Entry Level Staff Attorney - Fall 2022 New Class
Duties: Represent the client in criminal proceedings. Maintain a continuing duty to the client. Counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. Acts as court-appointed counsel representing clients with misdemeanors and/or felony charges. Represents appointed clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing. Responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. Assists leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements. Interview client as assigned to determine the facts of the case. Review police reports and other reports to evaluate each case against the state of the law to determine its relative strengths and weaknesses to prepare for plea negotiations, development of case strategy, and trial preparation. Meet with clients to evaluate options and strategies. Keep clients reasonably informed of the status of their case and promptly respond to reasonable requests for information. Explain to clients matters reasonably necessary to make informed decisions about their cases. Conduct pre-trial negotiations. Conduct bench and jury trials. Prepare and argue trial motions as needed. Investigate, respond and represent the client’s interest in plea bargain negotiations. Coordinate or conduct the case investigation for trial preparation as necessary. Arrange for tests of physical evidence, the testimony of expert witnesses and interview witnesses as required. Conduct all trial actions including cross and direct examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits and make arguments on the law and interpretation of the evidence. Represent client in all legal proceedings including, but not limited to first appearance hearings, preliminary hearings, pre-adjudication motions, guilty pleas and post-conviction matters, such as restitution hearings and revocation hearings, sentence reviews, modifications and terminations. Present defense recommendations for case disposition. Prioritize and plan cases and work activities using resources effectively. Plan for additional resources and integrate changes smoothly and in a timely manner. Ensure client in custody have 24-hour access to a public defender (at least able to leave a message), such as in cases of persons in custody need counsel before deciding whether to submit to a breath or blood test. Perform other duties or projects as assigned, including attending conferences/meetings on behalf of the Office.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Degree from an ABA accredited law school; Demonstrated commitment to working with clients in poverty and from diverse cultural backgrounds; Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing; Knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense performance; Proficiency with word processor software and legal research software; Membership of Louisiana bar or willingness to take July 2022 Louisiana bar. Must successfully pass the bar exam and become licensed.
Deadline: February 1, 2022
No phone calls please. Send complete applications.
Orleans Public Defenders.
2601 Tulane Avenue.
New Orleans, LA 70119