Grant Funded Bond Attorney
ORLEANS PUBLIC DEFENDERS
GRANT FUNDED BOND ADVOCACY ATTORNEY
Mission: OPD’s mission is to fight for our clients by providing excellent client-centered representation, reforming the system and partnering with the community.
Vision: Dignity, Justice, Hope.
Job Summary: The primary role of the Bond Advocacy Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings in Magistrate Court. In addition, the Bond Advocacy Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client in conjunction with the assigned staff attorney in an attempt to secure pre-trial release.
The Bond Advocacy Attorney acts as court-appointed counsel representing indigent clients with misdemeanors and/or felony charges while in Magistrate Court of Criminal District Court. The Bond Advocacy Attorney represents appointed clients in first appearances, bond review hearings, and any other matters in Magistrate Court. When related to pre-trial release advocacy, the Bond Advocacy Attorney represents clients in post-conviction matters, such as filed arrests on capias hearings, probation status hearings, revocation hearings, sentence reviews, modifications and terminations. The Bond Advocacy Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements. These include both office and state standards and requirements.
Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana and be in good standing. Applicants must possess at least two years of criminal defense experience in trial work or other related work, and demonstrated commitment to criminal and indigent defense. Applicants must be interested in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Applicants must possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff and court personnel orally and in writing. The position requires excellent legal research and writing skills and knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense. The ideal applicant will be committed to the goal of pre-trial release and will demonstrate comfort working in a high volume, fast paced legal environment and multi-tasking many different responsibilities and clients.
To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants must submit all of the following, in PDF or Word format, to be considered for this position: cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, and references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All materials should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
. No phone calls. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This is a full-time, grant funded position with competitive salary and benefits. The position is available during the grant period only.
OPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.