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Attorney II Duties: Under general supervision, performs professional legal work in the prosecution or defense of civil or criminal cases; conducts legal research; provides legal advice and counsel; this is a non-covered position; incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective appointing attorney; the employment relationship of incumbents in this position is "at will", and as such, the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. Represents the 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; 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. Civil: Litigates in many legal specialties 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; 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; conducts officer/witness/victim/defendant interviews; formulates and offers pleas when appropriate; prepares and conducts preliminary hearings; 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 defendant/witness/victim; complies with victim notification laws by telephone, letter, and personal contact; 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
Qualifications: JD degree; 2 years' experience as a practicing attorney AND experience in civil or criminal legal practice; 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. Requires successful completion of a background check. Knowledge of: County and Department policies and procedures; State of Arizona civil and criminal statutes, rules, administrative orders, policies and procedures, applicable Federal rules and regulations; administrative and trial court processes, protocols and strategies; legal research methods, techniques. Skill in: Reviewing and assessing legal issues and documents; effectively assessing, interpreting and applying criminal laws to information, evidence and other data compiled; prosecuting cases, developing legal strategy, and sources, databases and other research tools; legal case management procedures, ethics and techniques; the principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information, documents, financial records and other data that may be used in court; resenting legal arguments; verbal and written communication, and exercising judgment and discretion in decision making; establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with attorneys, law enforcement agencies and other participants in the criminal justice process; operating a personal computer, standard office software and specialized legal software programs.
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