The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia, thereby protects society's interest in the fair administration of justice.  


For more than 60 years, PDS has led the nation in providing exceptional advocacy and quality legal representation to indigent adults and children. Judges and prosecutors alike, as well as public defender agencies and criminal justice bars across the country, acknowledge and respect the outstanding work of PDS’s attorneys.  PDS is recognized as one of the few defender organizations in the world to meet the standards outlined in the American Bar Association’s Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System.



Why Join the PDS Champions of Liberty?

PDS staff and alumni will tell you that working at PDS is the best job you will ever have!  


Our work environment is:

Professional and familial

Culturally diverse

Encouraging and engaging


We offer:

Federal benefits

Exceptional training opportunities

Career cultivation

A community of excellence

PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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