Fort Pierce Office

19th Circuit Public Defender's Office  
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We Need You!


The office is dedicated to providing substantive experience to matriculating law school and university students.

  • Law school students intern under the supervision of senior attorneys, and assist with all aspects of client representation. A resume should be submitted when applying for an internship; along with any law school requirements. Federal Work Study information can be obtained through the institution’s Financial Aid Office.

  • Law school students with CLI status may be employed by the Office of the Public Defender, 19th Judicial Circuit, prior to taking the Florida Bar Exam.

  • Students matriculating in social work, psychology, sociology, or criminal justice have internship opportunities with the Client Services Program’s Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and, Juvenile Client Services; and, with the Offender Re-Entry Program clients.

  • Students matriculating in Paralegal and Legal Secretarial Studies may put course work into practice by interning to assist attorneys

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Volunteers Positions

Volunteer for the “Best Place in Town to Work”
(Treasure Coast Job Coalition Award, 2002)

  • Secretarial volunteers assist secretaries organize case files for attorney review and preparation for trial.
  • High School Students looking to fulfill volunteer hours for the Bright Futures Scholarship can benefit from this opportunity to be of assistance and to learn about the justice system.

  • Offender Re-Entry Program volunteers help prepare clients for re-entry into their community, upon release from jail. Volunteers generally help clients with a myriad of needs: presenting “life skills” topics to clients in a controlled jail setting; serving as a mentor once a client has been released from jail; assisting with locating employers for a client; and, finding housing or needed transportation, to name a few.


Effective July 1, 2006 - Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. SB 80/Chapter 2006-232, Laws of Florida (Public Records Law Regarding E-mail) Link to External Website