About Us

Welcome to the website for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS).  We hope you will find the information you seek about PDS and our legal services, our recruiting programs and current job opportunities, and our training programs and related materials for professional development. 

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Our Mission and Purpose

PDS provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia.

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Awards & Acknowledgements

View the awards and recognition PDS has achieved over the years.

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Our Leadership

PDS is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees and led by Director Heather N. Pinckney and Deputy Director Rudolph Acree, Jr.

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Legal Services Divisions

Learn about our legal services divisions.
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Legal Support Services Divisions

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Upcoming Events

PDS offers a variety of training programs for the D.C. legal community.

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PDS Historical Timeline

For more than 60 years, PDS has led the nation in providing exceptional advocacy and quality legal representation.

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Annual Reports

Learn about PDS's annual accomplishments.

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