John R Justice

The John R. Justice State Loan Repayment program provides financial assistance to licensed attorneys who commit to working three years in state or local prosecutor offices or in public defender offices operated by federal, state, or local, or tribal government entities. Attorneys who make the three-year commitment and meet program requirements will be eligible to have a portion of their outstanding student loan debt forgiven.

The national program, established by Congress in 2008, encourages attorneys to enter or remain in public service positions as prosecutors or public defenders. Fund allocations are determined by each state's population.

Annual award amounts are contingent upon available funding. If funds are insufficient to pay all eligible applicants, awards will be based on “least ability to pay.” Preference will be given to renewal applicants who continue to meet eligibility requirements. Additionally, applicants who are not already receiving benefits under another repayment program will receive priority consideration.

The 2015 application cycle for the John R. Justice State Loan Repayment Program is a targeted application cycle to balance the ratio of public defenders/prosecutors.  This is specifically to recruit 3 additional prosecutors from the following Divisions and Districts:  Division II, District 3 (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties) and Division III, District 2 (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Walla Walla and Whitman Counties) or Division III, District 3 (Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima Counties).  However, in the event that there are no eligible applicants from the above counties, prosecutors from other areas will be considered.  Applications must be submitted no later July 31, 2015.

2015-16 John R. Justice Loan Repayment Application (Word version)

2015-16 John R. Justice Loan Repayment Application (PDF)

2015-16 John R. Justice Initial Service Agreement

2015-16 John R. Justice Employer Verification Form