• Roanoke, VA

Office of the Public Defender, Roanoke City

Tell us about your Organization/Mission:
The City of Roanoke Office of the Public Defender represents adults and juveniles charged with criminal offenses in the city of Roanoke. We are dedicated to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. Our office is composed of thirteen attorneys, one mitigation specialist, two investigators, one office manager and three administrative support staff.
Primary Group of Served:
Ages four - adult
Vulnerable Population:
Responsibilities, projects, and primary duties for internship:
Assist attorneys in case preparation by performing document discovery, reviewing body camera footage, and social media/web research. Speak with representatives from, and update listings for, community-based programs. Accompany attorneys to court for trials, bond hearings, and motion hearings. Sit in on attorney and mitigation specialist interviews with clients and their support teams. Observe local problem-solving courts in action, i.e., Drug Treatment Court and the Therapeutic Docket. Tour the city neighborhoods with investigators and possibly work with investigators on crime scenes. Visit community programs with mitigation specialist and possibly assist in obtaining important client records and back-up documentation for sentencings.
What top three personal qualities do you most value and seek in an intern?:
Honesty, Strong work ethic, Curiosity
How will your agency orient & train the intern? :
Attorney mentor will orient. Attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialist will train.
How often will supervisor likely meet with intern? :
How much client contact will this internship offer?:
Will the intern be unsupervised with vulnerable populations (e.g. children, incapacitated adults)?:
Please describe the physical work space and work schedule:
Shared with other interns in the office library. Mon.-Fri: 8:30 to 5
Is the organization accessible by public transportation?:
Does the internship require that the intern travel to various locations:
Will the intern be expected to accompany clients to appointments or other locations:
Does this internship utilize or require a second language?:
Yes, may be utilized
If yes, what Languages?:
Spanish not required, but may be helpful with some clients
Can this specific internship position be offered to more than one SHECP intern?:
Is your organization offering additional kinds of internship opportunities to other SHECP interns?:
Interns are selected by member schools through a competitive application process and are interviewed by SHECP Staff before being matched with your organization. What, if any, additional steps do you request prior to confirming the students as an intern at your organization? (In-person interviews are not feasible for an eight-week internship.):
Phone conversation to confirm a good match (90% of internships)
Does this internship require a background check or fingerprinting?:
Will your agency coordinate these security measures? :
Organization Name:
Office of the Public Defender
Street Address:
210 First St., S.W., Ste. 420
Zip Code: