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Assistant Public Defender
CLASS TITLE: ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER IV
 
Direct Representation:
 
Representation of indigent defendants and respondents in all cases assigned.  Representation may include, depending upon the area of specialty, intake processing, collection of background information concerning the client and offense, interviewing clients and witnesses, case investigation, preparation for court proceedings, legal research and writing, and any other representation functions.  Representation also includes maintaining frequent contact and a good working relationship with client, and thorough knowledge of up-to-date and relevant law and procedure.
 
Administrative:
 
Maintaining accurate and complete files with entries made in a timely manner, and providing such reporting as may be required. Current and thorough knowledge of corrections and community treatment programs and other resources for clients. Participating in periodic evaluations. Periodic preparation of documents supporting office programs and funding.  Participating in public defender training and community programs. Intake interviews and financial eligibility determinations as required.
 
SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Entry level position, working under the direct supervision of unit or division head, with such latitude for the exercise of initiative and independent judgment as is inherent in the representation of clients assigned. Work is reviewed and evaluated periodically; close supervision on a daily basis is provided commensurate with experience and skills. 
 
CASELOADS: Caseloads are limited, in number and/or type, commensurate with experience and skills.
 
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: With respect to representation in individual cases, plans, organizes, coordinates, directs and reviews the work of professional assistants, investigators, social workers, and administrative support staff assigned to assist.
 
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
 
To advise and represent the legal interests of assigned clients pertaining to the technical and legal aspects in the relevant legal specialty.
 
Represent clients at a variety of court proceedings, including but not limited to hearings, conferences, oral arguments, and trials.
 
As assigned to provide legal assistance to inmates at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Training School, any federal penitentiary, or any state prison requesting assistance from the Office of the Public Defender for the purpose of resolving pending criminal charges.
 
As assigned to provide technical and legal assistance to any other assistant public defender as required.
 
To prepare detailed reports and recommendations.
 
To respond to requests for technical and/or legal advice as assigned by supervisor(s).
 
To remain knowledgeable about federal and state law, as relevant to the legal specialty practiced.   
 
As assigned to prepare briefs for memorandum and/or argument.
 
To prepare legal research necessary to conduct a criminal trial or hearing.
 
       To do related work as required.
      
 
PARTICIPANT IN THE J.R. JUSTICE
LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE
      
MINORITY CANDIDATES ADMITTED TO A STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
 
THE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND DIVERSITY EMPLOYER


 
Position: Assistant Public Defender
Organization: Rhode Island Public Defender
Location: Providence,  RI 
United States
Salary: Starting Salary $60,609
Posting Start Date: 10/9/2018
Date Posted: 10/9/2018
Requirements REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT:
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws; a thorough knowledge of the problems inherent in the criminal justice field; the ability to act as advisor and/or counselor to clients assigned; the ability to meet and deal effectively with officials of the State, Court, or local prosecution; the ability to conduct special research projects; the ability to prepare detailed factual reports; and related capacities and abilities.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
 
       Education:    Such as may have been gained through graduation from a law school of recognized standing, and
 
       Experience:   Such as may have been gained through employment as a practicing attorney or previous experience in a responsible position in a related field.
 
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  A graduate law degree comparable to a J.D. from an accredited law school; Admission to the RI State Bar, or eligibility for waived admission.
Status: This listing expires on: 1/7/2019
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Organization Information
Name:
Rhode Island Public Defender
Address:
160 Pine Street

Providence,  RI 02903
United States
Email:
aamaral@ripd.org
Phone:
401-222-3492
Fax:
401-222-3287
Contact:
Anne-Marie Amaral

NAPD News

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
This one of a kind conference is developed through surveys of the registrants.   You have a say in what sessions are offered and will have multiple options during the conference.
Click here to watch as the schedule develops based on your suggestions.
Click here to see the faculty list. 
Click here to register for the Investigator Conference Track.
Click here to register for the Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Track.
Click here to make a hotel reservation at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.
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November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.
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