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• OPD participates in Equal Justice Works Job Fair in Washington DC
• Special thanks to Deputy Public Defender Joe Russo
• OPR conducts all day training program for trial and appellate attorneys
• New Essential Skills Training for Juvenile Attorneys to begin October 1
• OPD to introduce new format for Essential Skills Training Program
• Appellate Section has extremely successful summer
• Gov. Christie signs bail reform legislation
• Supreme Court upholds reversal of conviction in the rap lyrics case
• Bail reform legislation passes the Senate and the Assembly

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Message from Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender
Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender

The New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender is committed to providing first class legal representation to citizens who cannot afford attorneys at both the trial and appellate levels. While the majority of our attorneys defend individuals charged with criminal offenses, we also represent individuals whose children have been removed based on allegations of abuse and neglect (Office of Parental Representation), the children who have been removed (Office of Law Guardian), and individuals involuntarily committed to State psychiatric facilities (Office of Mental Health Advocacy). My goal as the Public Defender is to establish the best Public Defender’s Office in the country. We are looking for attorneys with the skills and dedication needed to achieve that goal along with investigators and clerical staff willing and able to provide the support without which the attorneys cannot perform at the highest level. We are also determined to provide excellent training opportunities to allow for the professional development of our employees. Finally, we are trying to provide our staff with the resources and technological tools needed to maintain the highest level of representation. If you have any questions about the New Jersey State Office of the Public Defender, you can contact us at thedefenders@opd.state.nj.us or (609) 292-7087.

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Internships are available during the summer, fall semester, winter break, and spring semester. The New Jersey Office of the Public Defender is interested in law student interns, investigator interns, and secretarial interns.

 
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