The Office of the State Public Defender are hiring lawyers with experience in building social movements and/or public defense backgrounds


If you have a background in social movement lawyering and/or public defender work, this job is for you! We are looking to hire a diverse group of lawyers with different skill sets, such as administration of grants, building programs for recruitment and retention in rural areas, starting statewide movements for reform, training attorneys in public defender units, understanding the legislative process, and more! We are a team of lawyers dedicated to improving and strengthening public defense work throughout California. Job can be done from anywhere in California, as it is a telework assignment.


Applications are due June 7th! For questions about the application process, please contact


Office of the State Public Defender’s Indigent Defense Improvement Division Unit is currently recruiting for the following:

  • 3 Permanent Full-Time Attorney III (Capacity Building Attorney) and
  • 3 Permanent Full-Time Attorney III (Training Attorney) positions in our Oakland Law Office.


Note: full-time telework is permitted for this position, but the applicant must reside in California


The vacancies have been posted on the State CalCareers website, and you may view the postings at these links:

Attorney III, Office of the State Public Defender