Standardized resumes for public defender position area a dime a dozen. Stand-out ones are rare.
And it is the latter that hiring managers want to see.
If you want to write a resume that will bring results, make sure that the information in it is not standardized.
Relevant and usable information is what hiring managers look for.
Here is a sample to go through:
46 42nd Street | Miami Gardens, FL 09231 | (000) 757-5141 | frantrent @ email . com
Self-reliant and tactful individual with over 6 years’ track record of success representing clients as a public defender. Proficient in handling both out of court and in-court representations, placing special value on providing clients with chances of fair trials.
Effectively and fairly represent all indignant persons charged with crimes within the specified county. Handle both arraignment courts and bond courts, with special focus on ensuring client acquittal.
Special talent for interviewing clients and witnesses to determine backgrounds and facts related to crimes and offenses, and investigating alleged crimes by coordinating efforts with police officers and efficiently reviewing provided facts.
|✓ Defendant Representation||✓ Investigations|
|✓ Trail Strategies||✓ Interviewing|
|✓ Public Defense Programs||✓ Agency Liaison|
|✓ Legal Research||✓ Case Preparation|
|✓ Prep-trial Motions Preparation||✓ Evidence Collection|
|✓ Briefs Management||✓ Inconsistencies Evaluation|
City of Miami Gardens, Miami Gardens, FL | 2013 – Present
• Engage clients in conversation to determine their backgrounds and criminal histories
• Effectively read crime reports provided by law enforcement agencies and correlate them with clients’ narratives
• Prepare cases in favor of assigned clients, aiming to defend them in a court setting
• Keep clients updated about the progress of trials and respond to requests for information
• Proactively pepare and file all papers required by the court and ensure that office copies are properly maintained
• Investigate facts and gather and verify evidence to assist in handling assigned cases effectively
• Represent clients in the court, take part in proceedings and hearings and ensure that all collected evidence is properly presented in court
• Act as a negotiator between the defendant and the State Attorney’s Office to secure acquittals or to reach sentence time agreements beneficial for the defendant
• Saved a client at the last minute (right before the judge was due to announce jail time for her) by effectively securing concrete evidence.
• Singlehandedly created and implemented a series of policies and procedures for the public defense office.
Sam and Sam Attorneys, Miami Gardens, FL | 2010 – 2013
• Performed legal research to assist attorneys in developing cases based on precedents
• Assisted in preparing case paperwork and ensured that it was timely submitted to court
• Interviewed new clients to determine types and intensity of cases and provided heads up to attorneys
• Created and maintained correspondence such as subpoenas, legal documents and letters
• Ascertained that all client data and court proceedings information was accurately and confidentially secured
• Successfully investigated facts for a court case that had been in limbo for 5 months due to lack of evidence against the perpetrator.
• Trained 4 batches of newly appointed lawyers in handling legal research through publicly available resources, as part of their training.
Florida State University, Miami Gardens, FL | 2009
Bachelor’s Degree in Law