Orleans Public Defenders

The mission of the Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) is to provide each eligible client with client-centered legal representation of the highest quality – zealous, conscientious, caring, professional, ethical and skilled – whether in criminal, juvenile or municipal/traffic court.

WHAT YOU DO

Students serving in Client Services perform initial intake for clients with OPD. Tasks include but are not limited to intake interviews, bond calls, preparing case files, and documentation of client information for each case in a personalized intake memo.

*Students serving at OPD must sign up for and attend 10 volunteer shifts. All shifts are scheduled to be between 3 and 4 hours long, but may end early. Therefore, students must be willing to serve more hours than most service learning courses require, possibly up to 40 hours.

WHAT YOU LEARN

Students will learn the ins and outs of the criminal justice system in New Orleans and the defendants' initial interaction with the system. They will also develop interpersonal and communication skills by interacting with everyone involved in the system from indigent arrestees to the lawyers representing them. They will also gain experience in interviewing, memo-writing and critical thinking.

INTERACTIONS

Adults who are facing criminal charges or prosecution • who have been incarcerated • with a criminal history • with low literacy

PRESERVICE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Attend an on-campus session • Fri, Jan. 16 • 6-8pm • Multimedia room 2, Monroe Library • Bring your resume, pen and paper.
  2. Students interested in serving with OPD should be prepared to have their resume reviewed.
  3. Students will also be required to attend on-site training sessions. 
  4. Complete online cell phone etiquette training
  5. Complete online email etiquette training.

DAYS & TIMES

Mon - Fri Sat Sun
8:30am - 12:30pm;
1:30pm - 5:30pm;
6:00pm - 9:30pm
9am - 12pm;
3pm - 7pm
9am - 12pm;
3pm - 7pm

 

TRANSPORTATION
2601 Tulane Avenue, Suite 700
Maps & directions

Biking • 30 min 
Public transit • 50 min 
Driving • 12 min, off-street parking available

CONTACT
Sam Joseph
Client Advocate
sjoseph@opdla.org
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Nathan Fennell
Client Advocate
nfennell@opdla.org
504.827.7047