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Public Defense Mitigation Specialist
The King County Department of Public Defense is hiring mitigation specialists. Work with a team to develop defense strategies, make diagnostic assessments, write mitigation reports, support clients in finding needed services, and more.

Mitigation specialists assist attorneys by assessing clients and their families, participating in case strategy and planning, and presenting relevant diagnostic social service needs of clients, particularly as it pertains to establishing the best possible legal defense and/or outcome. They also testify in court, when appropriate, coordinate and refer clients to relevant social services, and advocate for clients in the criminal legal system by investigating, developing, and presenting information that supports an alternative sentencing or dispositional plan.

The King County Department of Public Defense provides robust legal representation to indigent clients in felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile defense, family defense (dependency cases), involuntary commitment (mental illness), sex offender commitment, and inquests. We work with the community to dismantle the systems that oppress our clients, to make the traditional systems that remain as restorative as possible, and to advocate for pathways that will allow our clients to succeed. We also advocate to reduce the harm and reach of the criminal and civil legal system and address systemic racism. We strive to create a flexible workplace culture that is inclusive, respectful, and supportive, premised on a shared anti-oppression framework.

This is an excellent opportunity for people who are passionate about social justice, racial equity, and the rights of those ensnared in a harmful system.

Excellent salary + benefits. To apply, visit the King County career site. Job listing closes on July 3, 2022.
Position: Public Defense Mitigation Specialist
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $82,825 - $104,977
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 5/24/2022
  • Master's degree in Social Work or a related behavioral science field. Criminal defense experience or familiarity with the populations that DPD serves is required. This education and experience should demonstrate an ability to work with clients who may be under pressure and in stress, helping them to navigate complex bureaucracies and access the assistance they need.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep up to date with changing work and practices in the social work/mitigation specialist field and to ensure compliance with the latest laws, regulations and techniques to support our clients.
  • Knowledge of the role of the attorney-mitigation specialist relationship and familiarity with the Washington State Bar Association Rules of Professional Responsibility and other ethical standards which govern Mitigation Specialists. This is necessary to support ethical and fair representation for each and every client we serve.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of social services, including case management, assessment, coordination/referrals, research, mediation, report writing, and oral communications. This is vital to ensure accuracy, effective service delivery, and legal compliance.
  • Knowledge of the use of mitigation in criminal justice cases, to secure the best outcomes for those we serve.
  • Knowledge of criteria for reliable bio-psychosocial assessment, to assure that those we serve receive appropriate assessment and subsequent care and to improve a client’s cognition regarding their circumstances.
  • Skill in handling confidential information to safeguard client privacy and identity.
  • Skill in identifying potential ethical issues and seeking advice/counsel when ethical issues arise or require clarification, to guarantee ethical and fair representation for each and every client we serve.
  • Skill in preparing detailed narrative reports, correspondence and other written materials to actively and progressively support a positive narrative and outcome for those we serve.
  • Ability to testify effectively at trial, sentencing or other hearings to promote positive representation, and garner best outcomes for those we serve.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, in person and in writing, to represent our clients in the best possible light.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/22/2022
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King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Falisha Forgash