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Assistant Public Defender I / II (Attorney)
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The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Public Defender I or II for the Winchester Public Defender’s Office.  The qualified candidate should be committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients.  The attorney will handle trial and appellate cases.  The VIDC is dedicated to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high- quality legal advocacy. The Assistant Public Defender position report to the Public Defender of the Winchester Office and is employed at will.
Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and litigating motions.  The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile, and Circuit Courts, as well as identifying appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients as well as the Virginia Court of Appeals and Virginia Supreme Court
Position: Assistant Public Defender I / II (Attorney)
Organization: Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Location: Winchester,  VA 
United States
Salary: $51,634 / $59,190
Posting Start Date: 9/28/2018
Date Posted: 9/28/2018
Requirements Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Virginia State Bar admission is required for this fulltime, salaried position. Applicants pending bar results may be considered for an Assistant Public Defender I position, but must successfully pass the Bar Exam and be admitted to the Virginia State Bar to be eligible for full-time, salaried employment. Knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence is required along with experience in the use of Microsoft Office applications and skills in keyboarding. The qualified candidate must have the ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, as well as master subject matter and thoroughly prepare cases. The ability to learn and accept constructive criticism is important as well as the ability to respond quickly and effectively in addressing issues and questions. The qualified applicant will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as well as 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.  To qualify for the Assistant Public Defender II position the incumbent must have at least three (3) years experience along with the above mentioned qualifications.

Prior experience in representing indigent defendants in a Virginia Public Defender Office or as a Court Appointed attorney, or internship/fellowship doing the same is preferred. Spanish language proficiency preferred.
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Status: This listing expires on: 12/27/2018
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Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

Winchester,  VA 24523
United States
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