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The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office (SPD)
The SPD has been providing “justice for all” since 1977, and is an independent, executive-branch state agency that ensures Wisconsin meets its constitutional requirement of providing legal representation to the indigent.

The SPD is proud of its mission and its vision. Mission statement: To promote justice throughout Wisconsin by providing high-quality legal services, protecting individual rights, and advocating as a criminal justice partner for effective defender services and a fair and rational criminal justice system. Vision statement: Working together, the Wisconsin State Public Defender Office will lead the way in protecting justice for all.
The agency provides legal representation to the indigent throughout the state in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Organizationally, the SPD has 36 local trial offices, 2 appellate offices and a central administrative office. The agency utilizes staff attorneys as well as contract private attorneys (to handle conflict and overflow cases).

Interns in pre-law or business are encouraged to apply. The internship can be customized to the interns interest but provides opportunities in the following area:

  • Assist with filing (opening and closing cases)
  • Shadow court proceedings
  • Office support

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Junior or senior standing preferred.

Organization Details

Ashland County Public Defender 101 Main St W #207 Ashland, Wisconsin 54806 Website