Juvenile Defense Counsel

Published 13 days ago

The Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC) is a nine-member commission appointed by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court that serves as the governing body for Oregon’s public defense system. The Commission provides policy direction and oversight for the administration of the system. As required by ORS 151.216(1)(b), the Commission oversees the Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS) that serves as the administrative agency responsible for carrying out the Commission’s directives and other statutorily defined duties. The legal services provided by OPDS represent an essential component of Oregon’s public safety system.

The mission of OPDS is to establish and maintain a public defense system that ensures the provision of public defense services consistent with the Oregon Constitution, the United States Constitution and Oregon and national standards of justice.

OPDS employs 108 staff. The office includes the Executive Division, the Compliance, Audit, and Performance Division, the Appellate Division (AD), and the Administrative Services Division. The agency negotiates contracts with trial level public defense providers and administers and distributes funds for representation and related services for cases during the biennium for criminal, juvenile, and civil commitment cases. The agency provides compliance and oversight to the trial community providers through quality assurance practices, training, and education. Financial Services processes all expenses related to representation in public defense cases. The Appellate Division provides direct legal representation in the state appellate courts in criminal cases, juvenile dependency and termination of parental rights cases, and parole cases. Other services in the agency include, Data Collection and Analysis, General Counsel, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Internal Audit, and Policy Development.

Primary purpose of this position:

This position will engage in quality assurance and oversight activities of Juvenile and PCRP providers. The Juvenile Defense Counsel will support the Chief Trial Counsel in executing comprehensive quality assurance and assessment of Juvenile and PCRP providers. The position will engage in a range of quality assurance activities to support high-quality juvenile representation statewide, including using standardized quality assurance tools to monitor and assess juvenile providers, providing specialized training and resources, and offering direct case consultation.

The CAP unit will employ a routine, research/data-informed and stakeholder-engaged process to track and assess provider performance, contract compliance, including adherence to state and national standards of representation. The Unit will monitor and support attorney performance, track key performance measures and deliver targeted training, support, and technical assistance to them. CAP will use research and data to understand workload fluctuations and inform resource, contracting and budgetary decisions. The CAP unit will partner across agency divisions, work under the direction of the Deputy Director and include two specialized and parallel teams, one focusing on criminal defense and one on juvenile defense. The CAP Unit’s work will enable OPDS’ oversight of attorney performance, data-informed budgetary and contract decision-making and high-quality public defense legal service delivery to financially eligible Oregonians.

Quality Assurance of PCRP and Juvenile Providers

  • Work closely with the Chief Trial Counsel and Information Technology to develop and continuously refine standardized data collection tools and assessment processes to monitor and evaluate provider quality and identify regional needs.
  • Conduct site visits, courtroom observations, review of summarized provider activity and caseload data, structured stakeholder interviews/surveys and provider meetings to evaluate provider compliance.
  • Assess and respond to provider quality assurance concerns, as evidenced through data trends or stakeholder complaints.
  • Develop relationships and maintain communication with regional juvenile attorney and non-attorney providers as well as regional child welfare and juvenile justice stakeholders.
  • Work with NRE Team to evaluate juvenile requests for Non-Routine Expenses.

Training and Resource Development

  • Develop and deliver resources to support provider practice, such as checklists, reference guides, sample filings and other materials responsive to provider and system needs.
  • Offer case consultation to juvenile dependency and delinquency providers, including technical, legal and strategic guidance on trial level representation.
  • Identify, schedule and plan trainings for OPDS-contracted juvenile attorneys.

Systems Improvement

  • Participate in related workgroups and task forces, in consultation with Chief Trial Counsel.
  • Research and stay up to date on policy, legislative and legal updates that could impact juvenile practice.


  • Engage in effective team participation through willingness to assist and support co-workers, supervisors, and other work-related associations.
  • Develop good working relationships with internal and external customers and supervisors through active participation in cross-divisional group projects and in identifying and resolving problems in a constructive, collaborative manner.
  • Perform work in a manner that consistently promotes safety and wellness in the workplace and promptly reports safety concerns to management.
  • Contribute to a positive, respectful, and productive work environment in a manner that fosters and promotes the importance and value of a diverse, discrimination and harassment-free workplace. Respect diversity of opinions, ideas, and cultural differences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position is under the Deputy General Counsel Classification.


  • Knowledge of the procedural operations of all levels of court, legal research and writing techniques;
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with prosecutors, judges, hearings officers, corrections agents, colleagues, as well as with clients and the general public.
  • Possess basic computer skills, solid research and analytic skills.
  • Ability to analyze facts and legal documents
  • Ability to interpret laws, regulations and policies;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with persons having a wide variety of education backgrounds;
  • Ability to speak effectively in public.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college of law AND member of the Oregon State Bar.
  • Five (5) years full-time experience in the practice of law AT LEAST three (3) of which must be in the practice of criminal, juvenile defense or related field.

The Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC) is a nine-member commission appointed by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court that serves as the governing body for Oregon’s public defense system. The Commission provides policy…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    September 23, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
198 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97301, USA
Suite 205

How to Apply

To apply: 

Please apply at WorkDay.

Interested applicants must submit the following materials with their applications:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three professional references (with email addresses)

Failure to submit the materials required will automatically disqualify an applicant from the process.

This recruitment is scheduled to be open until 11:59 pm on 09/23/2021, with the option to close the recruitment at any time.


We are recruiting two fill two vacancies. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply: 

Please apply at WorkDay.

Interested applicants must submit the following materials with their applications:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three professional references (with…

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