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ProfileAttorney IV Duties : Under administrative direction with wide latitude for independent judgment, assists in developing policies and procedures in assigned areas of work; performs professional legal work in the prosecution or defense of complex and difficult criminal or civil cases. May support Senior level attorneys, train and/or guide assigned Attorneys or team of Attorneys in performing duties and responsibilities and may supervise other attorneys on a routine and/or interim basis; incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective appointing attorney. (Illustrative Only) Acts under the authority of and as provided by the Yuma County Attorney, Public Defender or Legal Defender in prosecuting or defending persons charged with criminal offenses or in resolving civil legal issues; manages and prioritizes assigned caseload; provides guidance to management on procedural issues; assures that cases are resolved within office policy guidelines; guides and assists attorneys; provides training, counseling and professional assistance on strategy, trial skills and professional responsibilities; develops systems and standards for program evaluation, and assures activities are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations and goals. When applicable, advises law enforcement agencies during investigations; assists in the development of trial preparation and presentation skills for law enforcement officers. Criminal: Evaluates law enforcement investigation reports; prosecutes or defends felony crimes from initial charging to sentencing; coordinates with law enforcement agencies; confers with witnesses and victims of crime; performs factual investigations; advises law enforcement officers and witnesses of the requirements of the criminal justice system; conducts officer/witness/victim/defendant interviews; formulates and offers pleas when appropriate; prepares and conducts probable cause determinations; reviews changes and updates in criminal law; develops trial strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, official documents and other information required to present the case; compiles and presents evidence and exhibits; brings cases before the court and argues facts of the case in relation to points of law, case law and legal precedent; interviews and cross-examines witnesses; prepares sentencing recommendations; conducts legal research; drafts and reviews complaints, briefs, motions and other legal documents; prepares and presents memoranda of law, briefs and other filings and legal documents as required; renders legal advice to appropriate client, as provided for and allowed by state law; complies with victim notification laws by telephone, letter, and personal contact; available for on-call rotation, covers court and performs other duties as assigned; Civil: Advices county client in areas including: employment law; personal injury claims; contract disputes; civil rights actions; voting and elections; tax matters; zoning issues; land use and water rights; mental health hearings; adoption proceedings; civil forfeitures; collection of judgments; condemnation; open meeting law; public records request; adoptions and guardianship; and any other fields related to governmental law; participates in all stages of litigation including pleadings, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, jury trials, and post-judgment proceedings; attends meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning and Zoning Commission, and similar entities, as required by law, to provide timely legal advice; reviews, prepares and presents oral and written legal recommendations to county agencies, elected officials and departmental heads; represents department heads at hearings and legal proceedings; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, official documents and other information required to present the case; compiles and presents evidence and exhibits; brings cases before the court and argues facts of the case in relation to points of law, case law and legal precedent; interviews and cross-examines witnesses; prepares sentencing recommendations; conducts legal research; reviews and drafts complaints, briefs, motions, opinions, letters of understanding, county contracts, including intergovernmental agreements, and other legal documents; prepares and presents memoranda of law, briefs and other filings and legal documentation as required; advises clients on topics such as personnel issues, implementation of policy, changes in the law, and procurement procedures; oversees and participates in factual investigations related to legal questions and disputes; drafts and advises clients on enacting county ordinances and similar regulations; regular and reliable attendance is required; performs other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification : The candidate should have Juris Doctorate (JD) degree. Must have 6+ years of experience as a practicing attorney AND extensive trial experience in a leading role in complex criminal or civil cases. Must be licensed by the Bar to practice law in the State of Arizona, remain active with all Arizona Bar annual requirements, and maintain a clear criminal record; AND 1+ year of supervisory experience. Must submit a Certificate in Good Standing issued by the Disciplinary Clerk of the Supreme Court of Arizona.
OFFICE OF THE YUMA COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER
168 West Second Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364