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Deputy Public Defender

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Government

Lafayette, IN, United States

Deputy Public Defender

Attorney

Full-time

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POSITION: Deputy Public Defender
DEPARTMENT: Public Defender
SALARY: To be determined

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Tippecanoe County provides reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete the application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.
Incumbent serves as Attorney for the Public Defender, responsible for providing legal representation for court-appointed criminal defendants.

DUTIES:
Receives and reviews court documents and other information, and discusses with and advises clients regarding various issues, such as defenses, legal motions, investigation, witnesses, evidence, plea agreements, trial strategy, sentencing, and petitions to revoke. Conducts case investigations, including interviewing law enforcement personnel and witnesses, reviewing arrest reports, taking depositions and statements, and consulting with investigators. Prepares and files pre-trial motions, such as appearances, motions for discovery and demands for jury trial. Appears in court for initial, case management, disposition hearings, pre-trial conferences, bond reduction hearings, probation revocation, and other hearings, including discussing cases and negotiating plea agreements or case dismissal with prosecuting attorneys as appropriate. Prepares for hearings and/or trials, including filing documents, preparing motions, pleadings, discovery responses, subpoenas, correspondence and witness lists, interviewing clients and witnesses, obtaining mental health or treatment documents, reviewing case law, consulting experts, preparing for jury selection, preparing opening statements, arguments, evidence and trial exhibits. Periodically prepares and presents oral and/or written reports to court regarding department activities and caseload. Performs related duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Doctorate Degree in Law, Indiana license to practice law. Death penalty certification preferred. Ability to complete continuing legal education credits as required. Thorough knowledge of and ability to make practical application of federal, state and local laws, standard procedures, rules of evidence, and rules of court. Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to accurate court documents as required. Ability to conduct legal research, thorough investigations and interviews, and effectively prepare and present cases in legal proceedings. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, attorneys, court and law enforcement personnel, witnesses, defendants and their families, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities. Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements. Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct. Ability to work alone and with others in a team environment with minimum supervision. Ability to work rapidly for long periods, work on several tasks at the same time and complete assignments effectively amidst frequent distractions and interruptions, often under time pressure. Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written or oral instructions and present findings in oral or written form. Ability to occasionally work extended, evening and/or weekend hours and occasionally travel out of town to meet with witnesses, sometimes overnight.

DIFFICULTY OF WORK:
Incumbent's duties are broad in scope, often requiring careful consideration of new, unusual, complex and/or contradictory circumstances and interrelationships. Incumbent exercises independent judgment in interpreting precedents, adapting standard approaches and making compromises to fit varying situations.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Incumbent applies legal guidelines and professional standards in making non-routine decisions and recommendations, reviewing unusual cases with supervisor as needed. Incumbent's work is periodically reviewed for soundness of judgment.

PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:
Incumbent maintains frequent contact with co-workers, attorneys, court and law enforcement personnel, witnesses, defendants and their families, and the public for purposes of exchanging information, investigating crimes, negotiating plea agreements, and arguing cases in legal proceedings.
Incumbent reports directly to Chief Public Defender.

PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Incumbent performs a majority of duties in a standard office environment, jail and courtroom involving sitting and walking at will, hearing communication and exposure to potentially violent/ confrontational individuals. Incumbent occasionally works extended, evening and/or weekend hours and occasionally travels out of town to meet with witnesses, sometimes overnight.

APPLICANT/EMPLOYEE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The job description for the position of Attorney for Public Defender describes the duties and responsibilities for employment in this position. I acknowledge that I have received this job description, and understand that it is not a contract of employment. I am responsible for reading this job description and complying with all job duties, requirements and responsibilities contained herein, and any subsequent revisions.

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POSITION: Deputy Public Defender
DEPARTMENT: Public Defender
SALARY: To be determined

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Tippecanoe County provides reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete the application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.
Incumbent serves as Attorney for the Public Defender, responsible for providing legal representation for court-appointed criminal defendants.

DUTIES:
Receives and reviews court documents and other information, and discusses with and advises clients regarding various issues, such as defenses, legal motions, investigation, witnesses, evidence, plea agreements, trial strategy, sentencing, and petitions to revoke. Conducts case investigations, including interviewing law enforcement personnel and witnesses, reviewing arrest reports, taking depositions and statements, and consulting with investigators. Prepares and files pre-trial motions, such as appearances, motions for discovery and demands for jury trial. Appears in court for initial, case management, disposition hearings, pre-trial conferences, bond reduction hearings, probation revocation, and other hearings, including discussing cases and negotiating plea agreements or case dismissal with prosecuting attorneys as appropriate. Prepares for hearings and/or trials, including filing documents, preparing motions, pleadings, discovery responses, subpoenas, correspondence and witness lists, interviewing clients and witnesses, obtaining mental health or treatment documents, reviewing case law, consulting experts, preparing for jury selection, preparing opening statements, arguments, evidence and trial exhibits. Periodically prepares and presents oral and/or written reports to court regarding department activities and caseload. Performs related duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Doctorate Degree in Law, Indiana license to practice law. Death penalty certification preferred. Ability to complete continuing legal education credits as required. Thorough knowledge of and ability to make practical application of federal, state and local laws, standard procedures, rules of evidence, and rules of court. Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to accurate court documents as required. Ability to conduct legal research, thorough investigations and interviews, and effectively prepare and present cases in legal proceedings. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, attorneys, court and law enforcement personnel, witnesses, defendants and their families, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities. Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements. Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct. Ability to work alone and with others in a team environment with minimum supervision. Ability to work rapidly for long periods, work on several tasks at the same time and complete assignments effectively amidst frequent distractions and interruptions, often under time pressure. Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written or oral instructions and present findings in oral or written form. Ability to occasionally work extended, evening and/or weekend hours and occasionally travel out of town to meet with witnesses, sometimes overnight.

DIFFICULTY OF WORK:
Incumbent's duties are broad in scope, often requiring careful consideration of new, unusual, complex and/or contradictory circumstances and interrelationships. Incumbent exercises independent judgment in interpreting precedents, adapting standard approaches and making compromises to fit varying situations.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Incumbent applies legal guidelines and professional standards in making non-routine decisions and recommendations, reviewing unusual cases with supervisor as needed. Incumbent's work is periodically reviewed for soundness of judgment.

PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:
Incumbent maintains frequent contact with co-workers, attorneys, court and law enforcement personnel, witnesses, defendants and their families, and the public for purposes of exchanging information, investigating crimes, negotiating plea agreements, and arguing cases in legal proceedings.
Incumbent reports directly to Chief Public Defender.

PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Incumbent performs a majority of duties in a standard office environment, jail and courtroom involving sitting and walking at will, hearing communication and exposure to potentially violent/ confrontational individuals. Incumbent occasionally works extended, evening and/or weekend hours and occasionally travels out of town to meet with witnesses, sometimes overnight.

APPLICANT/EMPLOYEE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The job description for the position of Attorney for Public Defender describes the duties and responsibilities for employment in this position. I acknowledge that I have received this job description, and understand that it is not a contract of employment. I am responsible for reading this job description and complying with all job duties, requirements and responsibilities contained herein, and any subsequent revisions.

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