Multnomah Defenders, Inc. is currently accepting Attorney applications


Full-time attorney for a busy public defense practice.

This listing is for current law students who anticipate completing the bar during July 2022, for hire in August of 2022. Permanent position is contingent on passage of the bar.


This position will be based in the Criminal Defense section in our downtown Portland office. Job requires appearances at Multnomah County Courthouse and occasional jail visits. Some work from home options in light of COVID protocols.


This position is represented by a Bargaining Unit. Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance provided. Generous sick time, vacation time, and annual merit based reviews with raises also provided. Entry level salary begins at $65,287, with increased steps depending on experience and qualifications. 


Submit a cover letter and resume to Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis


Multnomah Defenders, Inc. (MDI) is a non-profit public interest law firm established in 1982.  Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients and to treat every client with dignity and respect.  MDI operates with a staff of 50 people, including attorneys, trial assistants, and investigators.  MDI lawyers defend adults and juveniles in courts of Oregon in criminal, juvenile, contempt and appellate matters. 


  1. Membership in the Oregon State Bar;

  2. Zealous and competent advocate for public defense clients; and

  3. Works well with others collaborating, coordinating, and problem solving.

  4. Felony certification is always preferred, but we will consider an entry level attorney.

MDI is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.  MDI values diversity in our hiring decisions.