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Criminal Defense Attorney - Taos
To provide professional legal services for the Law Offices of the Public Defender in representing juvenile and adult indigent clients in areas of litigation, appeal, counsel, research and analysis.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Criminal Defense Attorney PD2, PD3, or PD4:
Incumbent will be considered for a Public Defender 2, 3, or 4 classification. Classification will be determined at the time of hire based on applicant's job related qualifications and agency critical need.
 
Public Defender 2 (PD2):
  • Attorneys at this level will handle a variety of misdemeanors and may assist in juvenile cases and youthful offender cases. 
  • May assist higher level attorneys with complex cases. 
  • Work is performed under the direction, guidance and supervision from more experienced colleagues and supervisor/manager.
  • Will conduct plea bargaining when appropriate with District Attorneys and other parties to establish agreements to resolve cases.
  • Will attend seminars, training classes and review current professional literature to maintain and develop professional skills and knowledge.
  • Drafts/reviews, proposes and prepares reports and legal documents.
 
Public Defender 3 (PD3)
  • Attorneys at this level should be able to represent clients in all misdemeanors or juvenile cases and low to medium level felonies with limited supervision.
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to lower levels attorneys and law clerks.
  • Works under the direction and guidance provided by higher level attorneys and/or Managing Attorney.
  • Will conduct plea bargaining when appropriate with District Attorneys and other parties to establish agreements to resolve cases.
  • Will attend seminars, training classes and review current professional literature to maintain and develop professional skills and knowledge.
  • Drafts/reviews, proposes and prepares reports and legal documents.
 
Public Defender 4 (PD4)
  • Positions at this level handle felony cases such as burglaries, drug crimes, property crimes and probation violations with limited supervision.
  • May handle more complex level felonies with some guidance/direction from a higher level attorney/managing attorney.
  • Has acquired sufficient knowledge and/or experience to handle an appellate caseload. 
  • Has knowledge and experience to prepare appellate briefs and argue cases before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court with some direction from higher level Attorneys.
  • Provides guidance and advice to lower level attorneys.
  • Works independently and is able to recognize and resolve complex issues related to the caseload.
  • Will attend seminars, training classes and review current professional literature to maintain and develop professional skills and knowledge.
  • Drafts/reviews, proposes and prepares reports and legal documents.
  • Performs related and other duties as assigned. 
 
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Note: An employee with this classification may be required to perform at a PD4, PD3, PD2 level or duties of a lower classification without additional compensation. Employee will be required to show competence in all levels PD2 through PD4.
Position: Criminal Defense Attorney - Taos
Organization: Law Offices of The Public Defender
Location: Taos,  NM 
United States
Salary: $53,996.80 - $120,161.60 Annually
Posting Start Date: 10/24/2018
Date Posted: 10/24/2018
Requirements
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
PD2: Current license as an attorney issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court or eligible for limited license issued by New Mexico Supreme Court.

PD3: Current licensure as an attorney issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court or eligible for limited license issued by New Mexico Supreme Court and one (1) year of experience as a practicing attorney.

PD4: Current license as an attorney issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court or eligible for limited license issued by New Mexico Supreme Court and four (4) years of experience as a practicing attorney.  
 
 
EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Collective Bargaining: This position may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

Default FLSA: Exempt.

The Law Offices of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political affiliation or religion, mental or physical disability, or serious medical condition.

All applications must be submitted online at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lopdnm?page=1
Status: This listing expires on: 1/22/2019
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Law Offices of The Public Defender
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Taos,  NM 87571
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Cassandra Montoya

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