Public Defender Services of Lane County, Inc., is looking for an Attorney Trainer to join our team in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, as we work to strengthen our skills and move towards a smaller caseload with an increased emphasis on holistic representation.
This role primary involves training attorneys, working a small caseload, and second chairing trials with other lawyers. The role is 75 percent training, 25 percent trial level caseload. The ideal candidate is an experienced trial attorney who has a strong knowledge of criminal procedure from arraignments to complex trials; understands how to develop effective training programs through a client-centered lens. To ensure the delivery of high-quality legal services, the Attorney Trainer will provide training in trial skills, forensic evidence, expert witnesses and other opportunities to sharpen litigation skills. This position will work in tandem with our Director of Training, who runs our clinical program at the University of Oregon Law School and assists in training new lawyers.
Responsibilities of the Attorney Trainer
- Embrace and embolden PDSLC’s mission statement and goals of client-centered advocacy and commitment to excellence.
- Design, implement, and improve training programs for attorneys, and work in tandem with the Director of Training to develop training for professional support staff.
- Assist in managing office training resources including a shared motion bank.
- Present and organize lectures, facilitate large and small group discussions, provide coaching and feedback at skills exercises and mock hearings.
- Coordinate with members of PDSLC’s leadership team and provide feedback for personnel evaluations.
- Research, prepare, and publish training materials, legal outlines, practice guides and advisories.
- Prepare an annual training plan. Collaborate with others locally, statewide, and nationally to plan and implement innovative training programs.
- Provide vigorous direct representation with energy and enthusiasm to our clients in a limited number of cases; a greater number of cases will be second chair or supervisory roles. Cases are not expected to take up more than a quarter of the overall job responsibilities.
HOW TO APPLY
- A demonstrated commitment to criminal justice, indigent defense, racial equity and social justice issues and a substantive understanding of the issues impacting our clients.
- In-depth understanding of all phases of the legal system with experience representing clients in all aspects of criminal cases.
- Substantial experience as a trainer and skills in supervision and performance coaching.
- Knowledge of training evaluation and needs assessments.
- Ability to develop curricula and training materials and present information to audiences in a clear and engaging manner.
- Ability to facilitate small group discussion and coach skills exercises to maximize learning for participants.
- Ability to organize event logistics and work concurrently on multiple short term and long-range projects.
- A track record of strategically guiding cases, projects and relationships; applying good and practiced judgment; and routinely pushing through roadblocks to achieve goals.
- Ability to quickly build relationships across varying identities, income levels, races and ethnicities.
- A high level of organizational and administrative skills.
- Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Brook Reinhard at email@example.com
with the subject line “Attorney Trainer position”. Please send your application as one document, preferably PDF. Applicants must be current members of the Oregon State Bar or out of state lawyers able to qualify for comity (our state bar has greatly relaxed their previous requirements). Our preferred start date for this position is October 24. Compensation: Pay is commensurate with experience and will reflect both OPDS case level qualification and training experience: $87,170 - $122,568 for a major-felony qualified lawyer, and $111,173 - $136,191 for a murder-qualified attorney. PDSLC is an equal opportunity employer and offers an excellent benefits package. We will be collecting applications and evaluating materials on a rolling basis, so apply soon if you’re interested.
For more information about PDSLC, please visit our website at www.lanepds.org
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About Public Defender Services of Lane County
Public Defender Services of Lane County is a private non-profit organization committed to defending the rights of people who are facing a loss of their personal liberty due to the actions of the state. We represent adults and juveniles charged with everything from trespass to murder. We fight for the rights of people who are accused of violating their probation, and for those who are facing jail because they are behind on their child support payments. We fight for the rights of parents and children when the State becomes involved in termination proceedings, and we fight for the rights of those afflicted with mental illness when the state tries to hold them in the state hospital against their will.
The office has a rich history of defense advocacy, and has been a non-profit public defender since 1977. You’ll have the benefit of mentorship from attorneys with decades of experience, as well as new perspectives from newer members of our team. Our office qualifies for public interest loan forgiveness, subject to the whims of the federal government. We offer excellent starting benefits including three weeks of vacation, a generous retirement plan, competitive health insurance and the satisfaction from fighting the good fight and being the champion of the underdog.
We strive to put our clients first, and zealously pursue our client’s best interest regardless if it’s a person facing a single charge of criminal trespass or someone facing allegations of violent felonies.
ABOUT OUR ATTORNEYS
Our lawyers are fighters, thinkers and doers. They know when to call out bad faith arguments and when to let things go unsaid. But most importantly, they are committed to their clients, and fight to redeem those that society says are unredeemable. Trial attorneys are generally responsible for a caseload of 15 to 20 new cases a month. We have a mix of misdemeanor, minor felony and major felony-qualified attorneys, and the experience level ranges from 2022 bar numbers to attorneys who have been at our office for 43 years. Attorneys in our office are the first person a client sees in the jail, and they are responsible for the case from the day the Court appoints us to whenever the case is finally resolved, including referring cases for appeal and fixing sentencing issues. Attorneys are tireless advocates in and out of the courtroom, with strong client skills, professional in their dealings with everyone in the criminal justice system, and able to interact successfully in a large office with a professional support staff including legal assistants, secretaries, and licensed private investigators.
Our Mission Statement: We treat our clients with dignity, empower them to make informed choices and fight to defend their rights.
Our goals (how we fulfill our Mission):
1. We deliver outstanding legal services.
2. We uphold the presumption of innocence without regard to the accusations against our clients.
3. We deal ethically with our clients, witnesses, the courts, and all other representatives of the criminal justice system.
4. We strive to lead by example in the criminal justice community.
5. We provide a supportive environment where employees and clients are treated with respect and dignity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic and cultural background, religion, age or disability.