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Public Defender

Company: Stanislaus County
Location: Modesto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

About the Opportunity THE IDEAL CANDIDATE The Public Defender's Office is recruiting for Deputy Public Defenders I-V. Successful candidates in this position need to be effective communicators, knowledge workers, customer focused, and care about teamwork and collaboration. The department is also searching for candidates that value and respect others, are driven to excel, demonstrate ethical behavior and are supportive of change. Entry level Deputy Public Defenders must also be focused on continuous learning. Higher classified Deputy Public Defenders will provide leadership in the department, hold self and others accountable, be innovative and problem solve, be willing to coach and develop others and maximize team effectiveness. To learn more about the Public Defender's Office, . ABOUT THE POSITION The Deputy Public Defender (Attorney I-V) works under the general direction of the Public Defender or Chief Deputy Public Defender and is responsible for the performance of a variety of professional legal work involved in criminal defense, civil litigation, investigation and trial preparation. This position is subject to overtime, standby, weekend and callback assignments. Also performs related duties as assigned. In addition to other excellent County benefits, Attorneys receive the following: 2% base salary contributed by the County to Deferred Compensation;Professional Development expenses reimbursed up to $900 each County fiscal year;Yearly state bar dues will be paid by the County; ANDPaid professional leave up to 60 hours per year. Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the County Attorney's Association bargaining unit for labor relations purposes. Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months. The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at Typical Tasks Interview and advise defendants or individuals as to their constitutional rights and other pertinent information relevant to existing criminal charges or prospective criminal complaints;Advise clients on legal rights;Analyze case material, initiate investigations and interview witnesses, local authorities and others having information or testimony essential to the development and presentation of the defense;Conduct legal research as required;Study, interpret and incorporate laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases;Perform legal research pertinent to the work of the Public Defender's Office;Appear in court and represent defendants at court hearings;Confer with prosecuting staff, probation authorities and court officials to discuss pleas, modification of charges, presentation and examination of documents and material prior to trials; andPrepare and submit documents regarding application for probation, appeal of court findings, writs and other legal documents on behalf of defendants. Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience) SKILLS/ABILITIES ATTORNEY I Organize multiple tasks;Prepare and present statements of fact, law and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form;Evaluate facts and evidence; obtain information through examination;Analyze legal problems and apply legal principles and practices;Follow directions; accept and learn from criticism;Communicate effectively; extract information from and coherently provide it to others;Produce research and writing; accurately document actions;Dress professionally;Work with others in a team environment;Maintain the confidence and respect of members of the legal profession, public officials and other persons contacted in the work process;Public speaking and argument;Write clearly and concisely;Argue clearly and logically;Demonstrated flexibility in approach to legal issues and working with people;"Think on your feet" and ability to explain these thoughts coherently; andBasic computer skills to function effectively in automated environment. ATTORNEY I I - Demonstrated skills/abilities required in level I plus: Evaluate cases to determine the parameters of settlement;Present legal motions in court clearly and logically; Review charging documents for accuracy;Office computer efficiency;Application of knowledge learned in Level I;Basic legal research and writing;Argument;Organization and handling multiple cases; andBasic computing skills to function effectively in automated environment. ATTORNEY III - Demonstrated skills/abilities required in level I and II plus: Non-trial appearances;Evaluate cases to determine the parameters of settlement of complex and multiple issues;Determine sentencing parameters utilizing state statutes and local rules of court; andRepresent the office in public. ATTORNEY IV - Demonstrated skills/abilities required in level I, II, and III plus: Prosecute/defend all felony cases; andTrack and document statistical data. ATTORNEY V - Demonstrated skills/abilities required in level I, II, III, and IV plus: Competently defend/prosecute all cases including homicides; Willingness to defend/prosecute capital cases; Assume the full range of responsibilities relating to the office;Apply knowledge previously learned in Level I, II III and IV; andAdvanced legal research and writing. KNOWLEDGE ATTORNEY I Legal research and writing;Criminal and civil law and procedure;Rules of evidence;Trial principles;Oral argument;Constitutional law; Knowledge of compliance with the Rules of Professional Responsibility;Charging statutes and language;Sentencing and probation parameters;Office procedures and practices;Rules of Court; andOrganization and handling multiple cases. ATTORNEY II - Demonstrated knowledge required in level I plus: Probation department policy and procedures as related to misdemeanor cases. ATTORNEY III - Demonstrated knowledge required in level I and II plus: Felony sentencing structure including Rules of Court and statutes; andAll rules and statutes applicable to felonies. ATTORNEY IV - Demonstrated knowledge required in level I, II, and III plus: The duties, powers, limitation and authority of the District Attorney's Office and Public Defender's office as applicable;Trials;Probation and sentencing rules; andSpecialized statutes and enhancements. ATTORNEY V - Demonstrated knowledge required in level I, II, III, and IV plus: Advanced knowledge of specialized statutes including sentencing and enhancements;The duties, powers, limitation and authority of the District Attorney's Office and Public Defender's Office as applicable;Legal principles and their application;Trial procedures and rules of evidence; andLegal research methods. We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.EDUCATION/EXPERIENCEATTORNEY I Pass California State Bar and possess valid bar license. NOTE: Individuals who completed the February 2021 California Bar Exam and have not yet received results are encouraged to apply for this position. However, a valid license to practice law in the State of California is required as a prerequisite for hiring. ATTORNEY II One (1) year experience as an Attorney I or equivalent; AND Pass California State Bar and possess valid bar license. ATTORNEY III One (1) year experience as an Attorney II or equivalent; AND Pass California State Bar and possess valid bar license. ATTORNEY IV One (1) year experience as an Attorney III or equivalent; AND Pass California State Bar and possess valid bar license. ATTORNEY V One (1) year experience as an Attorney IV or equivalent; AND Pass California State Bar and possess valid bar license. LICENSE Active membership in good standing in the State Bar of California is required for all levels at time of hiring. The Bar membership number should be listed in the Licenses Section on the application form. Application and Selection Procedures APPLICATION PROCEDURES/FINAL FILING DATE Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications. EXAMINATION PROCESS Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County. Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on. Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position. Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts. Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months, but may be extended up to eighteen months. TENTATIVE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE Application Deadline: April 26, 2021 Oral Examination: Week of May 10, 2021 Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County. GENERAL INFORMATION Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation. Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions. Stanislaus County supports the good health of its workforce. More information is available at Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.

Keywords: Stanislaus County, Modesto , Public Defender, Other , Modesto, California

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