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Assistant Public Defender 1 (Juvenile) - Trumbull

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks an Assistant Public Defender 1 (APD1) to serve in the Trumbull County Office of our Trial Services Division. The Trumbull County Office provides criminal defense representation to clients who cannot otherwise afford an attorney in the courts in Trumbull County. This APD position will primarily represent indigent trial-level juvenile clients in the juvenile court delinquency cases, and may also assist on misdemeanor cases. Note: the position does not involve trial-level representation in federal court and does not involve post-trial representation on direct appeal, state post-conviction, or federal habeas litigation. 

The successful APD1 candidate will be passionate about juvenile advocacy and its impact on the future of an individual's life. They will thrive in a close-knit environment and be interested in trial-level work and providing client service in a meaningful way. A successful candidate will also be eager to work with their supervisor to learn the intricacies of the position and succeed in providing high-quality representation and achieving desirable outcomes for juvenile clients. 

 Essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare cases for trial
  • Conduct pre-trial conferences, hearings, and plea negotiations
  • Examine witnesses
  • Present legal arguments and evidence  
  • Liaison with community programs for alternative case resolutions
  • Explain legal concepts to juvenile clients in an accesible way

 The qualified applicant will have demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Substantive and procedural criminal law, with a focus on juvenile law
  • The unique approach of working with youth
  • The rules of evidence
  • Constitutional law applicable to criminal litigation
  • Issues pertaining to trying a criminal case before a jury 

Litigation experience is preferred but not required.   

**NOTE: Please submit a Cover Letter with your application**

Position: Assistant Public Defender 1 (Juvenile) - Trumbull
Organization: The Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: The typical starting salary for this position is $53,850; however, the salary will be commensurate with relevant experience.
Posting Start Date: 5/18/2021
Date Posted: 5/18/2021

Licensed to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to section 4705.01 of Revised Code.

Note: Temporary Certification for Practice in Legal Services, Public Defender, and Law School Programs may be accepted in lieu of License to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to Gov. Bar R. IX of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

 Knowledge of criminal law; judicial system & process in Ohio; supervision; policies & procedures of Ohio Public Defender Commission (e.g., standards promulgated*; human relations; general management*; legal counseling; interviewing; public relations. Ability to deal with many variables & determine specific action; prepare &/or review pleadings, briefs, motions & memoranda; gather collate & classify information about data, people or things; handle complex legal issues involving significant risks, personal pressure & unusual attention to detail; establish good rapport with clients & their families &/or work cooperatively with county public defenders & members of private bar; code items from one symbolic form to another; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages.

(*)Developed after employment.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/16/2021
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Organization Information
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender
250 E Broad St #1400

Columbus,  OH 43215
United States
(614) 466-5394
Cherish Berry