Staff Attorney I - Juvenile Post Disposition Branch

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $42,000
Details: Following a 6 month probationary period, employee receives a 5% increment increase in salary. After a year of employment as a staff attorney, employee is eligible to apply for a Staff Attorney II position.



Application Deadline



5 Mill Creek Park
United States


Do you have a passion for civil rights and criminal justice reform?

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child?

Join the Juvenile Post Disposition Branch as a staff attorney, advocate, and reformer!


The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) is nationally recognized as a model state-wide public defender system with an exceptional training and education program. Our defense teams ensure the criminal justice process is fair, results are just, and individual liberties are protected.


We are hiring an entry level staff attorney to join the criminal defense team in Juvenile Post Disposition Branch, which is located in Frankfort, KY. The Juvenile Post Disposition Branch is one of the few defense offices in the country that is solely devoted to representing juveniles after they have been found guilty of a criminal or status offense. The Branch represents youth on appeal and visits youth regularly at secure residential facilities across the Commonwealth to provide individual advocacy on post-conviction claims, conditions of confinement (such as the use of isolation and restraint), and collateral consequences of their conviction. DPA’s Juvenile Post Disposition Branch also works closely with institutional players on juvenile justice policy and systemic reform. In the last year alone, attorneys with the Branch have successfully worked to remove juvenile sex offender designation, argued in the Kentucky Supreme Court, and assisted youthful offenders serving a life sentence obtain release on parole. The work of the Branch requires a passion for working with young people, creativity, excellent research and writing skills, and strong courtroom advocacy skills.


Kentucky DPA looks for individuals who have demonstrated a desire to help the poorest and most vulnerable in their communities. The ideal candidate exhibits an ability to work with at-risk youth, is self-directed, and comfortable working with players across the system. The attorney will be part of a defense team that includes other attorneys, investigators, alternative sentencing workers, and office administrative legal staff. We seek persons who have a desire to tell the client’s story and understand it is a privilege to represent our clients.


  • Applicant must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky or comply with SCR 2.111 Limited Certification of Admission to practice or SCR 2.112 Attorney participants in defender or legal services programs. (Kentucky has a Limited Practice License which enables out-of-state attorneys to practice up to 18 months during which time they must take and pass
  • Experience in juvenile advocacy, criminal defense, and representing clients from a diverse background is a plus.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D


This is a state employee position, so all state benefits are available: retirement pension, 401K, health insurance, dental and vision.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Staff Attorney I / requisition #3637