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Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
Attorney I or Attorney II -Public Defender (0618) The candidate will be responsible to provide legal representation for clients needing publicly assisted representation in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency and severance of parental rights cases. Manage caseloads, which include interviewing and advising clients on their legal rights and obligations. Analyze case material after investigations; conducts legal research as required. Prepare cases for presentation in court; appears in court and represents clients or the State at court hearings. Prepare and submits legal documents to the courts on behalf of clients or the State. Write, or word-processes correspondence and reports. Maintain accurate records and files.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have at least one and half year of related experience. This position is exempt from overtime. Current active membership in the State Bar of Arizona required. Possession of, or ability to attain, a valid Arizona driver's license. Must be willing to travel to the outlying areas. Courtroom experience with trial experience preferred; the ability to work independently and as a team player; possess effective communication skills. Be willing to work with and for the various indigent populations and possess the skills necessary for dealing with individuals of varying races, genders, ethnicity, and ages, some of whom may have physical or emotional problems and who appear to be difficult, confused or hostile; being bilingual. Considerable knowledge of substantive law, rules of evidence, trial and court procedures, legal principles and research methods commensurate with the level of experience of the class. Computer applications related to the work. Standard legal office practices and procedures. Techniques for dealing with individuals of varying races, genders, ethnicity and ages, some of whom may have physical or emotional problems and who appear to be difficult, confused or hostile. Ability and skill in interviewing a variety of individuals and soliciting needed information to determine facts/circumstances. Developing effective strategies for client representation. Analyzing cases and applying legal principles. Presenting statements of law clearly and logically in written and verbal form. Presenting an effective case in court. Managing an assigned caseload. Preparing clear, concise, accurate and effective legal documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials. Using sound independent judgment within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines. Communicating logically and effectively with a diverse group of clients, witnesses, judges, law enforcement officials, other attorneys and employees of various agencies and departments. Work safely and support the culture of workplace safety. Working cooperatively with colleagues to accomplish the policies and goals of the office.
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