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Assistant Public Defender - Trumbull Co. Juvenile Division
Applications are accepted via the Ohio Hiring Management System at this link. Deadline to apply: 7/6/2022. 

The Assistant Public Defender (APD) will serve in the Trumbull County Office of our Trial Services Division. The Trumbull County Office provides criminal defense representation to clients who cannot otherwise afford an attorney in the courts of Trumbull County. This APD position will primarily represent indigent trial-level juvenile clients in juvenile court delinquency cases, and may also assist or provide representation to clients in the Municipal and Common Pleas courts as needed. Note: This position does not involve post-trial representation on direct appeal, state post-conviction, or federal habeas litigation.

The succesful APD candidate will be passionate about juvenile advocacy and its impact on the future of an individual's life. They will thrive in a close-knit enivornment and be interested in trial-level work and providing client service in a meaningful way. A succesful candidate will also be eager to work with their supervisor to learn the intricacies of the position and succeed in providing high-quality representation and achieving desireable outcomes for juvenile clients.

Essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare cases for tiral
  • Conduct pre-trial conferences, hearings, and plea negotiations
  • Examine witnesses
  • Present legal arguments and evidence
  • Liaison with community programs for alternative case resolutions
  • Explain legal concepts to juvenile clients in an accessible way

The qualified applicant will have demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Substantive and procedural criminal law, with a focus on juvenile law
  • The unique approach of working with youth
  • The rules of evidence
  • Constitutional law applicable to criminal litigation
  • Issues pertaining to trying a criminal case before a jury
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender ("OPD") is the state agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to people accused or convicted of a crime who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
Our Mission:      Advocating. Fighting. Helping.
Our Vision:         A Fair Justice System. 
Our Values:        Compassion. Dignity. Equity. Integrity. Service. Community.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:  Our commitment to inclusion is inseparable from our commitment to a fair justice system. We strive to ensure inclusive spaces and services for our staff, our clients, and Ohio’s diverse communities. We are committed to building a work environment where all our team members have a voice and can embrace our differences to innovate service to the public. We can best meet our public defense mission through a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, where employees thrive, our mission is accomplished, and Ohioans are served. #TeamOPD is grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion as we work together to pursue fairness and justice for all people.
Position: Assistant Public Defender - Trumbull Co. Juvenile Division
Organization: Ohio Public Defender
Location: Columbus,  OH 
United States
Salary: $31.56/hour
Posting Start Date: 6/29/2022
Date Posted: 6/29/2022
Admission to Ohio bar pursuant to section 4705.01.
Note: Prior to representing a client in federal court or U.S. Supreme court, attorney shall obtain admission to practice law in that court; prior to appointment as appellate counsel for an indigent defendant in a capital case pursuant to Appt.Coun.R. 5.02 & 5.03, an attorney shall obtain certification from the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases.
Note: Eligibility to practice under a Certificate to Practice Law Pending Admission in Ohio, under Rule I, Section 19 of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio, or eligibility to practice under a Temporary Certification for Practice in Legal services, Public Defender, and Law School Programs under Rule IX of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio, may be accepted in lieu of admission to the Ohio Bar pursuant to R.C. Section 4705.02.
Knowledge of criminal law, judicial system & process in Ohio, human relations, policies & procedures of Office of the Ohio Public Defender* (e.g., standards promulgated*); legal counseling; interviewing; public relations. Skill in: Word processing (e.g., Microsoft Office), computer software applications (e.g., OPD Online*, Legal Research Software*), keyboarding, equipment operations (e.g., computer, scanner, copier). Ability to deal with many variables & determine specific action; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages; prepare & review pleadings, briefs, motions & memoranda; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; complex legal issues, some without clear legal precedent, involving significant risks & mental strain; ability to maintain attention to detail & professional composure under intense pressure &
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volatile circumstances; establish good rapport with clients & their families &/or work cooperatively with county public defenders & members of private bar; handle contacts with federal, state & local officials or group representatives to resolve problems concerning specific clients or criminal law in general.
(*) Developed after employment.

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.  
All final applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to test for illegal drug use prior to appointment. An applicant with a positive test shall not be offered employment.

Status: This listing expires on: 9/27/2022
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United States
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