Reporting to the Lead Advocate, the Defender Support Unit Advocate works collaboratively with managed assigned counsel to achieve improved social and legal outcomes for adults who have been charged with felonies in Wayne County.

The Advocate will carry out the goals of the Defender Support Unit by reviewing requests for services, consulting with appointed counsel on cases, providing direct services to both in- and out-of-custody clients, conducting assessments, making referrals to available community resources, developing re-entry and treatment plans, and writing comprehensive mitigation reports to advocate for reduced sentences and/or alternatives to incarceration.

Educational Requirements
  • Master's degree in social work or closely related field
Experience Requirements
  • At least 2 years of experience working with adults impacted by the criminal/legal system or a similar population.
  • Full or limited clinical social work licensure in the State of Michigan.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Specialized training as a sentencing advocate or mitigation specialist.
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Arabic).