Employment Application Form

Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office

Assistant District Attorney (General Opening)


Assistant District Attorney (ADA) 


Division Chief and First Assistant District Attorney 


Full-Time, Exempt 

ABOUT THE ORLEANS PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (OPDA):  Jason Rogers Williams took office as the Orleans Parish District Attorney on January 11,  2021, and is building a 21st century prosecutors’ office with a team of the best and brightest  lawyers from around the country and a mission of being as smart on crime as the office has historically been tough on crime. New Orleans has led the world in convictions and  incarceration for decades, without any corresponding decrease in crime. OPDA is  simultaneously increasing safety and delivering justice with a laser focus on serious  offenses and a belief that every New Orleanian deserves the presumption of innocence. 


To represent the State of Louisiana in all criminal matters before courts with jurisdiction in  Orleans Parish. These courts include, but are not limited to: Municipal and Traffic Court,  Juvenile Court, Criminal District Court, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, the  Louisiana Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and  the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

ADAs are generally assigned to one of OPDA’s five primary legal divisions: Juvenile  Division, Screening Division, Trials Division, Appeals Division, and Civil Rights Division.  Within the Juvenile and Trials Divisions, ADAs are generally assigned to specific sections of  court. ADAs may also be assigned to one of several specialized, in-house units: Domestic  Violence Unit, Narcotics Unit, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Unit, and Violent Crimes  Unit. 

Typical duties include: reviewing felony and misdemeanor cases for prosecution; interacting with law enforcement, victims, and witnesses; drafting bills of information, motions, and  other pleadings; preparing discovery; performing legal research; appearing and arguing in  court with regularity; developing trial strategies and conducting plea negotiations; and  conducting jury selection and trials.


  • Member of the Louisiana Bar in good standing, or 3L student or recent law school  graduate planning to take the Louisiana bar exam 
  • Ability to conduct legal research and apply legal analysis to factual scenarios Public speaking ability and effective communication skills
  • Comfort with technology, including ability to learn case management software Ability to work flexible hours, including some weeks of over 40 hours Dependability in both attendance and work product


Salary commensurate with experience. New ADA hires may be eligible for: 

  • Enrollment in the City of New Orleans health insurance plan 
  • 6.44 hours of sick leave and no fewer than 6.44 hours of vacation leave per  month (6.44 hours per month = approximately 10 days per year) 
  • Enrollment in the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Retirement System
  • Enrollment in the Louisiana Public Employees Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program 
  • A generous paid holiday schedule 
  • Frequent, free opportunities for Continuing Legal Education and other relevant  training 


Submit a completed Employment Application Form, and supporting documents, as  instructed on the form. 

ADA applications are considered on a rolling basis. 


OPDA is an equal opportunity employer. The office values a diverse workforce and  management reflective of the communities that it serves. OPDA adheres to a policy of  making employment, promotion, and other personnel decisions without regard to race,  culture, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status,  caregiver status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship, age, or disability. 


OPDA is dedicated to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and  inclusion. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge,  inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that OPDA  employees invest in their work represents a significant part of the office’s culture, reputation,  and achievement. OPDA embraces and encourages employees’ differences in age, color,  disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national  origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make its employees unique.