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Thurston County, Washington

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Public Defense

For the most current information on openings with TCPD, and on applying for work with Thurston County,
please visit the Thurston County Human Resources website.

The Thurston County Public Defense accepts legal interns and externs throughout the year. Unpaid internships are available for 1L through 3L students, and externships for school credit are accepted for 2L and 3L Rule 9 students, per the policies of the candidate's law school. Application materials including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references should be sent at least two months in advance of the anticipated starting date.

1L intern duties will include legal research and writing (specifically motion practice), supplemental client meetings and interviews, and special research and advocacy projects as suggested by staff and designed by the student. 1L interns will also have extensive opportunities to observe courtroom proceedings.

2L and 3L Rule 9 interns and externs will also work on legal research and writing, but will spend a significant amount of time in court. Courtroom experience includes first appearance calendars, pretrial hearings, motion practice, and second-chair trial experience.

Candidates should have a strong interest in criminal law generally and indigent defense specifically. Candidates should be outgoing and comfortable with courtroom appearances. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.

Questions and application materials can be directed to:

By mail:

Thurston County Public Defense
Attn: Katelyn Vena
926 24th Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 754-4897

By phone or email:

Katelyn Vena
Office: (360) 462-7980