Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Thank You for Your Support

I'm curious what kind of support staff other public defenders have at their offices. At my old office in Texas, we had one office manager, one receptionist, three secretaries, six investigators, and a Spanish interpreter. These people supported the approximately 60 attorneys in the felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and family sections. At my new office, we have an office manager, two receptionists, five investigators, one social worker, and an unknown number of legal secretaries and file clerks. These support the approximately 20 attorneys that work in our felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and family sections. It is a huge disparity, and one of the best things about this office as compared to my previous office. Right now, I share a legal secretary with two other attorneys! Two! That's what I had when I was at my fancy schmancy civil firm. I don't know if other offices in Washington or like this or if I just lucked out big-time, but it really makes a huge difference to not have so much of my time taken up by routine paperwork and scheduling appointments.

The other bonus for me is that my secretary also loves Veronica Mars. I already knew how awesome she was, but finding out this new information just makes me love her more!


Blogger Ruth said...

You guys have file clerks?!? I'm so jealous! We do our own. And all our secretaries really have time for is opening cases.

10/18/2006 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Gideon said...

2 investigators, 2 clerks, 2 paralegals and one secretary.

Just our office though, not the whole division.

10/18/2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger Poverty Lawyer 1 said...

Since the new boss came, we're on the increase. We've added a couple investigators and we're about to add another secretary, another investigator, and an appellate section (4 or 5 attorneys, I think).

10/19/2006 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

In the office I'm in now, there are 13 attorneys, 4 investigators, an office manager, 4 secretaries and a receptionist/filing clerk.

In my old office, there were three attorneys, one investigator, one Office Manager and one part-time secretary.

10/21/2006 4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our office has four attorneys, an office manager, two investigators, a receptionist and a killer secretary. With that said, I would love to have a sentencing advocate/ mitigation specialist available for trying to help get clients (usually probationers) plugged in to the social safety net and keep them from re-offending.

10/23/2006 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 attorneys, one investigator, one secretary/receptionist/office administrator, one part time file clerk.

11/27/2006 10:37 AM  

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