Misdemeanor Supervisor Attorney
UVPD Misdemeanor Supervising Attorney Job Duties
This classification performs professional legal work encompassing all aspects and stages of very difficult and complex cases assigned to the Umpqua Valley Public Defender Office. This position directly supervises attorneys who have been with the firm &/or practicing law for less than 18 months and is responsible for keeping training materials and office manuals up to date and relevant. This position acts on behalf of the Director or Umpqua Valley Public Defender, and may speak for the Director, or Assistant Director if either, or both is unavailable.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES INCLUDE:
1. Supervise the attorneys assigned; assist in their training on UVPD policies and procedures with their cases; meet monthly for feedback and review; meet twice a year for formal reviews and work with the management team (currently: Director, Office Manager and Assistant Director) to improve the attorneys’ performance as needed. Perform intake procedures; review incoming discovery of alleged crime; determine if there are any adverse witnesses to note and run conflicts on; and if it is necessary to withdraw from a case.
2. Assist with updates of the Attorney Manual to ensure it is a current representation of policies and procedures; and ensure that supervised attorneys are following procedures outlined in the employee manual and attorney manual.
3. Represent the Director when both the Director & Assistant Director are unavailable or out of the office; assist in formulating, establishing and maintaining UVPD policies and procedures and setting up new programs.
4. Represent clients with complex and/or significant cases, draft legal motions, direct the focus of investigative efforts, ensure the client is able to make informed choices regarding whether to go to trial or take a plea, and take cases to trial when the client so directs. Prepare and appear at various non-trial court appearances; pre-trial motions, pleas, sentencing, restitution, various hearings, arraignments.
5. Review state and federal case law and legislative and administrative changes.
6. Attend various community events and Board meetings to represent the Public Defender’s Office.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION:
Thorough knowledge required regarding: Legal principles, procedures, terminology, forms and legal analysis substantive and procedural criminal (statutory and constitutional), civil including civil forfeiture laws, child support laws, administrative regulations and case law administrative hearings, courtroom and trial procedures including state, federal, trial and appellate courts and Oregon rules of evidence; investigative techniques, scientific laboratory analysis techniques and procedures for case preparation.
Significant skill and experience with: Thorough courtroom case presentation; analyzing facts, evidence, cases, statutes, and precedents to arrive at logical conclusions; proper technique in handling exhibits and documents; writing clear and concise reports, records, legal documents and statistical data.
Ability to: Communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written forms; manage legal cases including preparing and presenting cases for trial in court; analyze and evaluate statements of witnesses, victims and obtain evidence; analyze financial data as it pertains to child support enforcement; effectively negotiate cases with district attorney’s office ; supervise and provide advice and guidance to attorneys and support staff; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish or monitor new policy, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibility; work independently, use judgment during stressful situations and use time efficiently; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, clients, victims, witnesses, media, professionals, state agencies, law enforcement officials, attorneys, courts and the public.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree and 2 or more years of progressively responsible work experience as an attorney. Strong preference given to candidates with at least one year supervisory experience. At time of appointment, must be Felony qualified and a member of the Oregon Bar Association.
Work is performed within established company policy and procedures; federal, state, and county statutes, rules and regulations; criminal codes, Rules of Professional Ethics; court procedures and rules; Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court case precedents, sentencing guidelines, Oregon Bar Association reference material and accepted procedures within legal profession. Attorney must remain current on guidelines and use experience and considerable independent judgment in interpreting and choosing appropriate guidelines.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION:
This Misdemeanor Supervisor Attorney is supervised by the Assistant Director and meets regularly with the Director, Assistant Director and Office Manager as part of a four-member management team to collectively improve performance of both the management team and the office overall.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Regular and consistent attendance is required. Work is mostly sedentary and is performed in an office or courtroom setting; requires hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, lifting up to 25 pounds, sitting and walking. Driving may be required.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send resume and cover letter via email to Sharece.firstname.lastname@example.org
or via fax, attention Sharece Winslow at 541-673-2748.