Title: Attorney - Assistant Public Defender I/II - Southwest Virginia Offices
Hiring Range: $58,492.00 / $67,052.00 + State Benefits
Agency: Indigent Defense Commission
Location: Multiple Locations
Agency Website: www.vadefenders.org
Recruitment Type: General Public - G
Virginia Defenders – Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is seeking to fill numerous Assistant Public Defender positions that will serve our mission of protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy.
This is a regional job posting. Multiple locations will be hiring for Assistant Public Defenders I/II. The following Public Defender offices have open positions Roanoke, Bedford, Martinsville, Pulaski, Danville, and Halifax.
These positions require licensure with the Virginia State Bar. HOWEVER, offers may be made to those registered to take the February 2023 Virginia Bar Exam and/or those who intend to waive in for licensure in Virginia. May 2023 Law School Graduates are also encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in applying and joining our mission, please complete an application. If you have specific questions related to applying, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is excited to announce this opportunity to be on the front lines of what many consider to be the modern-day Civil Rights Movement—criminal justice and justice reform. This is a unique platform to develop and pursue social change and impact the lives of clients.
The IDC’s Southwest Virginia region of Public Defender Offices has openings for attorneys who are committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle criminal cases for adults and juveniles in various stages of litigation. The IDC is dedicated to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Chief Public Defender of their office and is employed at-will. The Assistant Public Defender must have compassion for our indigent clients, excellent legal skills, the ability to spot and anticipate legal issues, the ability to write, edit and review motions and briefs, and the ability to make sound legal arguments in a courtroom setting. This position requires the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and post-trial motions, litigating motions, and noticing appropriate appealable issues. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts. The attorney is expected to see clients in jail in a timely manner and communicate regularly with the client, family members, and other approved parties.
The IDC is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our workforce. We encourage and welcome qualified applicants of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Virginia State Bar admission is required for consideration for this fulltime, salaried position. HOWEVER, offers may be made to those intending on taking the Virginia Bar Exam in February 2023 and/or those who intend to waive in for licensure in Virginia.
An active interest in the cause of indigent defense, criminal justice reform, and social justice.
The ability to learn and quickly internalize feedback is important.
The ability to track and meet deadlines.
The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments and remain organized.
A valid driver’s license and the means to travel to all courts and regional jails are required.
Knowledge of criminal law and evidence is required.
To qualify for the Assistant Public Defender II position, the applicant must be licensed and have some experience in criminal defense along with the above-mentioned qualifications.
Applications for this position require a cover letter and resume.
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Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted. IDC does not accept “see resume” as a response to any question. Information on the application is the primary source used for screening the position. Reasonable accommodations are available to applicants if requested, during the application and/or interview process.
This position qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) depending on your type of loan.
You will receive a confirmation number once your application has been successfully submitted. Edits cannot be made to the application once you have received a confirmation number. Phone calls are not accepted regarding an inquiry to the status of an application. Please login to the RMS system for status updates.
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In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.
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