Steve Holmgren, chief public defender for the 1st District, stands near his office in downtown Chaska. He said he received 160 applications for two attorney openings. Being a public defender can be “a fairly thankless job,” he says. “You could have as many as 100 open files at once. You need to be a self-motivator who can trudge on.” (Staff photo: Bill Klotz)
Public defender hiring is on the rise
The Minnesota board of public defense hopes to add about 25 additional full time attorneys across the state by the middle of the summer.