Juvenile Internship/Externship Opportunity
The Juvenile Division of the Law Office of the Hamilton County Public Defender is currently seeking interns and/or externs for the Spring Semester 2019. Position is to start on January 7, 2019 and end on May 1, 2019.Legal Externs and Interns must have completed coursework in Legal Research and Writing and Criminal Law. Preference will be given to those students who have or are taking Criminal Procedure and have an interest in juvenile delinquency and/or public defense work.
The Juvenile Division specializes in and primarily represents children charged with delinquency offenses. Our division consists of a director, three team leaders, ten delinquency attorneys, one appellate attorney, and two child-support contempt attorneys. The division also has a paralegal, one investigator, one social worker, and three support staff.
The Hamilton County Juvenile Court is located at 800 Broadway Cincinnati, Ohio. Our delinquency attorneys attend court hearings at that location on a daily basis, both in the morning and in the afternoon. The division also has a satellite office located at 800 Broadway, on the first floor.
In addition, our delinquency attorneys represent children at their initial plea hearing at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention center located at 2020 Auburn Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio. A designated staff attorney is at the Detention Center each morning Monday through Friday, and some holiday weekends, representing children who are being held in detention on delinquency offenses. Our contempt attorneys represent parents who are charged with non-payment of child support, as well as adults charged with misdemeanor criminal offenses involving children as alleged victims.
Students selected for internships and/or externships within the Juvenile Division will have a wide range of opportunities available to them. Students will be exposed to a number of proceedings including but not limited to, delinquency arraignments and detention hearings; pre-trial hearings; motions to suppress hearings; transfer hearings; competency hearings; trials; dispositional hearings; objections to the juvenile judge; and appeals. Students will also be given a wide-range of legal research and writing assignments, including, but not limited to, discovery review, preparing motions to suppress, objections, and appellate briefs. Students will also be able to participate in client interviews.
Students with Legal Intern Certificates from the Ohio Supreme Court will have additional opportunities in the form of appearing in court, under the supervision of one of our staff attorneys, representing clients in a range of proceedings, including, but not limited to arraignments; motions to suppress; trials; pleas; dispositions; and appeals.
Qualified applicants will possess, at a minimum, strong communications skills, both verbal and written, strong time management skills, strong critical and analytical thinking skills, the ability to take direction, collaborate with attorneys and other public defender staff on projects, and be self-motivated.
If interested, please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:
Julie Kahrs Nessler,
Juvenile Appellate Counsel
Law Office of the Hamilton County Public Defender
125 E. Court St., 9th Floor
Start and end dates are flexible as long as agreeable between the student and the Juvenile Division.