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CAREERS

Join our fight for justice.

We are building the most talented, passionate, and diverse office of prosecutors and support staff in the country. Come join us as we work to improve the criminal justice system. 

Our office is leading the nation in implementing progressive policies in criminal justice reform. We have opportunities for you to join us as a full-time attorney, paralegal or victim and witness liaison, and also through internships and research assistantships. 

If you want to be a part of this exciting effort, we want to hear from you.  

 

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“In order to effect real and lasting reforms of our criminal justice system, we must make sure they are inclusive and representative of the communities they serve.”

LARRY KRASNER
District Attorney
City of Philadelphia

CAREERS: LEGAL HIRING

Building a team that reflects the diversity and empathy we want to see in the criminal justice system 

We’re going the extra mile to forge a team of the best and the brightest that looks like Philadelphia, shares our values, and has a demonstrated commitment to justice and fairness.  

Over the last few years, we have redoubled our efforts by: 

  • Broadening our geographic reach. We recruit at all top-ranked law schools around the country, as well as our large, local law schools, in search of candidates with well-rounded experiences and perspectives.
  • Engaging with HBCUs and other schools known for their diverse, high-achieving student bodies. We have spoken to hundreds of students at HBCUs and have strong participation in affinity spaces such as the National Black Prosecutors Association, all to help us build a more inclusive office.
  • Bringing talent home. We actively seek candidates who were raised in Philadelphia but graduated from colleges and law schools elsewhere and are now ready to return home to help change their communities for the better.  
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DATA LAB: MEASURING JUSTICE

All our strategic efforts to build the team whose impact could be felt for generations are making a difference. Of the new class of prosecutors:
  • Two-fifths of all new hires are people of color. Before 2018, less than a third were.
  • Many are from top law schools, including HBCUs.
  • Two percent identify as non-binary.
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“The District Attorney, Judge Temin and I know that the assistant district attorneys we handpick represent the most important legacy of this administration.”
“It’s what they’re going to do after we are long gone that’s going to be truly transformative.”

ROBERT LISTENBEE
First Assistant District Attorney

CAREERS: LEADERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Senior leadership is deeply committed to finding the right candidates to work in challenging roles in our office.  

District Attorney Larry Krasner and First Assistant District Attorneys Robert Listenbee and Judge Carolyn Temin commit significant time traveling and recruiting and interviewing prosecutor candidates.  The First Assistants are also heavily involved in recruiting and interviewing support staff candidates as well. 

This deep commitment is required if we are to bring about culture change, generate new policies, and realize the changes our communities need to be more safe and just.  

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“The young attorneys who join us represent the cream of the crop and our Office’s highest standards.”
“They come here to work with District Attorney Larry Krasner, to be a part of his monumental mission, putting our collective ideas into action.”

DEBORAH WATSON-STOKES
Supervisor
Municipal Court Unit

Meet a few of our talented staff from across the office.

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“Being in the military and the police department really gave me a sense of what people are going through.”
“Having that background helps me recognize that every situation is different and needs to be treated individually.”

PERNELL JACKSON
Assistant District Attorney

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“I’m inspired by countless workers who take on the burden of fighting injustice while also working to make ends meet.”

“When I see people who won’t settle for their own individual economic security and wellbeing, but continue to fight against institutionalized oppression for the greater good, I am motivated to strive for a society where everyone is compensated fairly for work in a safe, respectful environment.”

DANIELLE NEWSOME
Assistant District Attorney

“I joined the DAO because I wanted to be part of a progressive prosecutor’s office. On top of that, when I first visited the office after receiving my job offer, I met attorneys and staff who were dedicated to their jobs, welcoming, and warm. As a non-binary person, finding a workplace where I can be my full self can be challenging. From my first visit to the office, my pronouns were, and continued to be, respected. ”

LINDSEY DENNIS
Assistant District Attorney