Job Details

Legal Assistant Ii

Company name

Metropolitan Public Defender Services

Organization Type


Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Sep 11, 2020

Valid Through

Dec 25, 2020

Posted on

Apr 22, 2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 26090 to 39491 Annually


Hillsboro, OR, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Legal Assistant II
The candidate will work directly with attorneys and investigators to assist in the zealous representation of indigent clients. Will serve as liaison between client, attorney, client’s family and elements of the criminal justice system; assess client needs, refer as appropriate to Alternatives Advocate; and coordinate necessary services. Screen all cases for conflicts. Conduct initial and subsequent interviews under the direction of an attorney. These interviews can take place in the office, at the jail facility or over the phone. Initiate client notification of court dates and other appointments, as appropriate. Obtain, analyze and disseminate pertinent records including court, medical, military, criminal and psychological; review sentencing reports, and prepares appropriate support documents; review presentence reports. Coordinate medical and/or psychological attention for clients, coordinate transportation for clients, as necessary. Maintain an organized caseload and current filing system; assist with clerical functions as required; maintain accurate and legible records including current log notes; and make photocopies and generate computer reports. Update court appearances, advise staff of schedules and changes, make frequent contact with court docketing personnel to facilitate the smooth flow of case information. Prepare and submit with appropriate documentation requests for trial expenses beyond those normally allowed. Determine witness expenses, including expert witnesses, and submit for authorization and payment per appropriate procedure. May assist with client pickup. Participate actively in the training of new hires and other staff in the duties, responsibilities and methods of conducting the work assigned to Legal Assistant 2’s. Participate actively and appropriately in the zealous representation of clients, and in client advocacy. Participate in team meetings for case review and discussion of office-related issues; maintain flow of case-related information between team members assigned to each case, between teams, within groups and throughout the office, as appropriate; assist the team in accomplishing its goals. Maintain availability to other staff members for consultation and education; participate in training programs; maintain current knowledge of programs pertinent to clients. Maintain a professional demeanor within and outside the office. Participate actively in the performance appraisal process, staff meetings, office committees, projects and training, as required. Train backup personnel, as assigned. Other duties, as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have high school diploma or GED. Education or experience working in the legal or social service field is preferred. General knowledge of proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and capitalization is needed. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) required. Should have ability to: access clients and witnesses in correctional facilities (may preclude employees and applicants arrested and jailed); testify in court without impeachment (may preclude employees and applicants convicted of certain crimes within the prior 15 years); travel to the courthouse or other criminal justice system facilities to see clients and witnesses, or to testify in court; and transport or arrange for the transportation of files, trial notebooks, evidence, exhibits, and
other related materials to and from the courthouse and other criminal justice system facilities.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Metropolitan Public Defender Services
630 5th Avenue SW,
Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

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