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ProfileAssistant Public Defender II The candidate will be responsible for litigating cases handled by the Circuit Public Defender Office. Write legal opinions, interprets laws. Primary duties include representing indigent clients with criminal case(s) in Superior Court. Conduct legal research including researching precedents. Provide recommendations and advice on the legal implications of current processes affecting cases; functions as co-counsel at trials, assisting the supervising attorney as needed. May train and supervise law student interns. Provide advice, counsel, support and technical assistance to supervising attorney on a variety of legal matters. Respond to requests for information and provides answers, opinions, and recommendations regarding legal issues. Advise supervising attorney on all matters affected by applicable laws and regulations and of legal ramifications. Respond to inquiries regarding legal determinations and disseminates written responses or reports to interested parties. Review subpoenas, court orders, affidavits, and other legal documents in order to advise staff. Assist in the coordination and implementation of due process procedures and procedures for appeals as provided for in applicable legislation. Prepares and coordinates cases prior to and during court trials and subsequent appeals. Conduct legal research, analyzes statutes, case law, evidence and other relevant information in order to develop case strategies. Appear with and for defendants in court, making appropriate legal motions, pleas, and arguments on points of law. Participate in jury selection; may make opening statements and final arguments and summations in the defense of the accused. Prepare petitions, briefs, arguments, motions, pleadings, and other legal instruments, reports, and correspondence, and argues in the appropriate forum trial or mitigation phase. Present oral arguments in applicable forum, presents evidence, conducts direct and cross-examination of witnesses, asks appropriate questions and follow-ups. Participate in the preparation and coordination of cases prior to and during court trials. Investigate cases, gathers information, and identifies and reviews facts and issues in the preparation for trials in order to determine facts of the case. Gather documents, secures and prepares appropriate witnesses, prepares exhibits, and/or prepares for court appearance. Compile and submit evidence, legal documents, reports, and statements in connection with litigation/mitigation. Comply with continuing requirements to improve effectiveness. Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals, and other literature as well as attending related and mandatory seminars and/or conferences. Apply pertinent new knowledge to performance and other responsibilities. Accept and carry out responsibility for personal growth. Attend professional education programs/seminars as mandated by law. Incorporate knowledge of pertinent new trends and developments in the field into the performance of responsibilities. Create and maintain a high performance environment characterized by positive leadership and a strong team orientation. Define goals and/or required results at the beginning of performance period and gains acceptance of ideas by creating a shared vision. Communicate regularly with staff on progress toward defined goals and/or required results, providing specific feedback and initiating corrective action when defined goals and/or results are not met. Interact with all levels of state government in a way that promotes respect, encourages cooperation, and contributes to excellent performance. Treat all customers fairly, giving no one preferential treatment. Communicate accurate information to all other customers in a professional and courteous manner that conveys a willingness to assist. Accept direction and feedback from supervisors and follows through appropriately. Accept responsibility for mistakes and takes action to prevent similar occurrences. Use as appropriate, established channels of communication.
Qualification and Experience
Completion of a law degree and license to practice law in the State OR Eligibility to sit for the next state Bar examination required. 1+ year of relevant legal experience OR 1+ year of experience at the lower level as an Assistant Public Defender I required. Knowledge of statutes, court decisions, state and federal laws and regulations and departmental policy required. Ability: to perform research and analysis; to draft legal instruments, contracts, proposed legislation and legal opinions; to analyze, appraise and organize facts and present such materials in clear and logical form for oral and written presentation; to determine compliance with rules and regulations required. Preference is 2 – 4 years of criminal experience. Superior organizational skills and a strong commitment to indigent defense are also required.
Job Code: LEP021. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and State Sensitive Position Employment Application.