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Attorney - Assistant Public Defender I/II - Chesterfield, VA
Virginia Defenders- Indigent Defense Commission is seeking to fill Assistant Public Defender I/II positions that will serve our mission of protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy.

The Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is excited to announce this opportunity to be on the front lines of what many consider to be the modern-day Civil Rights Movement-criminal justice and justice reform. This is a unique platform to develop and pursue social change and impact the lives of clients.

The IDC’s Chesterfield Office has openings for attorneys who are committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle criminal cases for adults and juveniles in various stages of litigation. The Assistant Public Defender I/II reports to the Chief Public Defender of the Chesterfield office and is employed at-will.

The Assistant Public Defender must have compassion for our indigent clients, excellent legal skills, the ability to spot and anticipate legal issues, the ability to write, edit and review motions and briefs, and the ability to make sound legal arguments in a courtroom setting. This position requires the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

If you are interested in applying and joining our mission, please complete an application. If you have specific questions related to applying, please contact us at recruiting@vadefenders.org.

Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and post-trial motions, litigating motions, and noticing appropriate appealable issues. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts. The attorney is expected to see clients in jail in a timely manner and communicate regularly with the client, family members, and other approved parties.

The IDC is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our workforce. We encourage and welcome qualified applicants of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
Position: Attorney - Assistant Public Defender I/II - Chesterfield, VA
Organization: Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Location: Richmond,  VA 
United States
Salary: $58,492.00 / $67,052.00 + State Benefits
Posting Start Date: 5/2/2023
Date Posted: 5/2/2023

Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Virginia State Bar admission is required for consideration for this full-time salaried position. However, offers may be made to those awaiting results from the February 2023 Virginia Bar Exam or those who intend to waive in for licensure in Virginia. May 2023 law school graduates are encouraged to apply!
An active interest in the cause of indigent defense, criminal justice reform, and social justice.
The ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, as well as master subject matter and prepare cases thoroughly.
The ability to learn and quickly internalize feedback is important.
The ability to track and meet deadlines.
The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and remain organized.
A valid driver’s license and the means to travel to all courts and regional jails are required.
Knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence is required.

To qualify for the Assistant Public Defender II position, the applicant must have at least two (2) years of experience in public defense along with the above-mentioned qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

To Apply go to: https://www.jobs.virginia.gov/jobs/attorney-assistant-public-defender-i-ii-chesterfield-chesterfield-virginia-united-states-03eea020-3a61-40c6-800d-9390f249d1fb

Status: This listing expires on: 7/31/2023
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Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
1604 Santa Rosa Road

Richmond,  VA 23229
United States
(804) 662-7249
Ashley Washington