US Government, Office of Public Defense
We are an independent judicial branch agency mandated to implement the constitutional and statutory guarantees of counsel and to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of indigent defense services funded by the state.
Mission: Upholding the rights of all people who are facing the loss of liberty or family by providing statewide leadership, administration, and support to the multidisciplinary public defense profession.
Vision: Public defense clients, everywhere in the state, receive truly equitable and client-centered representation from fully supported professionals.
Values: Justice * Service * Equity * Excellence
We administer a variety of programs, including systemic improvement programs and programs providing direct representation. To learn about OPD’s programs click here. We are dedicated to excellence in public law and indigent defense, and we seek talented candidates who share this commitment to client-centered service. We value employees who bring diverse backgrounds in education, employment, community activities, and life experiences to enhance our office.
The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Forensic Commitment Program provides state funded attorney representation to indigent clients with a right to counsel at State expense after being committed pursuant to a finding of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, under Ch. 10.77 RCW.
OPD seeks to fill 20 contract attorney positions. A contact attorney is expected to represent clients seeking conditional or unconditional release under RCW 10.77. Attorneys may also represent individuals facing revocation of a client’s conditional release. A full-time attorney will carry a caseload of approximately 15 clients.
Annual compensation for a full-time caseload is $187,392.00. Based on a vendor rate increase funded by the legislature, the compensation will be increasing, but the final rates are not yet available. Part-time contracts are pro-rated based on the percentage of a full-time caseload. Contractors are responsible for all overhead such as support staff, rent, and other costs of doing business. If interested, follow the application procedures below.