthouse Square

c/o Maria Pollman

310 W. Lakeside – Suite 400

Cleveland, Ohio 44113

If sending via email, please direct to:

Reasonable accommodation is available to all employees and applicants. If you have a disability that needs to be accommodated, please contact the Department of Human Resources/ADA Coordinator at (216) 443-7190.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Smoke-free and Drug-free workplace.

All job offers are made with the understanding that prospective employees pass a drug test and a criminal background investigation prior to being hired.