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ProfileAssistant Capital Defender (Attorney) The candidate will be responsible for protecting and defending the rights and dignity of the clients. Will provide effective assistance of counsel in accordance with the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, including: Courtroom advocacy in pre-trial, trial, and post-trial proceedings; Development and maintenance of positive and productive working relationships with clients and significant other case participants; Legal research, analysis, and writing of motions and briefs; Investigation and preparation of evidence for pre-trial hearings, trials, and post-trial hearings; Development and implementation of case theory, investigation, and litigation strategies; Preparation for pre-trial, trial, and post-trial negotiations and litigation; Identification, selection, preparation, and presentation of expert witnesses; Attendance at, and participation in, in-house and external trainings directed to improving and enhancing the attorney's skill set in the provision of capital defender services; Providing litigation support on a consultative basis to other capital defense practitioners; Additional services and duties as the needs of the office dictate.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a license to practice law. Must be admitted to the Virginia State Bar or licensed in another state and eligible to be admitted to Virginia within a reasonable amount of time. Experience in death penalty litigation; Experience or training concerning mental health issues associated with the criminal justice system; Experience working with disadvantaged client groups. Computer literacy, including but not limited to, the use of Microsoft Office applications, as well as spreadsheet, database programs, and case management software. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment. Significant criminal defense experience, including, but not limited to serious violent felony trial experience. Experience in the analysis and introduction into evidence of forensic evidence. A demonstrated commitment to working with indigent clients. A commitment to excellence in the provision of capital defender services. Have strengths in team work, client relations, and relationship building. Skill and experience in written and oral advocacy including attention to detail. Valid driver's license, with the ability and willingness to travel within and without the state, including travel to courts and various correctional institutions.
Position Number- 60103. Job Posting Number - 1038738. Submit a cover letter, a resume and a legal writing sample from within the past 24 months.
Virginia Indigent Defense Commission - Public Defender Office
701 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219