The Spokane County Public Defender is established to implement the Constitutional and legislatively mandated obligation to provide effective representation to individuals entitled to but unable to afford legal counsel. The office's mission is to responsibly use community resources to provide quality, professional independent and effective representation to all clients appointed to the office.
Attorney staff are required to adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct and maintain the integrity of their professional relationship with their client. All staff are required to strictly observe client confidentiality, and to represent the office professionally in all of their dealings. All staff are to treat all clients with courtesy, dignity and respect at all times, regardless of the case or circumstances.
Hours and Location
All of our staff and offices are located at:
Spokane County Public Defender
1033 W. Gardner
Spokane, WA 99201
We are on the north edge of the Spokane County Courthouse campus, one lot west of the intersection of Monroe & Gardner streets.
Fax: 509-477-2567 *
* There are over 50 attorneys in our office. If you send a fax, PLEASE name which attorney the fax is directed to.
View a map of the courthouse campus.
Other Public Defenders: Some cases originally assigned to this office may be re-assigned to a completely separate public defender office, "Counsel for Defense" (also called CFD). That office is located on the 4th floor of the main courthouse annex, and can be reached at 509-477-4900.
There is very little parking at our office. The few spaces available have coin operated meters. In certain very limited cases our receptionist may be able to provide a parking pass.
Our doors are open and our telephones are answered 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are closed on holidays.
Location & Mailing Address
Public Defender's Office
1033 West Gardner
Gardner Court Building
Spokane, WA 99260
Phone: (509) 477-4246
Fax: (509) 477-2567
Office Departments and Contacts
|Director: John Rodgers
|Chief Deputy: Scott Mason
|Felony Supervisor: Doug Boe
|Misdemeanor Supervisor: Jay Ames
|Juvenile Supervisor: George Caplan
|Dependency Supervisor: Tim Gallagher
|Civil Commitment contact: Amy Sullivan
|Truancy, CHINS, ARY contact: David Carter
|Drug Court contact: Rik Wallis
|Clerk / Intern contact person: George Caplan
|Office Manager: Julie Curtis
Attorneys seeking employment in this office must be members in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association, or be eligible to practice under APR 8(c). From time to time we also hire third year law students who have secured a limited license under APR 9.
All applications for both attorney and staff positions must be handled through Spokane County Human Resources Department at 1229 W. Mallon, Spokane, WA 99260-0230, 509-477-5750.
When the Public Defender has a legal or non-legal position to fill, applications are accepted at the Spokane County Human Resources Department, and a list of eligible applicants is forwarded to this office. We must hire from this list.
Human Resources will post legal and non-legal positions from time to time. Click here to view current Spokane County Job Postings.