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ProfileChief Deputy Public Defender Duties: The candidate is responsible for the operation of a program that provides legal counsel and representation to eligible persons as defined in Section 27706 of the Government Code, Section 987 of the Penal Code, Sections 1470 and 1471 of the Probate Code, Sections 317, 634 and 6500 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and other statutory provisions governing the Public Defender. Responsible for day-to-day operation of the Public Defender's Office. Provides input to the Public Defender regarding office policies, procedures and goals based on legal analysis of appellate issues, new legislation, or other case or system issues/problems. Provides input for budget preparation regarding office needs. Represents the Public Defender's Office at public and professional meetings. Directs, trains and evaluates professional staff. Supervises office units: Adult Misdemeanor, Adult Felony, Juvenile, Mental Health, Writs and Appeals and Probate. Supervises and evaluates performance of professional staff. Reviews training programs and compliance with State Bar of California Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements. Makes court appearances, as necessary, to fill in for unavailable staff. Recommends staff attorney assignments; makes routine case assignments; determines eligibility for services; approves conflicts of interest and reviews cases to decide if appeals or writs should be filed. Represents clients in selected litigation. Provides input on procedures and organization for the delivery of legal services. Approves expenditure of resources for retention of expert witnesses and laboratory testing. Confers with judges and other justice system members as to policies and procedures, problem solving, and system-wide computer information exchange issues.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification : The candidate should have graduation from law school and 7+ years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, which includes 2+ years of intensive trial experience. Must be an active member of the California State Bar Association in good standing. Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license. Must have thorough knowledge of: the canons of professional ethics of the American Bar Association and related provisions of the California Bar Act;the philosophy and practices of the Public Defender in the United States; the duties, procedures and responsibilities of the Public Defender's Office; case problem identification practices; legal research methods, rules of evidence, conduct of court proceedings; legal principles and their application with emphasis on criminal law; and principles of personnel management and supervision. Superior research and writing skills in the field of criminal defense is desirable. Experience working in the writs and appeals unit of a public defender's office is desirable. Experience briefing and/or arguing before a District Court of Appeals or before the California Supreme Court is desirable. Experience as a presenting speaker at a professional criminal defense seminar is desirable. Experience as a research and writing attorney and/or clerkship for a judge is desirable. Certification by the State Bar as a Specialist in Appellate Law is desirable. Experience filing an amicus brief is desirable. Experience filing a petition to the California Supreme Court is desirable. Participation as a Board member in a professional criminal defense association is desired.
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Ventura County Public Defender's Office
800 S. VICTORIA AVE.
Ventura, CA 93009