MUNICIPAL COURT COORDINATOR
The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) is looking for a Municipal Court Coordinator, which is a full-time employee (FTE) position. The Coordinator manages and maintains two programs within the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel: The Municipal Court Program (MCP) and the Municipal Court-Appointed Counsel Program (MCCP). The MCP evaluates court-appointed counsel in Colorado’s municipal courts pursuant to C.R.S. § 13-10-114.5 by assessing the independence and competence of court-appointed counsel. The MCCP is a program established pursuant to C.R.S. § 21-3-103(1)(c) that provides court-appointed counsel to contracted Municipal Courts.
In this role, the Municipal Court Coordinator will strive to ensure that court-appointed clients charged with a municipal ordinance violation that carries any possibility of incarceration are represented by independent and constitutionally competent counsel. Additionally, the Coordinator will develop collaborative working relationships with municipal court staff and court-appointed counsel and prepare and present informational and educational workshops to a variety of stakeholders. The Coordinator will also help to provide training and ensure the availability of beneficial resources to court-appointed counsel.
The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) is the legislatively created state agency responsible for providing client services and legal representation for indigent individuals (adults and youth) when the state has charged them with a criminal or delinquent act, and the state public defender’s office has a conflict of interest. Additionally, with respect to municipal courts, the OADC evaluates participating attorneys for independence and competence and contracts with municipalities to provide court-appointed counsel. The OADC accomplishes this by contracting with over 400 private attorneys and another 500 legal service providers (social workers, paralegals, investigators, legal researchers, case assistants, legal interns, etc.) to provide client services on an hourly basis. Our fundamental belief is that good holistic legal defense teams produce good results for our clients.
The mission of the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC), through the practice of holistic public defense, is to help adults and children who the government has charged with criminal and delinquent offenses. The OADC’s holistic practice model fosters ethical, informed, and standard-driven best practices in public defense. The OADC allocates resources in a manner intentionally designed to rebalance the disparate power wielded by the government in the criminal legal system. OADC advocates for every client’s inherent worth and dignity by centering the client’s lived experiences and voice to achieve the best legal outcome.
The OADC is dedicated to zealous, client-centered advocacy rooted in social justice, integrity, and humility. We recognize that we are working within a broken and racist criminal legal system. Public defense advocates play an essential role in challenging bias and disparity within the courtroom, within our offices, and within ourselves. Statistical data and experiences support that there is a disparate presence of violent policing, over-charging, and harsher sentencing outcomes for Colorado’s people of color and other vulnerable populations. The OADC is unwavering in its support of decarceration, the decriminalization of youth, and equity within the criminal legal system.
About the Job:
Pursuant to C.R.S. § 13-10-114.5 the Municipal Court Coordinator will ensure the independence and competence of court-appointed counsel in Municipal Courts that have requested such evaluation services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following duties:
- Review municipal court practices to ensure court-appointed counsel is free from judicial and political influence;
- Evaluate court-appointed counsel at least once every three years through court observations, evaluation of pleadings, review of court and billing records, and solicitation of feedback from third parties and review of other relevant activities;
- Develop collaborative working relationships with court officials to obtain input relevant to court-appointed counsel evaluations.
The Municipal Court Coordinator will research and analyze relevant criminal law, including case law, statutes, ordinances, social science research, implementation of multidisciplinary teamwork, and other practice areas related to municipal defense to further support court-appointed counsel. This includes, but is not limited to, the following duties:
- Understand and make municipal defenders aware of new case law, statutory changes, ethical issues, and professional responsibility rules affecting municipal defense;
- Encourage connections between municipal defenders and contract forensic social workers and clinical advocates, resource advocates, investigators, paralegals and other necessary contractors;
- Review social science research that affects municipal defense and assist attorneys in incorporating relevant research into their representation;
- Incorporate evidence-based practices and research into municipal defense to increase efficiency and improve outcomes for indigent municipal court clients, including training around holistic, multidisciplinary teamwork;
- Create and make available resources to municipal defenders to improve their practice and act as a conduit to connect municipal defenders.
The Municipal Court Coordinator will oversee the application and interview process for attorneys applying to represent court-appointed clients in municipal courts that have contracted with the OADC pursuant to C.R.S. § 21-2-103(1)(c). This includes, but is not limited to, the following duties:
- In collaboration with the OADC Director and Deputy Director, determine and administrate contracts executed pursuant to C.R.S. § 21-2-103(1)(c);
- Review, for renewal, OADC contractors assigned to the contracted municipal courts through court observations, evaluation of pleadings, review of court and billing records, and solicitation of third-party feedback;
- Collaborate with the contracted municipalities to ensure that contractors are timely assigned to cases and dockets are covered.
Lastly, miscellaneous duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Other duties deemed necessary to help fulfill our Mission.
- Assist municipal defender contractors, as requested, with case strategy, issues surrounding client relationships, developing a defense team, connection to resources, Agency policies, ethical questions, and technology;
- Travel to multiple judicial districts annually to meet with contractors, court-appointed counsel, and judicial personnel;
- Collaborate with other stakeholders and organizations to efficiently address common issues;
- Assist, as needed, with Agency budget preparation and legislative efforts affecting municipal courts;
- Assist in the creation and distribution of trainings for municipal defenders;
- Attend meetings and trainings as required.
The OADC is a collaborative workspace designed for people who thrive in a team environment. This position reports to the Deputy Director and will engage with all members of the OADC team.
MUNICIPAL COURT COORDINATOR
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Our ideal candidate will be passionate about team-oriented, holistic public defense and zealous in their commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and empathy.
In addition, the ideal candidate will have the following:
- Five years of experience practicing law in the criminal legal system (trial, appellate or postconviction) with municipal court experience preferred;
- Program development and supervisory experience encouraged;
- Training, mentoring, and teaching experience;
- Creative, self-motivated, and able to work in a decentralized environment without close supervision;
- The ability to work remotely, in an office setting, and travel throughout Colorado;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
- Excellent organizational and technological skills.
If you are offered employment, the following are the conditions of employment:
- Be a current resident of the State of Colorado or become a resident of the State of Colorado within 30 days of the hire date;
- Be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado or can be licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado within 90 days of the hire date;
- Have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle to meet travel requirements.
- Be willing to submit to a routine background investigation, including a criminal history check;
- If hired, the Immigration Reform and Control Act requires you to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States within three workdays.
You will be required to provide three references in addition to the following documents:
- Resume – Required
- Cover letter – Highly preferred
- Letter(s) of Reference – Highly preferred
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||This listing expires on: 12/16/2022