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Public Defense Attorney
The King County Department of Public Defense (DPD) seeks skilled, committed, creative 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.
Successful candidates will be dedicated, hard-working advocates, with excellent trial, research, and writing skills. Candidates must be dedicated to serving people who are racially and socioeconomically marginalized and contributing to an anti-oppressive workplace environment.

To apply and for additional information, visit the King County Career Site.
Position: Public Defense Attorney
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $76,950 to $149,126 + excellent benefits
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 3/2/2023
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.
  • Depending upon assignment, detailed specifics of job duties are assigned by practice area and agency. 

  • 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).
Status: This listing expires on: 5/31/2023
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King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Falisha Forgash