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Attorney - 3rd-year law student and fellow/clerk
The King County Department of Public Defense seeks 3rd-year law students graduating between December 2022 and June 2023 and fellows or clerks to join our defense teams!

To apply or for more information, visit the King County careers page.

DPD 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, to advocate for pathways that will allow our clients to succeed, and to address systemic racism. We strive to create a flexible workplace culture that is inclusive, respectful, and supportive, premised on a shared anti-oppression framework.

DPD is looking for attorneys who want to be a part of the fight on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys work in teams with skilled investigators, mitigation specialists, paralegals, and other support staff to provide client-centered representation. We encourage attorneys to go to trial and our attorneys are supported by experienced supervisors. Expert services are regularly funded, in keeping with state court rules. Through its robust training program, DPD provides frequent in-house trainings and opportunities to participate in the best national trainings.

Successful candidates will be dedicated, hard-working advocates, with the ability to develop excellent trial, research, and writing skills. An ability to think critically and creatively in a fast-paced environment is essential in this role, as well as a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to representing indigent persons. Strong candidates will also possess the ability to receive feedback constructively and to reflect on and modify performance accordingly.

Posting closes at midnight on Oct. 23, 2022.
Position: Attorney - 3rd-year law student and fellow/clerk
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $78,361 annually + excellent benefits
Posting Start Date: 10/23/2022
Date Posted: 9/16/2022
Requirements Based on assignment, include the following:
  • 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 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 of investigators, mitigation specialists, and paralegals to develop and implement legal strategies and 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: 12/15/2022
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King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
(120) 626-3136 x4
Falisha Forgash