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Capital Defender Duties : Reports to the Executive Director and serves at the pleasure of the agencyâ€™s Commission. Serves as the lead trial counsel and supervising trial attorney for the Northern Capital Defenderâ€™s Office and is responsible for all aspects of capital defense including reviewing defense team work, responding to questions and offering directions for case preparation, trial strategies, client contacts and communications, plea negotiation and sentencing advocacy. In addition to capital trial defense, recruits, hires and supervises attorneys and support staff and ensures the necessary training and continuing education is offered so that high-quality legal services are delivered to clients. The Capital Defender is also responsible for office budget responsibilities and completion of timely and accurate administrative reports and documentation.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification : Must be either Capital Trial Lead Counsel Certified by the VIDC or immediately eligible for waiver as well as possess extensive training and experience in criminal litigation, death penalty litigation, felony practice at trial and appeal and analysis and introduction of forensic evidence. Must be familiar with the requisite court system and be able to communicate effectively with agencies and individuals that interact with the Public Defenderâ€™s office. Significant experience in Capital litigation required. Must be a member in good standing with the Virginia State Bar and possess comprehensive knowledge of Virginia Criminal law, Constitutional law and the Standards of Practice. Must demonstrate considerable knowledge of principles of management and a proficiency and commitment to defending the rights and dignity of its clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. Trial experience in Capital cases preferred.
Position Number 60301, Job Posting Number 1033128. Send Resume; Cover Letter.
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