The Missouri State Public Defender System is accepting applications for a District Defender in the Jefferson City Office. This eleven-attorney office handles cases in Cole, Miller, and Moniteau counties. In addition to caseload responsibilities, as the managing attorney for the office, the District Defender is responsible for case assignments, monitoring of employee performance, hiring and development and implementation of office policies.

Qualifications: Must be a member of the Missouri Bar and have criminal law experience. Management experience preferred.

Salary/Benefits: 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. Salary is $8,740/month.

To Apply:  An Application for Employment must be completed 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, ext. 202. Applications MUST be received in Human Resources no later than Nov. 15, 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.