Thurston County - Defense Attorney III

08/30/2017 8:29 AM | Kallie Ferguson (Administrator)

Salary: $8,525.00 - $10,627.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County, WA

Job Type: Regular Full-Time Employee

Department: Public Defense

Job Number: 24R00588

Closing: 9/11/2017 8:00 AM Pacific

How to applyhttps://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/thurstonwa/jobs/1833438/defense-attorney-iii

Summary of Duties

A Defense Attorney III practices in District Court, Juvenile Court or Superior Court and receives general direction from a higher-level Defense Attorney. Immediate placement will be in Superior Court for Adult Felony representation consistent with Superior Court summary of duties listed below.
 

District Court: Manages a full misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor caseload. Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearings and/or plea bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis. Also, handles miscellaneous calendar duties such as arraignment calendars, initial appearance calendars and interpreter calendars.

Juvenile Court: Manages a full misdemeanor and felony caseload (A, B, C felonies). Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearings and/or plea bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis. Also, handles miscellaneous hearings such as arraignment calendars, detention calendars, and probation violation calendars.

Juvenile Court (Civil): Manages a full caseload of parents in dependency and termination cases, including representation at all statutorily required hearings, conferences and family treatment court. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial/hearing preparation, settlement negotiations, motions and trials.

Superior Court: Manages a full or partial felony caseload (A, B, C felonies). Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearings and/or plea bargains with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Assigned homicide cases, persistent offender (e.g. two and three strike) cases, and other serious cases. Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis. 

Handles miscellaneous court hearings, including but not limited to, preliminary appearance calendars, arraignment calendars, non-compliance calendars, ability to substitute in Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Involuntary Treatment Act hearings. 

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Reviews police reports, interviews witnesses, works with court and Prosecutor to resolve cases. Appropriately utilizes non-attorney professional services.
  • Reviews reports from DSHS, interviews appropriate parties, works with attorneys general, case workers, social workers, experts, court and related court personnel to resolve cases.
  • Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, and does necessary research.
  • Maintains accurate and complete statistical information to be used for future needs and projections.
  • Assists other Defense Attorneys in matters of tactics, trial strategy and legal research.
  • Provides back-up defense for District and Juvenile Courts and is knowledgeable of District and Juvenile Court rules and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
  • Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
  • Knowledge of all criminal rules of Washington State, techniques of interviewing and preparation and defense of all variety of criminal cases, with emphasis on felonies.
  • Knowledge of RCW 13.34, good communication with parents, legal custodians and guardians.
  • Ten years of practice as an attorney with a minimum of three years trial experience in the trial of criminal cases.
  • Ability to perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems.
  • Present law, facts, evidence and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form.
  • Work harmoniously and maintain good public relations.
Desired Skills

Recruitment contact: Mia Pagnotta, (360) 786-5868
 
This position is:
- Eligible for benefits
- NOT Represented by a Union
- NOT eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Items required for initial consideration:
- Application
- Letter of Interest and Introduction
- Professional references (x3)
- Resume

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