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Volunteer Opportunities

Research and Writing Students

Working under the supervision of an experienced public defender, research law students work with attorneys on all types of projects and cases.

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Apply by emailing a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to randwapplicants@mpdlaw.com

Certified Law Clerk Students

Working under the supervision of an experienced attorney, certified law students are able to handle every aspect of a case, from client counseling to adversarial hearings and trials.

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Apply by emailing a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to clsapplicants@mpdlaw.com


Hiring Process

Metropolitan Public Defender will hire the best qualified candidate for a position. MPD is an equal opportunity employer, and we will make an effort to recruit candidates from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Applicants are screened based on applicable experience and education. We will hire only those who are authorized to work in the US. Metropolitan Public Defender does not tolerate any form of harassment or violence in the workplace.

Our hiring process involves an application screen, an initial interview, and a final interview. Only completed application packets (current resume and cover letter) will be considered for initial interviews. Initial interviews will only be scheduled for applicants deemed most qualified for our firm. Not all applicants will be granted a final interview.

Please notify our Human Resources Department at 503-225-9100 if you require special disability accommodations to participate in the employment process.


Metropolitan Public Defender offers a generous benefits package including:

  • MPD Medical (choice of PPO or HDHP), Dental (choice of PPO Base or PPO Enhanced) and Vision – 100% employer paid for employee-only coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Basic Life, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability and AD&D – 100% employer paid
  • 401(K) – MPD will contribute 6% of employee’s annual salary with full vesting after the completion of 5 years of service
  • PTO – 24 hours upon hire and accrue monthly to 80 hours and increase to 120 hours starting at 24 months
  • 10 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays (summer and winter)
  • 4 Mental Health Days per year
  • Sick Leave – 48 hours upon hire + 48 hours after the completions of six months of employment and accrue 96 hours every service anniversary

Employees regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours each week (.5 FTE) are eligible to participate in the firm’s benefit plans.

Metropolitan Public Defender has an agreement with AFSCME Public Defenders Local No. 3668, Council 75, AFL-CIO.

All members shall be required to pay dues as determined by the Union, or be required to make “fair share” payments, after their first 30 days of employment as a condition of continued employment with MPD.