Contract Opportunities

02-230104-01: Right to Counsel - Contract Attorney

Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

We are excited to announce several openings for contract attorneys to represent tenants in eviction proceedings in Jackson, Clay, and Platte County courts.

Job Number:  02-230104-01:  Right to Counsel - Contract Attorney

Company Name:  Legal Aid of Western Missouri

 We are excited to announce several openings for contract attorneys to represent tenants in eviction proceedings in Jackson, Clay, and Platte County courts.

Contract work is available for attorneys with landlord-tenant dispute experience or those willing to receive training. The contract work will help us address the overwhelming need for legal representation for those facing eviction as we work to prevent homelessness.

Contract attorneys will be paid $400/per case.

Applicants must be licensed to practice in Missouri and be in good standing with The Missouri Bar.

Interested Parties/How to Apply:     

Please submit your resume to Legal Aid of Western Missouri, attention: Sara Powell at

Posted: January 4, 2023
01-221215-01: Attorney

St. Louis County Circuit Court

Clayton, Missouri

The Juvenile Division of the Family Court of St. Louis County is seeking three (3) attorneys (one for each of the following Divisions - 39, 61 and 62) to serve as guardians ad litem and attorneys for parents in child protection cases.

These are three (3) newly created positions.

Job Number:  01-221215-01: Attorney

Company Name:  St. Louis County Circuit Court (Family Court)

An attorney who serves the Court must commit to serve on various Family Court (Juvenile) cases on an as needed basis for a monthly retainer to be paid by public funds.

The current retainer is in the amount of $2,300.00 per month. Payments for time expended in adoption, guardianship of minor, and termination of parental rights matters may be made over and above the retainer fee by outside agencies including but not limited to Children’s Division.

Graduation from an accredited law school, possession of a current license to practice law in the State of Missouri, up to three (3) years of trial experience preferred; preferably in juvenile or family law (additional years of trial experience and guardian ad litem experience are highly preferred), and completion of necessary guardian ad litem training as required by the Supreme Court of Missouri. Note: This position is subject to continued availability of funding.

Interested Parties/How to Apply:     

Questionnaires and Candidate Instructions may be obtained by sending a resume, along with a cover letter, to or to the following address: 

Family Court of St. Louis County
Attn: Human Resources Department
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, Missouri 63105

The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2023


Please contact the Human Resources Department at 615-4471 (voice) or RelayMo 711 or 800-735-2966 if you need any accommodations in the application process, or if you would like this posting in an alternative form. 

Posted: December 15, 2022
02-221212-01: Contract Public Defender

Missouri State Public Defender

Statewide within Missouri

Join the team of private attorneys who uphold the Sixth Amendment right to counsel in your area of the state as one of Missouri's Contract Public Defenders (also referred to as Panel Attorneys or Special Public Defenders).

The Missouri State Public Defender seeks attorneys in private practice in Missouri to serve as independent contractors who provide legal representation to indigent clients charged with criminal offenses facing the possibility of incarceration.

Job Number:  02-221212-01: Contract Public Defender

Company Name:  Missouri State Public Defender

The Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) utilizes Panel Attorneys who accept individual case assignments on a contract basis as Contract Public Defenders.

MSPD panel attorneys serve as independent contractors and are able to maintain their current law practices. Panel attorneys select the judicial circuits in which they accept cases as well as the types of cases they accept. Contract rates are paid per case and vary depending on the case type. MSPD pays mileage, additional compensation for days spent in trial, and covers necessary litigation expenses when requested and pre-approved. Panel attorneys obtain important courtroom and trial experience and can attend some MSPD training events.

Public Defenders serve a critical mission - to ensure that indigent members of the local community are afforded their right to zealous legal representation regardless of their ability to pay.

Join the team of private attorneys who uphold the Sixth Amendment right to counsel in your area of the State.

Apply to become a Contract Public Defender.

Interested Parties/How to Apply:     

Attorneys wishing to be eligible to receive contract cases from MSPD must submit a Panel Attorney Application.

Panel Attorney Applications can be obtained via the MSPD website at or by emailing

Send completed applications by mail, fax, or email to:

Missouri State Public Defender
Attn: Case Contracting
Woodrail Centre
1000 W. Nifong, Building 7, Suite 100
Columbia, Missouri  65203

Fax: 573-777-9976


Posted: December 12, 2022