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Attorney - Clayton

St. Louis County Circuit Court
December 01, 2023
Assistant Public Defender - Trial
MSPD trial attorneys provide high quality, zealous advocacy and legal representation to indigent clients throughout all phases of criminal matters in the state of Missouri.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing rapport with and maintaining a professional relationship with each client through telephone contact, meetings and/or institutional visits
  • Advising and counselling each client throughout each stage of a case
  • Ensuring each client is kept apprised of investigations, negotiations, and court rulings
  • Thoroughly investigating cases by means of: interviewing a variety of individuals (e.g., client, witnesses, expert witnesses, family members, etc.); reviewing law enforcement reports; examining discovery
  • Appearing at regularly scheduled court dockets and all appearances concerning assigned caseload
  • Conducting legal research and staying abreast of statutes, regulations and pertinent court decisions
  • Preparing legal documents including motions, pleadings, and briefs in connection with hearings, trials, and other legal proceedings
  • Litigating all aspects of each client's case through disposition at the trial court level
  • Preparing case, client and witnesses for trial
  • Promoting and protecting the best interests of the client at all times
  • Incorporating a holistic approach with each client
  • Collaborating with other staff on behalf of the client
  • Attending Continuing Legal Education (CLE) as required


  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, awaiting bar results, or transferring bar license from a different state.
  • Interest in criminal law and defending constitutional rights of individuals who cannot afford an attorney.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  • APD I: $5,000/month (starting salary)
  • APD II: $5,417/month (eligible for consideration after 1 year of successful performance)
  • APD III: $6,036/month (eligible for consideration after 3 years of successful performance)
  • Senior Public Defender I-II: $6,834- $7,283/month (eligible for consideration after continued highly successful performance)