Diversity and Inclusion

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Values

Culture: Every person and client at MSPD matters. We actively seek varied perspectives in our decision-making and inclusiveness in every area of our work.

Integrity: We act ethically and do what is right.

Respect: We treat others with courtesy and civility.

Collaboration: We trust each other and work cooperatively across divisions to create better outcomes for our clients and enhance our peoples’ experience at work.

Legal Excellence: We consistently learn, train and educate ourselves about vulnerable communities to zealously represent our client.


The Missouri State Public Defender System is a dynamic state agency comprised of bright and talented team members from different backgrounds who further our mission to provide high quality, zealous advocacy for indigent people who are accused of crime in our state.

We believe that Diversity and Inclusion is a lifelong process that we commit ourselves to. We continuously learn and look for ways to implement inclusion and belonging within our system through ally-ship and understanding, education, training, recruitment and retention.

As a system of hundreds of Missouri Defenders and Staff, we recognize that each one of us adds a different lived experience that helps us do this important work for the people of Missouri. We know that our diverse experiences together strengthen our representation for our clients, who come from different backgrounds, races, religions, genders and abilities.

We believe in culture, integrity, respect, collaboration and legal excellence within our system and hold each other accountable. We use these values to guide us to include diverse experiences and perspectives in our decision making. The Missouri State Public Defender continues and commits to build and educate ourselves to promote a diverse and inclusive work place in each office, for every team member, and for every client.