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Public Defense Attorney
The King County Department of Public Defense is recruiting skilled, energetic advocates committed to providing high-quality legal representation to indigent clients and joining us in our fight to dismantle a harmful and racist system. We’re looking for dedicated, hard-working attorneys who possess excellent trial, research, and writing skills and an ability to think critically and creatively in a fast-paced environment. DPD practices in several areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile defense, family defense (dependency cases), involuntary commitment (mental illness), sex offender commitment, and contempt of court.  Consider joining our team! Visit King County’s career page to learn more or to apply. Posting closes on June 30, 2022.
Position: Public Defense Attorney
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $70,773 - $130,508 + excellent benefits
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 1/6/2022
  • Provide legal representation to and advocacy for indigent clients.
  • Communicate effectively, including with individuals who lack English proficiency.
  • Handle all aspects of representation, from arraignment through trial and, if necessary, sentencing, and post-trial.
  • Engage in a robust motions practice involving research, writing, and arguing pretrial motions.
  • Conduct plea and other negotiations and mitigation. 
  • Locate, work with, and prepare experts in various fields.
  • Provide client-driven representation that includes frequent and detailed communication with the client, choosing the most effective medium for the client.
  • Work with clients who may be experiencing mental illness, drug addiction, or other issues. 
  • Work with young adults, youth, and children.
  • Work closely with, and in some instances lead, a team that includes investigators, mitigation specialists, and paralegals to develop and implement legal strategy and to properly assess and address client needs.
  • Handle on-call 24-hour coverage – which, per attorney, currently occurs approximately one week a year – or two Saturday calendars.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/6/2022
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King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Falisha Forgash