Regular Full-time, Exempt (salaried, with a considerable benefits & relocation package)
We want you to join our team!
Do you want the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need of defense? Do you want to work on a team that values diversity and collaboration? Do you like teaching and learning from colleagues, creative ways improve defense services for adults, children, families, and communities? Would you like to teach newer attorneys how to do the work of equity and justice for an underserved rural community, while living in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest? Then we want to hear from you!
Job Duties Include (but are not limited to) :
This classification performs professional legal work encompassing all aspects and stages of very difficult and complex cases assigned to the Umpqua Valley Public Defender Office. This position will be responsible for training attorneys who have been with the firm &/or practicing law for less than 18 months and is responsible for keeping training materials and office manuals up to date and relevant. This position will also carry a small caseload which will help assist the hands on portion of training new attorneys to reach their steps in the OPDS qualifications.
Principal duties include:
- Assist in formulating, establishing, and maintaining UVPD training policies and procedures and setting up new training programs.
- Update the Attorney Manual to ensure it is a current representation of policies and procedures, and help the Assistant Director ensure that supervised attorneys are following procedures outlined in the employee manual and attorney manual.
- Assist in the training of newly hired attorneys on UVPD policies and procedures with their cases; meet at least monthly for feedback and review of recent trials to improve the attorneys’ performance as needed. Train and mentor attorneys in all aspects of trial-level indigent defense in juvenile or adult criminal matters.
- Represent clients with complex or significant cases, while managing a significantly reduced caseload. Draft legal motions, direct the focus of investigative efforts, ensure the client is able to make informed choices regarding whether to go to trial or take a plea, and take cases to trial when the client so directs. Prepare and appear at various non-trial court appearances; pre-trial motions, pleas, sentencing, restitution, various hearings, arraignments.
- Review state and federal case law and legislative and administrative changes to stay current in the best practices in indigent defense.
- Attend various community events and Board meetings to represent the Public Defender’s Office.
||Umpqua Valley Public Defender
||$82,176 - $127,468 DOE
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||Knowledge, skill and ability required by this position:
- Thorough knowledge required regarding: Legal principles, procedures, terminology, forms and legal analysis, substantive and procedural criminal law, juvenile law, civil forfeiture laws, child support laws, administrative regulations and case law administrative hearings, courtroom and trial procedures including state, federal, trial and appellate courts and Oregon rules of evidence; investigative techniques, scientific laboratory analysis techniques and procedures for case preparation.
- Significant skill and experience with: thorough courtroom case presentation; analyzing facts, evidence, cases, statutes, and precedents to arrive at logical conclusions; proper technique in handling exhibits and documents; writing clear and concise reports, records, legal documents and statistical data.
- Ability to: Communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written forms; manage legal cases including preparing and presenting cases for trial in court; analyze and evaluate statements of witnesses, victims and obtain evidence; analyze financial data as it pertains to child support enforcement; effectively negotiate cases with District Attorney’s office ; supervise and provide advice and guidance to attorneys and support staff; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish or monitor new policy, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibility; work independently, use judgment during stressful situations and use time efficiently; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, clients, victims, witnesses, media, professionals, state agencies, law enforcement officials, attorneys, courts and the public.
They Will Also Have the Ability to:
- Interact effectively with the courts, other law enforcement agencies, rehabilitative agencies, and the legal profession.
- Maintain satisfactory public relations.
- Understand, interpret, and apply statutes, court rules, regulations, and polices as they relate to clients.
- Express ideas and recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Effectively work and communicate with individuals and groups from a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.
- Work independently and exercise sound judgment.
- Objectively evaluate information and make appropriate decisions.
- Establish and maintain accurate and complete records.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with individuals of varying backgrounds and abilities.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals, whether members of the public or coworkers, from diverse groups and backgrounds.
Employee's work is conducted in court, offices, and other community sites. Employee has contact with a wide range of people including some exhibiting anger and frustration under stressful conditions. The employee will be exposed to and need to deal with a range of emotionally charged issues, confronting where necessary. Must have a valid driver's license and acceptable driving record. If no driver's license, must be able to provide alternate method of transportation. Some overnight travel may be required to attend meetings and trainings that may be within or outside of the state. Hours of work will generally be Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm, but may vary, and may include evenings and weekends.
What’s In It For You:
When you join the Umpqua Valley Public Defender’s office, you join a supportive community of employees dedicated to Oregon’s most vulnerable population. Career growth and development is encouraged through training, community participation, and leadership opportunities. UVPD offers great benefits, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a superior retirement plan, as well as relocation and signing bonuses.
Education, experience and training:
Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree and 4 or more years of progressively responsible work experience as an attorney. Strong preference given to candidates with at least one year supervisory experience. At time of appointment, must be Measure 11 or TPR qualified under Oregon Public Defense Services Qualification Standards for Court Appointed Counsel, and a member of the Oregon Bar Association or a member in good standing of a Bar who can readily apply for comity into the Oregon Bar.
How to apply:
Via email of resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or via fax of same to 541-673-2748
UVPD commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
||This listing expires on: 1/9/2023