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.
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.
Awards & Acknowledgements
View the awards and recognition PDS has achieved over the years.
PDS is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees and led by Director Heather N. Pinckney and Deputy Director Rudolph Acree, Jr.
PDS offers a variety of training programs for the D.C. legal community.
PDS Historical Timeline
For more than 60 years, PDS has led the nation in providing exceptional advocacy and quality legal representation.