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Public Defense Attorney
The King County Department of Public Defense (DPD) seeks skilledcommittedcreative advocates who will fight for clients while working to dismantle a harmful and racially disproportionate system.

DPD seeks attorneys who want to be a part of the fight on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys work in teams that include skilled investigators, mitigation specialists, paralegals, and other support staff to provide client-centered representation. DPD encourages trial with the support and assistance of experienced supervisors. DPD attorneys employ robustly funded expert services/witnesses, in keeping with state court rules. Our training program provides frequent in-house trainings and opportunities to participate in the best national trainings. Attorneys enjoy flexible work schedules and may telecommute when they do not have court or client-related obligations.

To apply and learn more, please visit the King County career page. Posting closes at midnight on 7/2/2023.
Position: Public Defense Attorney
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $76,950 - $149,126 + excellent benefits
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 1/24/2023
Requirements

SCOPE OF JOB DUTIES: 

  • Provide competent legal representation to and advocacy for indigent clients including with individuals who lack English proficiency.
  • Handle all aspects of representation, from arraignment through trial and, if necessary, sentencing and post-trial; conduct plea and other negotiations and mitigation.
  • Engage in motions practice involving research, writing, and arguing pretrial motions, including working with and preparing experts in various fields.
  • Work with a diverse client base who may be experiencing traumatic mental illness, drug addiction, or other systemic issues. 
  • Develop and implement legal strategies and properly assess and address client needs, which may include partnering with investigators, mitigation specialists, and paralegals.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO:
  • Can provide client-driven representation that includes frequent and detailed communication with the client, choosing the most effective medium for the client.
  • Champion equity and social justice; understand pervasive, systematic racism and its long-term effects; feels comfortable engaging in candid and sincere conversations with all interested parties about race and equity in our work. 
  • Possess excellent communication skills. Can effectively communicate to all interested parties their analysis either spoken or in writing. 
  • Can manage a high caseload in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Feel comfortable working with diverse clients (race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, and national origin).
In addition, it is highly desirable if you:
  • Have proficiency in languages other than English, particularly Spanish. 
  • Possess clinical training in public defense.
  • Have lived experience involving the criminal legal system shared by DPD’s clients.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/24/2023
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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