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Attorney - Assistant Public Defender I/II - Southwest Virginia Offices
Virginia Defenders – Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is seeking to fill numerous Assistant Public Defender positions that will serve our mission of protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy.
The positions require licensure with the Virginia State Bar, HOWEVER December 2021 and May 2022 Law School Graduates are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in applying and joining our mission, please complete an application. If you have specific questions related to applying, please contact us at recruiting@vadefenders.org.
The Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is excited to announce this opportunity to be on the front lines of what many consider to be the modern-day Civil Rights Movement—criminal justice and justice reform. This is a unique platform to develop and pursue social change and impact the lives of clients.
The IDC’s Southwest Virginia region of Public Defender Offices have openings for attorneys who are committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle criminal cases for adults and juveniles in various stages of litigation. The IDC is dedicated to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Chief Public Defender of their office and is employed at will. The Assistant Public Defender must have compassion for our indigent clients, excellent legal skills, the ability to spot and anticipate legal issues, the ability to write, edit and review motions and briefs, and the ability to make sound legal arguments in a courtroom setting. This position requires the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and post-trial motions, litigating motions, and noticing appropriate appealable issues. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts. The attorney is expected to see clients in jail in a timely manner and communicate regularly with the client, family members, and other approved parties.
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/II - Southwest Virginia Offices
Organization: Virginia Defenders
Location: Henrico,  VA 
United States
Salary: $55,707.00 + $63,859.00 State Benefits
Posting Start Date: 8/1/2022
Date Posted: 8/21/2022
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Virginia State Bar admission is required for consideration for this fulltime, salaried position. HOWEVER, offers may be made to those intending on taking the Virginia Bar Exam in 2022 and/or those who intend to waive in for licensure in Virginia.
  • An active interest in the cause of indigent defense, criminal justice reform, and social justice.
  • The ability to learn and quickly internalize feedback is important.
  • The ability to track and meet deadlines.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments and remain organized.
  • A valid driver’s license and the means to travel to all courts and regional jails are required.
  • Knowledge of criminal law and evidence is required.

To qualify for the Assistant Public Defender II position, the applicant must be licensed and have some experience in criminal defense along with the above mentioned qualifications.

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Status: This listing expires on: 11/19/2022
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Virginia Defenders

Henrico,  VA 23229
United States
Ashley Washington