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ProfileDefender Attorney The candidate meets with the client prior to all critical stages of the prosecution. Assures that the client's case proceeds in a timely manner. Keeps the client informed about the case and promptly responds to the client's requests for information. Timely prepares and files all papers necessary to effectively represent the client. Devotes an appropriate amount of time to maintaining a current knowledge of applicable law. Abides by all applicable codes of ethics and professional responsibility; seeks guidance on ethical issues. Performs other related duties as required or requested.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school. Must have existing license to practice law in PA; Must also show six (6) months of experience as one of the following: a public defender, criminal defense attorney, attorney for a public interest advocacy organization involved with the criminal justice, juvenile delinquency or mental health systems, a judicial law clerk, or an attorney with 50+ hours or 6 months of experience in an indigent pro bono project sponsored by a bar association or 501 (c)(3) organization OR as a law student, must show participation in a clinic, internship or clerkship (paid or unpaid) with any of the aforementioned entities or court of record, membership of law review, graduation in the top half of their law school class or other indication of academic excellence. A demonstrated commitment to working with diverse communities and a challenging population is preferred. Must have knowledge of: PA Rules of Criminal and Appellate Procedure, PA Rules of Evidence, and other applicable law. should have ability to: Assess client situations and communicate, both orally and in writing; Work with a diverse, challenging client population; Maintain the confidentiality of client information; Maintain civility in relationships with all clients, co-workers, judges, court personnel, opposing counsel, law enforcement officers, witnesses and the general public, while zealously advocating on behalf of the client. Operate a personal computer for word processing, computerized legal research, and related functions.
Allegheny County Public Defender
542 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219