Office of the Colorado State Public Defender

About Office of the Colorado State Public Defender

Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) maintains a reputation as one of the top organizations in the nation specializing in the delivery of indigent criminal defense representation. It operates as an independent agency within the Judicial Branch of Colorado State Government with approximately 808 dedicated and zealous individuals assigned to twenty-one Regional Trial Offices across the state, a centralized Appellate Division, and a centralized Administrative Office. The mission of OSPD is to defend and protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. We do so by providing constitutionally and statutorily mandated representation that is effective, zealous, inspired and compassionate. We seek to hire professionals who are dedicated to public service and committed to serving our clients.


Administrative Assistant Intern

August 2019 Grand Junction, CO
“Through this internship, I was able to gain experience in my prospective field of criminal defense. I gained hands-on experience in a law office and the job provided crucial insight into how law is practiced on a day-to-day basis. The knowledge and experience I gained will prove invaluable as I work toward a career as a public defender. The assigned readings and journal entries allowed me to reflect on my experiences and relate them to broader issues involving the criminal justice system.”
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