The Office is seeking to hire attorneys with at least three to five years of practice experience to fill the position of Assistant Public Defender. Candidates must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee or licensed to practice law in another state AND capable of becoming licensed in the State of Tennessee within six months. Typical responsibilities include representing clients in General Sessions Court, Criminal Court, and Juvenile Court and working collaboratively with other defense team members, including investigators, social workers, and legal assistants.

The Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office represents adults accused of crimes in Davidson County, Tennessee, who cannot afford to hire a lawyer, and children in Davidson County charged with being delinquent and unable to hire a lawyer.  Cases range from the simplest misdemeanor to complex capital murder cases.  

Our mission is to defend the liberty, honor and constitutional rights of the individuals, of all ages, whose cases have been entrusted to us. Through zealous advocacy, we strive not only to deliver excellence in our representation of each and every client, but also to stand with our clients and the community in working to create a more just, fair and compassionate legal system. The guiding principle of the Office is that each client is entitled to quality representation that recognizes the client’s dignity and achieves the best possible outcome for the case.  Our attorneys, investigators, social workers, and support staff take great pride in providing a high level of service.

Doctor of Jurisprudence Three or more years of professional legal experience