Conflict Panel - Adult Criminal Court

Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) is seeking attorneys to our private panel for conflicted cases.

Job Summary: Conflict Panel Attorneys act as counsel to clients with felony and/or misdemeanors charges in all phases of criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing. The Panel Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of OPD assigned cases. The Panel Attorney complies with all legal standards and requirements. Conflict Panel Attorneys are private attorneys who work independent of the main public defender’s office on a part-time contract basis in conjunction with their own private practice.

A private panel attorney must be committed to OPD’s mission of zealous representation of the client in criminal proceedings. In addition, the Panel Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Panel Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction.

Private Panel Attorneys will be required to sign a contract designating the maximum number of cases they can be assigned and the amount of compensation provided, in addition to the rules and regulations they must abide by during the course of their representation of clients.

Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana and be in good standing. Applicants must possess at least two years of criminal defense experience in trial work or other related work, and demonstrated commitment to criminal and indigent defense. Applicants must be interested in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. The position requires excellent legal research and writing skills and knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense. Additionally, the position requires initiative, enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to clients. The ideal candidates will be an accomplished advocate and an independent and organized worker.

To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants must submit all of the following to be considered for this position: application, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, writing sample, and references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All materials should be submitted via the online form. The application deadline is rolling.

This is a contract position. Panel attorneys are required to sign contracts and abide by the standards listed in the contract, in part defined by the LAPD standards. 

For further questions, please email Kendrica Sandifer, Conflict Panel Administrator at

OPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

The mission of the Orleans Public Defenders Office is to provide each eligible client with client-centered legal representation of the highest quality – zealous, conscientious, caring, professional, ethical and skilled – whether in criminal, juvenile or municipal/traffic court.

We act to protect the guarantees of the Constitution, foster a more open and inclusive criminal justice system by increasing access to, and protection within, the courts for the poor, and assist in the development and expansion of rehabilitation and alternative programs for clients and their families.

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