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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. Candidates must be dedicated to serving racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities and contributing to an anti-oppressive workplace environment. Consider joining our team! Posting closes on Jan. 1, 2023.

Excellent benefits
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Training and career development programs
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: 7/5/2022
Requirements
  • J.D. from an accredited law school. (Current law students must apply through a separate posting designated for those who intend to take the bar. This posting will be available in August 2022).
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocacy for disadvantaged individuals and/or to issues of economic, social, and racial justice.
  • Demonstrated analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. 
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage a caseload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality around sensitive issues
  • Admission to Washington State Bar Association or licensing in other states qualifying for a license under Rule 8.
  • A valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner.
  • Must be at least 21 years old in order to enter facilities where our clients are being held.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/3/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
King County Department of Public Defense
Address:
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Email:
fforgash@kingcounty.gov
Phone:
Fax:
Contact:
Falisha Forgash