The New Jersey Office of the Public Defender (NJOPD) is always searching for the highest quality attorneys, investigators, paralegals and clerical staff to join the agency and provide our clients with the best legal representation.  

Anyone interested in employment opportunities with the NJOPD should contact:

William Wander
Human Resources Manager
New Jersey Office of the Public Defender
Hughes Justice Complex
25 Market St
P.O. Box 850
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone (609) 292-8353
Fax (609) 984-0251

Mr. Wander can be e-mailed at OPD.Recruitment@opd.nj.gov

The Office of the Public Defender is currently seeking clerical employees in all counties.  Please submit your resume to Judith Smith at judith.smith@opd.nj.gov for this employment opportunity.

The NJOPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains an Affirmative Action Office at the Hughes Justice Complex. The Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer is Dane Lane, Esq. She can be contacted by phone at (609) 292-7087.

The OPD Appellate Section is currently accepting applications from private attorneys with criminal experience to do pool work representing indigent clients before the Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. Candidates must have excellent legal skills, including, but not limited to, oral advocacy skills, brief writing skills, and legal research skills. In addition, candidates must become “vendor compliant” prior to being assigned cases. The hourly rate is $60 in court and $50 out of court, plus expenses, per OPD policy. For oral argument before the Appellate Division and Supreme Court there is a flat rate of $250 per argument, plus expenses, per OPD policy. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to joseph.russo@opd.nj.gov