Chief District Public Defender

LA PUBLIC DEFENDER BOARD   New Roads, LA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on September 3, 2023

District Defender Selection, District 18 (Iberville, Pointe Coupee, WBR Parishes)

The Louisiana Public Defender Board (LPDB) seeks to contract with a District Defender to provide for the delivery and management of public defender services in the 18th Judicial District, comprised Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and West Baton Rouge Parishes. Resumes/curriculum vitae should be submitted to Jody Thibaut, Attorney at Law, 2004 False River Drive, New Roads, LA, 70760 or via email to The deadline for application materials to be received is September 6, 2023. La. R.S. 15:162 provides the procedure by which vacant District Defender positions are filled. A local Selection Committee reviews all interested applicants and makes recommendations to LPDB. The Selection Committee is comprised of three members: The State Public Defender selects the Committee’s Chairperson; the Chief Judge of the Judicial District and the President of the State Bar Association each select one of the two remaining members. Within sixty (60) days of being formed the Selection Committee submits a list of at least three District Defender nominees, ranked by preference, to LPDB. The Selection Committee will undertake any advertisement, determine that minimal statutory qualifications are met, conduct any necessary interviews, and explore the candidate’s background in the areas of management, training, substantive and procedural criminal law, data management and ability to work with LPDB, which regulates public defense in Louisiana. The final Committee recommendations will be interviewed by the State Public Defender and staff prior to a recommendation by the State Public Defender to the LPDB members. The Board members will make the final selection of the incoming District Defender and determine the appropriate salary. All District Defenders in Louisiana enter into an individual ‘Contract for Public Defender Services’ with the LPDB. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Statutory qualifications are as follows: • Be a person of good character, honesty and integrity. • Be a citizen of the United States. • Following appointment, be a domiciliary of Louisiana who is registered to vote. • Be an attorney licensed to practice law in Louisiana with at least 5 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. • Following appointment, be a domiciliary of the judicial district or a contiguous judicial district and be registered to vote in that judicial district or contiguous district. • Provide and/or maintain a district office, or appropriate office space, in each judicial district for meeting with clients and rendering public defender services. District Defender shall perform the services through District Defender’s own means and methods of work, subject to the requirements set forth in the Louisiana Public Defender Act, the Louisiana Administrative Code, the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, and other applicable rules, all as may be supplemented from time to time.