Hiring Wage: $82,000 – $95,000/yr DOE
Status: Full time with benefits
Closing Date: Until Filled
Application Materials: Apply online at adacounty.id.gov/jobs
About Us: Ada County is a rewarding place to work. As an Ada County employee, you will serve in your communities, contributing to making Ada County a great place to live. Ada County employees are given opportunities for advancement and career growth as well as a generous Benefits Package for benefit-eligible employees including paid parental leave, competitive health, dental, and vision insurance, PERSI retirement plan, and much more.
The Deputy Public Defender Attorney III handles and manages more complex felony and misdemeanor cases. The Deputy Public Defender Attorney III may be assigned to small units, specialty units, specialty courts, magistrate division, juvenile division, preliminary hearing team or trial team. The Deputy Public Defender Attorney III may be assigned special duties by his or her supervisor.
Distinguishing Features Of The Class
The Deputy Public Defender Attorney I is an attorney new to the legal profession or new to this office who is learning various litigation, negotiation, and trial preparation skills. This position will entail spending long periods of time in court and documenting cases in a digital case management system. The Deputy Public Defender Attorney I works in a variety of legal environments and is exposed to numerous caseload types. The Deputy Public Defender Attorney I works independently, as well as with supervisory oversight from senior attorneys, and makes important decisions in case management and strategy.
The Deputy Public Defender Attorney III performs all the job responsibilities of the Deputy Public Defender Attorney I and II, as well as handling more complex cases and caseload assignments. In addition the Deputy Public Defender Attorney III may be assigned other responsibilities and duties by his or her supervisor, as well as:
· The Deputy Public Defender Attorney III performs all the job responsibilities of the Deputy Public Defender Attorney I and II, as well as handling more complex cases and caseload assignments. In addition the Deputy Public Defender Attorney III may be assigned other responsibilities and duties by his or her supervisor, as well as;
· Provides legal representation and defense of indigent persons accused of crimes in Ada County;
· Drafts legal documents such as motions, orders, and memoranda with supporting affidavits;
· Participates in case negotiations with prosecuting attorneys, which involves analyzing the case to determine its overall strength, evaluating relevant facts and the number and kinds of witnesses available, and determining what resolution is appropriate;
· Prepares for hearings and trials in District Court by reviewing reports, applicable statutes, legal issues, and physical evidence surrounding the case, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and preparing for trial;
· Conducts legal research necessary for case preparation and keeps abreast of Court decisions and legislation affecting the Idaho Criminal Code;
· Appears in court to represent defendants by presenting evidence and argument at arraignments, pretrial conferences, hearings on motions, jury and court trials, sentencings, and specialty court proceedings;
· Manages cases to meet discovery and other critical deadlines;
· Manages a heavy caseload effectively and in a timely manner;
· Supports and interacts with other team members to ensure effective caseload management;
· Handles appellate casework, including determining if a reasonable basis for appeal exists;
· May appeal criminal defense cases to the District Court, including filing briefs, motions, and affidavits;
· Provides legal representation and defense for juveniles in criminal and Child Protection Act cases;
· Maintains contact with defendants and responds to clients needs in a timely manner;
· Treats all defendants, support staff, colleagues, and the courts with dignity and respect;
· Maintains collegial relationship with prosecuting attorneys and treats all counsel fairly;
· Demonstrates the conduct and behavior of a team player by helping create a professional and rewarding work environment for all Public Defender employees;
· Communicates effectively and works to develop a high level of credibility with clients, the judiciary, law enforcement agencies, court personnel, and co-workers.
· May train and/or provide supervision to other staff members;
· The Deputy Public Defender Attorney III shall serve at the direction and discretion of the Chief Public Defender and shall perform any and all job functions assigned by the Chief Public Defender;
· Attend CLE courses to advance skills in relevant specialty areas and maintain bar membership and good standing with the Idaho State Bar.
· Must have graduated from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the Idaho State Bar;
· Trial experience with all types of felony and misdemeanor cases;
· Knowledge of Idaho Statutes, case law, rules of evidence, criminal procedure, and criminal jury instructions;
· Knowledge of online search engines such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis;
· Knowledge of the local district court rules and local courthouse procedures;
· Knowledge of the current judiciary;
· Ability to work independently and make sound, critical decisions in case handling and strategy;
· Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively;
· Ability to be a team player;
· Ability to manage a small unit or division;
· Ability to assist in the training of other colleagues;
· Ability to exercise good judgment;
· Ability to manage and supervise employees;
· Ability to maintain confidentiality;
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with victims, witnesses, members of other agencies, and co-workers;
· Ability to conduct self in a professional manner both inside and outside the courtroom.
· Experience with PowerPoint and Excel;
· Experience with all available audio/visual equipment;
· Must possess a strong work ethic;
· Must maintain the highest of ethical standards;
· This position has been designated safety sensitive and is therefore subject to random drug testing.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
· Work is performed primarily in an office environment and the employee in this class is subject to inside environmental conditions;
· Requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes to permit the employee to function in a general office environment and accomplish tasks.
Employee Benefits: Ada County recognizes that employees are our most valuable asset. We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to benefit-eligible employees designed to support the health, wellness, and long-term financial stability of our employees and their families. Visit us at adacounty.id.gov/Human-Resources/Employee-Benefits to view details regarding our benefits package, including: paid parental leave, healthcare benefits, retirement benefits, and more!