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Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree /L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school; Existing license to practice law in PA; AND must also show 6 months of experience as one of the following: a public defender, criminal defense attorney, attorney for a public interest advocacy organization involved with the criminal justice, juvenile delinquency or mental health systems, a judicial law clerk, or an attorney with 50+ hours or 6 months of experience in an indigent pro bono project sponsored by a bar association or 501 (c)(3) organization OR as a law student, must show participation in a clinic, internship or clerkship (paid or unpaid) with any of the aforementioned entities or court of record, membership of law review, graduation in the top half of their law school class or other indication of academic excellence. A demonstrated commitment to working with diverse communities and a challenging population is preferred. Knowledge of: Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Evidence and other applicable law. Ability to: Assess client situations and communicate, both orally and in writing. Work with a diverse, challenging client population. Maintain the confidentiality of client information. Maintain civility in relationships with all clients, co-workers, judges, court personnel, opposing counsel, law enforcement officers, witnesses and the general public, while zealously advocating on behalf of the client. Operate a personal computer for word processing, computerized legal research, and related functions.
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Allegheny County Public Defender
542 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219