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ProfilePublic Defender III - Special Defense Unit The candidate will advocate for indigent clients in assigned cases at every state of the criminal justice system in most serious and complex cases, including Iowa Code Chapter 229A civil cases and appeals. Will appear and advocate in court at pre-trial hearings, bench or jury trials, sentencing, and other court hearings in these cases. Negotiate plea bargains, dismissals, or other disposition of assigned cases with prosecuting attorneys. Investigates facts and prepares defense for assigned cases to determine the merits of cases and appropriate court of action in most serious and complex cases. Will conduct interviews, confers and advise clients on merits of appropriate course of actions, including seeking a dismissal, plea, or trial. Candidate will locate and interview witnesses. Conducts discovery, including depositions. Plans case strategy and prepares for trial. Maintains appropriate communications with client about the status of their case and answers client questions. May direct work of investigators consistent with internal office policies. Will train and provide guidance and mentoring to new attorneys and law student interns, meeting with the attorney or student to discuss cases, observing court practice, and reviewing other written work. Identifies potential legal issues to advance client's case, research applicable law, and draft appropriate motions and brief in most serious and complex cases. Prepares by typing and printing various legal documents, including written arraignments, written guilty pleas, motions, briefs, letters and other documents in these cases. Will maintain client case files, prepare public defender time reports to the court and close files consistent with office policies. Should have graduation from an accredited law school, possession of a current license to practice law in the State of Iowa, and experience equal to 5+ years of full time work in professional legal criminal trial advocacy or prosecution. Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes three years of fulltime work as a Public Defender 2. Application deadline: 06/24/18.
State of Iowa - Office of the State Public Defender
506 Insurance Exch. Bldg.
505 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2320