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Deputy State Appellate Public Defender

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/21
Posting End Date: 2024/06/12
Category: Attorney
Sub Category: Legal
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 80,000.00
Maximum Salary: 102,000.00
Pay Rate Type: Annual Salary

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State of Idaho Opportunity

Deputy State Appellate Public Defender

Full-time (40 hours) - $80,000 - $102,000 annually D.O.E.

 Defending zealously, advancing fairness, and advocating with integrity.

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date.


Boise, Idaho. As Idaho’s capital, Boise is a growing city of approximately 240,000 and serves as the headquarters for several major national and international corporations. Boise offers a rich variety of both cultural and recreational opportunities. Idaho’s world-famous fly-fishing, biking, skiing, kayaking, and hiking are all within close proximity.


The State Appellate Public Defender (SAPD) is a law office which provides appellate and post-conviction representation to indigent defendants pursuant to Idaho Code § 19-5905. 

The Appellate Unit (AU) represents indigent clients in non-death penalty cases, including juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony cases, and post-conviction proceedings arising out of those cases. The AU's role is limited to appeals before the Idaho Court of Appeals and/or the Idaho Supreme Court. The Capital Litigation Unit (CLU) represents indigent clients convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The CLU represents clients in post-conviction proceedings in the trial court, and in appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court. 

The State Appellate Public Defender values its employees and offers meaningful work that has a direct impact on citizens across the State of Idaho. Additionally, the SAPD is a qualifying employer for the purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).


Best Retirement Available In The Nation

The State of Idaho has one of the Nation’s best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit.

Other Excellent Benefits

· Excellent low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance – employee coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision and $11.80/month for dental (full-time);

· Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start;

· Paid parental leave;

· Eleven paid holidays per year;

· Multiple retirement savings plans, including optional 401K and Deferred Compensation plan;

· Group Life Insurance/Disability Insurance/Supplemental Life Insurance;

· Employee Assistance Program;

· Flexible Spending Accounts; and

· Wellness programs.

 The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, for additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit:


A Deputy State Appellate Public Defender in the SAPD's Appellate Unit represents indigent clients in juvenile, misdemeanor, felony, and post-conviction appeals before the Idaho Court of Appeals and the Idaho Supreme Court.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicating effectively with, and competently advising, clients whose cases are pending on appeal;
  • Carefully reviewing trial court records and fully evaluating potential issues for appeal;
  • Conducting thorough legal research;
  • Drafting clear, concise appellate motions and briefs; and
  • Delivering persuasive oral arguments before the Idaho Court of Appeals and the Idaho Supreme Court; and
  • Travel to Idaho Supreme Court, correctional institutions, and other locations within the State of Idaho to attend court hearings, oral arguments, and visit incarcerated clients.

Candidates must be licensed to practice law in the State of Idaho, or in the process of seeking admission to the Idaho State Bar. A commitment to indigent defense is essential. Criminal, juvenile, and/or appellate experience, and/or an appellate court clerkship is preferred. A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the ability to travel within the State of Idaho. Candidate must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.


Excellent research, writing, proofreading, and oral advocacy skills are essential, as is the ability to maintain client confidentiality. A successful candidate will also be detail-oriented, able to exercise sound professional judgement, able to manage a heavy caseload and produce a high volume of quality work, and able to communicate effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.


Qualified applicants who would like to apply for this position must submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) two letters of recommendation, and 4) two writing samples. Applicants whose law school graduation is within three years of the application must also submit copies of their law school transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be accepted). Application materials must be submitted no later than June 12, 2024 at 4:59 p.m. Application materials should be submitted through the Careers with the State of Idaho website,, and not directly to the agency. 

For inquiries regarding this position, please contact Rachel Murray, Office Administrator, at (208) 334-2712 or [email protected]


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

*Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.