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The Office of the State Public Defender is Hiring

The SPD's mission is to enhance the quality of justice throughout Wisconsin by providing high-quality cost-effective representation to indigent clients, protecting the rights of accused individuals, and by serving as advocates for effective defense services and a rational justice system.

The SPD is extremely proud that its system of indigent defense is considered a model for public defender programs around the world.

Employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package including a top-rated health plan, vacation leave, nine paid holidays, and the ability to participate in one of the best retirement plans offered.  These comprehensive benefits, when added to your paid compensation, add up to a generous "total rewards" package you'll receive when you work for S

You can calculate what that package is worth by clicking here.


For a complete list of benefits, click here.  Additionally, employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The SPD serves indigent clients in all 72 Wisconsin counties as authorized by state statute.  If you are a highly motivated, talented, and dedicated individual interested in working in one of our offices, please review openings here and apply.

For questions or further information, please contact Maggie Wild, Human Resources Specialist - Senior, at

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