The Missouri State Public Defender System is accepting applications for an Assistant Public Defender in the Columbia Appellate Office. Attorney will represent indigent clients in all three Courts of Appeals and in the Missouri Supreme Court on direct appeals from misdemeanor and felony convictions, appeals from juvenile adjudications, appeals from the denial of postconviction relief, and occasionally petitions for extraordinary relief in those courts.

Qualifications: Must be a member of the Missouri Bar or eligible for bar licensure in Missouri.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary is $60,000. After one year, an APD is eligible for salary increase to $65,000. Eligible for full state benefits including health, life, and long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, CLE training, and payment of bar dues.

To Apply:  An Application for Employment must be submitted to be considered for opening. Applicants may also provide a resume, cover letter, and/or writing sample. Applications can be obtained at any Public Defender office, via website at or by calling (573) 777-9977. Applications MUST be received in Human Resources no later than Nov. 22, 2023.

Send completed applications by mail, fax, or email to:

Missouri State Public Defender

Attn: Human Resources

Woodrail Centre

1000 W. Nifong, Bldg. 7, Suite 100

Columbia, MO  65203

Fax: 573-777-9976



Missouri State Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.