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Associate Trial Counsel - Kansas City, MO
The Missouri State Public Defender System is accepting applications for an Associate Trial Counsel in the Kansas City Capital Office. Attorney will represent capital clients. Capital clients have been charged with first degree murder, and the State has filed a notice that it intends to seek the death penalty. The clients come from throughout the state, with an emphasis on those charged in the western half. Extensive travel is required.

Capital litigation is different from non-capital trial practice. Most capital cases involve strong evidence of guilt. Extensive pretrial practice focuses on sentencing advocacy, negotiation, motions (legal and evidentiary), and social work. Successful capital litigation focuses on plea agreements and keeping capital jury trials to a bare minimum. This is not a practice area for lawyers who live for the rush of excitement that surrounds a jury trial. However, capital pretrial motion practice creates trial-like demands and requires experts and multi-day hearings. During preparation, the capital team must progressively and thoroughly evaluate the entire case.

All capital lawyers are expected develop one-on-one relationships with the client and the client’s family/support system. Associate trial counsels do not independently take on primary roles. Typically, the associate trial counsel progresses by shadowing senior team members and taking on relatively minor case assignments. On a capital team, associate trial counsels are expected to take direction from lead trial counsel and to be open to suggestions from the mitigation specialist and investigator. 
Position: Associate Trial Counsel - Kansas City, MO
Organization: Missouri State Public Defender
Location: Kansas City,  MO 
United States
Salary: $6536-$7334/mo+State benefits
Posting Start Date: 7/20/2023
Date Posted: 7/20/2023
Requirements Qualifications: Must be a member of Missouri bar or eligible for Missouri licensure.  Candidates must have experience in litigating complex and serious trials. Preferred qualifications include at least five years of criminal defense practice.
Salary/Benefits: Eligible for full state benefits including health, life, and long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, CLE training, and payment of bar dues. Salary range is $6,536 -$7,334 per month.
To Apply:  An Application for Employment must be received in Human Resources no later than Aug. 9, 2023, to be considered for opening. Applicants may also provide a resume, cover letter, and/or writing sample. Applications can be obtained at any Public Defender office, via website at publicdefender.mo.gov or by calling (573) 777-9977, ext. 202.
Send completed applications by mail, fax, or email to:
Missouri State Public Defender
Attn: Human Resources
Woodrail Centre
1000 W. Nifong, Bldg. 7, Suite 100
Columbia, MO  65203
Fax: 573-777-9976
Email: human.resources@mspd.mo.gov
Missouri State Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/18/2023
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Missouri State Public Defender
920 Main St
Ste 500
Kansas City,  MO 64105
United States
(573) 777-9977
(573) 777-9976
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