All Employment Opportunities with the Merced County Public Defender's Office are listed on the County's website.
Volunteer Lawyer Program
The Merced County Public Defender’s Volunteer Lawyer Program is an
opportunity for local law firms to meet their pro bono goals as well as
help their new associate attorneys get needed bench and jury trial
experience. This program provides an opportunity and a benefit to law
firms as their new associates gain experience trying cases before juries
and becoming comfortable in a courtroom setting. Participants gain
training in trial skills, evidence and courtroom practice.
Local law firms are invited to assign their salaried associate
attorney to the Merced County Public Defender for an eight week, twelve
week, or sixteen week period on a part-time basis of approximately 10
hours per week. While the associate attorney is assigned to the Merced
County Public Defender, they will continue to receive their regular
salary from the private law firm while they work pro bono with the
Merced County Public Defender. In the assigned time period, the firm’s
associate attorney will be given a misdemeanor caseload with the
opportunity to litigate pre-trial motions as well as misdemeanor bench
and jury trials. In addition, the associate attorney will receive
training and instruction in criminal practice and procedure that would
supplement the training the associate’s firm provides.
If you would like more information, please contact Chief Deputy Public Defender Vincent Andrade at his email address.