Employment Opportunities & Internships

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Employment Opportunities

All employment opportunities with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office are listed on Yolo County's website. You can access the list here. Click on the link and set up a free account to receive email alerts regarding new job postings.

Individuals interested in a position with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office are welcome to submit resumes and cover letters to Ron Johnson, ronald.johnson@yolocounty.org. Please note that you will not necessarily be affirmatively contacted when your resume and/or cover letter is received. In addition, you will not be contacted when a position becomes available. Instead, you will be required to apply for the position through the county.

 

Internships:

Opportunities for Attorneys

Attorneys who are licensed to practice law in the state of California may apply for volunteer attorney positions. Although these positions are unpaid, volunteer attorneys will be given the opportunity to litigate cases which will provide them with a significant advantage in a competitive job market.

Volunteer attorneys will meet with clients, author and argue motions, represent clients in court, handle court calendars, and represent clients at all stages of proceedings including arraignment, preliminary hearings, and trials.

If you are licensed to practice law and are interested in a volunteer attorney position please send your resume and cover letter to Supervisor, Ron Johnson, at ronald.johnson@yolocounty.org.

Volunteers may also apply to work in the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.  Volunteers will work directly with rehabilitated offenders to petition the court for post-conviction relief to clear up criminal records, thereby removing barriers to economic stability and a return to crime.
 

Opportunities for Law Students

Each year the Yolo County Public Defender's Office selects approximately fifteen to twenty law students who participate in volunteer internships. Typically, law students will be selected to volunteer at the Yolo County Public Defender's Office through an interview process during on campus interviews.

Law students who are certified to appear in court will, under the supervision of an attorney, interview clients, represent clients in court proceedings, conduct research and writing, draft motions, argue motions, and may be given the opportunity to represent clients during a jury trial.

Law students who are not certified to appear in court will, under the supervision of an attorney, interview clients, conduct research and writing for attorneys, draft motions for attorneys, help work on the sealing of juvenile records, and may attend court to watch their work in practice.

If you are a law student and are interested in an internship with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office you may send your resume and cover letter to Misdemeanor/Juvenile Supervisor, Ron Johnson, at ronald.johnson@yolocounty.org.

Volunteers may also apply to work in the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.  Volunteers will work directly with rehabilitated offenders to petition the court for post-conviction relief to clear up criminal records, thereby removing barriers to economic stability and a return to crime.

Opportunities for Social Workers

The Yolo County Public Defender’s Office works with local undergraduate and graduate degree programs to interview and select social work students for placement in one of our four field internship positions.  Interns who are placed at the Public Defender’s Office will gain experience in the field of forensic social work under the supervision of master’s level social workers.

 Social worker interns working with the juvenile justice system will gain experience making a significant impact on the lives of young people in our community by collaboratively working with juvenile delinquency clients, their Public Defender(s), and their families to develop case plans for juveniles.  Interns on the juvenile team will have the opportunity to assist juveniles with educational, mental health, and substance use needs as well as assisting with connecting juveniles to local pro-social activities such as employment, sports, clubs, etc.  Additionally, juvenile social work interns may accompany juvenile clients to court and assisting attorneys in advocating for clients by highlighting their strengths and promoting plans that support community-based services.

 Social worker interns working with the adult criminal justice system will primarily work with clients in the custody of the Yolo County Jail (inmates).  Duties of the adult social work intern may include conducting in-custody interviews with clients; phone interviews with client’s circle of support; advocating for post-release services & supports; collaborating & communicating with Probation & Parole; court accompaniment; requesting and reviewing client’s criminal, educational, and treatment records; developing discharge plans; and writing detailed social histories for court.  Interning as an adult social worker is an opportunity to help give second chances to criminal justice involved individuals and make a real difference to our community.

 If you are a bachelor’s or masters’ social work student and are interested in an internship with the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, you may send your resume and cover letter to:

              Tonya Jacobs (tonya.jacobs@yolocounty.org) – Juvenile Social Worker

              Emily Kochly (emily.kochly@yolocounty.org) – Adult Social Worker

 

 

Opportunities for Undergraduate College Students

 

 

The Yolo County Public Defender's Office typically has several undergraduate college interns. Undergraduate interns will learn first-hand the inner workings of the criminal justice system. The experience gained by undergraduate students who volunteer at Yolo County Public Defender's Office will provide them with an advantage in applying for jobs within the criminal justice system. The internship will also supply undergraduate students with real world experience to put on an application when applying to graduate school or law school.

Undergraduate student volunteers may assist attorneys with special projects, coordinate and arrange discovery, deliver pleadings and discovery to the District Attorney's Office and court, attend court proceedings with attorneys, and may assist in sealing juvenile records.

If you are an undergraduate college student and are interested in an internship please send your resume to Misdemeanor/Juvenile Supervisor, Ron Johnson, at ronald.johnson@yolocounty.org.

Volunteers may also apply to work in the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic. Volunteers will work directly with rehabilitated offenders to petition the court for post-conviction relief to clear up criminal records, thereby removing barriers to economic stability and a return to crime.

 Opportunities for High School Interns

The Yolo County Public Defender's Office occasionally hosts high school interns. High school interns work closely with our support staff in various capacities.

If you are a high school student and are interested in an internship with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office, you or your parent may contact Supervisor, Ron Johnson, at ronald.johnson@yolocounty.org

 

     

 

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Last Updated: 10/2014