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Assistant Public Defender 1 (Common Pleas) - 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 clients facing felony criminal charges in the Common Pleas court, and may also assist on work in juvenile or 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 thrive in a close-knit team environment and be interested in trial-level work and providing client service in a fast-paced work environment. This position will work with the Common Pleas Legal Team to develop the ability to carry a full case load and be able to perform under progressively less supervision. A successful candidate will also be eager to work with a supervisor to learn the intricacies of the position and succeed in providing high-quality representation.
 Essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:
  • Prepare both felony and misdemeanor cases for trial
  • Try cases as lead counsel or co-counsel
  • Conduct pre-trial conferences, hearings, and plea negotiations
  • Examine witnesses
  • Present legal arguments and evidence  
 The qualified applicant will have demonstrated knowledge of:
  • Substantive and procedural criminal law
  • 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 (Common Pleas) - 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
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