Assistant Public Defender 1 Athens Co.
Applications are accepted via the Ohio Hiring Management System (www.careers.ohio.gov
) at this link
. Deadline to apply: 6/6/21.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender seeks an Assistant Public Defender 1 (APD1) to serve in the Athens County Office of our Trial Services Division. The Athens County Office is a trial-level office that provides criminal defense representation to clients who cannot otherwise afford an attorney in the courts in Athens County. The APD1 position will represent indigent trial-level clients facing misdemeanor and felony criminal charges, as well as representation in the juvenile court. 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. 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 cases for trial
Try cases as lead counsel or co-counsel
Represent clients in community control violations
Conduct pre-trial conferences, hearings, and plea negotiations
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**
ABOUT THE OHIO PUBLIC DEFENDER
The OPD is the state agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to people accused or convicted of a crime who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
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: Our commitment to inclusion is inseparable from our commitment to a fair justice system. We strive to ensure inclusive spaces and services for our staff, our clients, and Ohio’s diverse communities. We are committed to building a work environment where all our team members have a voice and can embrace our differences to innovate service to the public. We can best meet our public defense mission through a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, where employees thrive, our mission is accomplished, and Ohioans are served. #TeamOPD is grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion as we work together to pursue fairness and justice for all people.