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Public Defender 4 - Las Cruces, NM
To provide professional legal services for the Law Offices of the Public Defender in representing juvenile and adult indigent clients in areas of litigation, appeal, counsel, research and analysis. 

Essential Functions
  • Positions at this level handle felony cases such as burglaries, drug crimes, property crimes and probation violations with limited supervision.
  • May handle more complex level felonies with some guidance/direction from a higher level attorney/managing attorney.
  • Has acquired sufficient knowledge and/or experience to handle an appellate caseload. 
  • Has knowledge and experience to prepare appellate briefs and argue cases before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court with some direction from higher level Attorneys.
  • Provides guidance and advice to lower level attorneys.
  • Works independently and is able to recognize and resolve complex issues related to the caseload.
  • Will attend seminars, training classes and review current professional literature to maintain and develop professional skills and knowledge.
  • Drafts/reviews, proposes and prepares reports and legal documents.
  • Performs related and other duties as assigned.
Other Duties: 
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Note: An employee with this classification may be required to perform at a PD4 level or duties of a lower classification without additional compensation. Employee will be required to show competence in all levels PD2 through PD4.

All applications must be submitted online at
Position: Public Defender 4 - Las Cruces, NM
Organization: Law Offices of The Public Defender
Location: Las Cruces,  NM 
United States
Salary: $53,996.80 - $124,966.40 Annually
Posting Start Date: 9/20/2021
Date Posted: 9/20/2021
Minimum Qualifications

Current license as an attorney issued by the NM Supreme Court or eligible for limited license issued by NM Supreme Court and four (4) years of experience as a practicing attorney. 

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's License.

Collective Bargaining: This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

Default FLSA: Exempt

Geographic Pay Differential: This position may qualify for Geographic Pay Differential. Please refer to the LOPD website, Geographic Differential, for more information.

The Law Offices of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political affiliation or religion, mental or physical disability, or serious medical condition.

This job advertisement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

Preference may be given to multilingual applicants fluent in English and other languages.

Status: This listing expires on: 12/19/2021
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Organization Information
Law Offices of The Public Defender
505 S. Main Street, Suite 121

Las Cruces,  NM 88001
United States
Cassandra Montoya