Appellate Defense Counsel

(General Appeals Division)

Recruitment #211007-UNCE-695



Please submit a letter of interest referencing Recruitment#: 211007-UNCE-695, resume and writing sample no later than Monday, October 25, 2021 to:

Lisa Vegh, Personnel Officer
Oklahoma Indigent Defense System
P.O. Box 926
Norman, OK 73070-0926


OIDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




Appellate Defense Counsel
General Appeals Division - Norman, Oklahoma

The General Appeals Division of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System is seeking applicants for an Appellate Defense Counsel position. The division is appointed by state district courts in Oklahoma to represent indigent clients in appeals to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals arising from convictions resulting in incarceration at jury trial or bench trial, pleas of guilty or no contest, as well as probation revocation, acceleration, and drug court termination cases. The division also represents individuals appealing from certifications to stand trial as a youthful offender or as an adult, or denial of certification to be treated as a juvenile; appealing decisions to bridge individuals from the youthful offender system to the Department of Corrections; and appealing delinquence adjudications.

Position Description:
Attorney job focuses on all aspects of perfecting an appeal in the Court of Criminal Appeals; thorough review of the trial record, identifying legal issues; extensive research and analysis; drafting legal briefs and pleadings; conducting extra-record investigations as necessary; and, when ordered, appearing at evidentiary hearings at the district court level or oral argument before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

Applicants should possess a Juris Doctorate degree and active membership and good standing with the State Bar of Oklahoma or eligibility for admission. No prior criminal appellate experience is required for this position although knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and evidence is required. Applicants should possess a desire to work in public interest law and advocate on behalf of indigent clients. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, and the ability to argue effectively and persuasively in both written and oral form.

Applicants must be highly motivated and well-organized with the ability to multi-task and manage time effectively. Salary for this position will be in accordance with the agency salary scales and level of experience.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.