Job Details

Assistant Public Defender Level 2

Company name

Kalamazoo Defender

Organization Type


Job Type


Date Last Verified

Feb 21, 2021

Valid Through

Jun 06, 2021

Posted on

Jan 24, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 69000 to 77000 Annually


Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Assistant Public Defender – Level 2
The candidate provides court appointed indigent defense services within Kalamazoo County Courts. Carries a full caseload and receives direct supervision from the Chief Public Defender. Takes cases involving felony charges. Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the Prosecution. Promptly meets with clients and learns the client's goals for the representation and any special needs of the client. Determines what further fact investigation to undertake and directs that investigation, including the identification, consultation and hiring of applicable experts as approved by the Chief Public Defender or designee. Determines what legal issues need development, researches those issues, and presents them in the appropriate forum. Negotiates with the Prosecution and promptly advises the client of the status of those negotiations. Litigates any legal issues that are necessary and appropriate, including bringing cases to trial. Conducts any post-trial litigation necessary such as sentencing and post trial motions (excluding appeals). Maintains availability to other staff members for consultation and education; participates in training programs; maintains current knowledge of appropriate support functions. Maintains accurate, complete and legible case files. Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Chief Public Defender or designee. Mentors Level 1 Assistant Public Defenders. Administers legal clinics in community forums.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have a Juris Doctorate degree with license to practice in the State of Michigan and good standing with the State Bar of Michigan. Must have experience litigating cases, with substantial criminal trial experience, including taking complicated and serious offenses to trial. Administrative and supervisory experience preferred. Experience in a public defender office preferred. Exemplary interpersonal skills are required. Must have familiarity with the communities from which clients come and commitment to the holistic model at the heart of firm’s mission. Highly compelling references and an impressive legal track record.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Kalamazoo Defender
151 South Rose Street,
Ste. 300
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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