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Defense Attorneys

Open to members in good standing with the California Bar Association. Attorneys are responsible for handling a demanding caseload through all phases of litigation while coordinating the efforts of their support team including Investigators, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, and Experts. Professional development by attending trainings both within and outside the office expected. Attorneys may forward a copy of their professional resume and cover letter at anytime to Executive Assistant Marsha Koop (mkoop@fresnocountyca.gov).

Internship Opportunities

Internships are designed to give students not just an understanding of the criminal justice system, but hands-on experience with representing clients. Interns are assigned to work with a staff attorney, writing motions, meeting clients, attending case conferences, reviewing investigation results, and attending consultations with experts. Students certified to practice law may also be given the opportunity to argue motions on behalf of clients in court. Internships are offered throughout the year. Opportunities are also available for interested Paralegal and Investigator interns. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between the Public Defender’s Office and the intern’s college or university.

For internship opportunities, you may forward your resume to Chief Defense Attorney Kristin Maxwell (krmaxwell@fresnocountyca.gov).

Defense Investigators

Investigators independently examine the facts and witnesses in a case. Duties include locating and interviewing witnesses, examination of evidence, preservation and re-creation of crime scenes, and the serving of subpoenas. Investigators confer with the defense team on the preparation and defense of criminal cases, testifying in court as necessary. Open positions are posted on the Human Resources webpage.


Paralegals play an important role in the legal team and work closely with defense attorneys to advocate for our indigent defense clients.  Duties include interviewing witnesses, experts, and clients, researching legal issues, summarizing police reports and other evidence, preparing various legal documents for the defense of the case, and courtroom support.  A Paralegal I receives training, close supervision and direction in the completion of assignments, while a Paralegal II exercises greater independence, latitude of judgement, and more complicated assignments.  Open positions are posted on the Human Resources webpage.   

Support Staff

Non-attorneys interested in employment with the Fresno County Public Defender should contact Human Resources.