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February 06, 2006

But Montana's PD reform continues

As Arbitrary and Capricious notes, Montana's new public defender has just told all chief and deputy public defenders in the state that their jobs have been eliminated. This makes sense because the state is moving from a public defender system in which PDs were county employees to one in which all PDs will be state employees.

So what does this mean for a soon-to-graduate law student who would like to become a public defender in Montana? I have no idea. The one report we have of this says that “The terminated chief and deputy chief public defenders can apply for the regional and public defender jobs, according to Hood's letter.” So I assume that most—it not all—former chief and deputy PDs will end up doing much the same thing they do now; the only difference is they will report to the state's chief public defender rather than to a county board. If that's the case, this move won't create any PD vacancies in the state, meaning this move won't change my chances of getting a job there.

I could be wrong, though. I hope so. Fat Tire is widely available throughout Montana.

Other posts about Montana's new public defender system:

Posted February 6, 2006 09:23 AM | Montana crimlaw

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Oh, how I love me the Fat Tire beer.

Posted by: Sanchovilla at February 6, 2006 06:20 PM

Did you get the info on the Mojave County, AZ, PD program offering $40,000 in loan repayment along with a $51,000 starting salary?

Posted by: Steve at February 7, 2006 01:13 AM

Steve: That would be a no, so thanks for passing it along. I will definitely investigate...

Posted by: ambibm at February 7, 2006 12:30 PM

You should check out the Wisconsin State public defender's

Posted by: Jasmine at February 7, 2006 12:33 PM

have you had trout slayer?

Posted by: m at February 7, 2006 09:26 PM

M: Does trout slayer have anything to do do with Buffy and vampires? But no, I haven't tried it. Is it available in the DC area?

Jasmine: Yeah, I definitely have to get my app in to Wisconsin. So much to do!

Steve: Dude. That deal is awesome. Thanks for passing it along. But Kingman. I'm trying to get my mind around that part of it.

Posted by: ambimb at February 8, 2006 10:12 AM

it's a microbrew out of missoula. i think it's only available in mt. it's really good.

but now i keep thinking of "buffy the trout slayer" and that's just marvelous.

Posted by: m at February 12, 2006 08:44 AM

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