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Attorney - Assistant Public Defender I - Fredericksburg, VA

The Fredericksburg Office of the Public Defender has an opening for an Assistant Public Defender I committed to zealous advocacy on behalf of indigent clients. Qualified applicants should be committed to fulfilling the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission’s (VIDC) Mission of protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. This is an exciting opportunity to work day-to-day on the front lines of the criminal justice movement, and to directly impact and advocate for those often rendered voiceless in our criminal system.

The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Public Defender of the Fredericksburg Office and is employed at will. A successful candidate is subject to a fingerprint based criminal background check. Starting salary will be $55, 707. This is a set salary without room for negotiation.

Duties:
Duties for this position include conducting client interviews, including timely jail visits as needed, and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and litigating motions, litigating jury and bench trials, and handling cases before the Virginia Court of Appeals and Virginia Supreme Court. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile, and Circuit Courts. This includes thorough legal research and writing in each case, investigating possible defenses, as well as identifying appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients. Attorneys in this position are expected to litigate their client’s cases through sentencing, focusing on holistic representation and working closely with mitigation specialists in the office, clients, and client’s families, to tell our client’s stories to judges and juries to achieve the most equitable results possible in their cases.

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.

Position: Attorney - Assistant Public Defender I - Fredericksburg, VA
Organization: Virginia Defenders
Location: Fredericksburg,  VA 
United States
Salary: $55,707.00 + State Benefits
Posting Start Date: 6/28/2021
Date Posted: 6/16/2021
Requirements
Requirements: 

Applicants registered to take the VA State Bar are encouraged to apply. A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Virginia State Bar admission are required for consideration for this fulltime, salaried position as an Assistant Public Defender. HOWEVER, offers may be made to those registered to take the VA State Bar Exam and/or those who intend to waive in for licensure in Virginia.

• Basic knowledge of criminal law, Virginia criminal procedure, constitutional law, and familiarity with the VIDC’s Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Representation.
• Ability to receive feedback, and direction, from multiple sources, and to quickly incorporate and utilize constructive feedback.
• Experience working independently, but also collaboratively as a team, with quick deadlines and changing information.
• Strong communication skills, including communicating clearly with clients, court staff, teammates, colleagues, and supervisors about needs and expectations.
• Ability to argue effectively in writing, and orally, on behalf of clients, and to argue persuasively for clients in a court room setting.
• Commitment to working in the Fredericksburg region is required.
• A valid driver’s license and the means to travel to all courts and regional jails are required.

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Status: This listing expires on: 9/14/2021
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Organization Information
Name:
Virginia Defenders
Address:
2300 Fall Hill Ave
Suite 200
Fredericksburg,  VA 22401
United States
Email:
lwhitley@vadefenders.org
Phone:
(540) 899-4814
Fax:
(540) 372-3599
Contact:
Lauren Whitley