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Senior Deputy Public Defender The candidate will execute, implement, and enforce the policies, procedures, and protocols of the Public Defender. Works closely with the Public Defender and Assistant Public Defender to maintain a high standard of representation by ensuring accountability while fostering teamwork, communication, and mentorship. Defends the most serious and sensitive cases, including death penalty cases; conducts defense in both court and jury trials in all courts, including juvenile court; prepares briefs and legal opinions; conducts legal research; prepares correspondence and reports; provides administrative supervision over a major functional unit such as Superior Court trials, preliminary hearings, misdemeanor trials; acts at the lead attorney in serious cases that require two attorneys; provides training and direction to other attorneys; oversees specialized projects as assigned. Providing oversight and supervision to Deputy Public Defenders. Defining goals and expected results at the beginning of performance period for Deputy Public Defenders. Ensuring accountability through regular evaluations of attorney performance. Actively consults with attorneys regarding case preparation and trial strategy. Monitors the distribution of cases, caseloads, and attorney schedules to ensure efficient employment of resources. Encourages a culture of excellence and resourcefulness amongst attorneys and staff. Organizes and conducts frequent trainings for Deputy Public Defenders; keeps and maintains confidential information. Conducts the defense in complex, serious and/or violent felony matters. Active membership in the California State Bar is essential. Possession of an appropriate California driver license may be required. Final filing date: August 24, 2018.
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