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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteer Internship Opportunities
Volunteer Legal Internships are offered throughout the year. Legal interns are assigned to work with staff attorneys. The internships are designed to give students significant exposure to our criminal justice system. They receive comprehensive training on representing indigent clients. The duties include: reviewing and summarizing discovery, attending case conferences, writing legal motions, and more. Law students certified to practice law may make court appearances, and even argue motions on behalf of clients.
Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between our office and the college/law school.
For Legal Internships, please email your cover letter and resume to Chief Defense Attorney David Munoz (email@example.com).
Other volunteer internship opportunities are available.
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.
Non-attorneys interested in employment with the Fresno County Public Defender should contact Human Resources.