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ProfileAssistant Public Defender The candidate primary responsibility of Assistant Public Defenders is to provide highly efficient and professional representation to clients. Duties include: accepting, researching, and preparing each case efficiently and expeditiously; advising and counseling each client regarding plea offers, client’s rights and options, strategies, sentencing, appellate rights, etc.; establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with each client, family, witness, and court personnel; maintaining open lines of communications with clients and their families, witnesses, and court personnel; involving investigators, interns and other support staff appropriately; seeking assistance from experts appropriate to the case; demonstrating maturity and a professional demeanor at all times; exercising sound judgment to achieve desired results; handling emergency assignments when needed; attending and participating in training seminars, division meetings, and staffing sessions; abiding by all Public Defender policies and procedures outlined in manual including but not limited to attendance, punctuality and professional dress code; and performing other related work as required.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have Juris Doctorate. Must have ability to: Communicate effectively and professionally with clients and staff. Use correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Follow written and oral instructions and procedures. Exhibit sound judgment and good listening skills. Handle matters with integrity and confidentiality. Plan and prepare reports, correspondence, and charts in a variety of formats. Use personal computer and general office equipment. Be extremely organized, establish priorities, and meet deadlines. Maintain an effective filing system. Manage multiple assignments simultaneously including long- and short-range projects. Be flexible in work assignments and processes based upon need. Travel to various locations throughout the circuit for assignments and training. Effectively utilize Microsoft Word and Outlook. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures, legal documents and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and transcripts.
Posting Closing Date: 05/15/2018
Requisition No: 16550
State of Florida Justice Administrative Commission
Post Office Box 1654
Tallahassee, FL 32317-5709