Thurston County Public Defense Mission:
"To Defend and Protect Our Clients' Constitutional Rights, One Person at a Time"
Thurston County Public Defense is currently recruiting for one full-time Defense Attorney position. A Defense Attorney practices in either District Court, Juvenile Court, or Superior Court with moderate supervision from a higher-level defense attorney. Immediate placement for this position will be in Superior Court for felony representation consistent with Superior Court summary of duties below.
Depending upon qualifications the successful applicant will be placed at a Defense Attorney II or Defense Attorney III level. The Defense Attorney III is distinguished from the Defense Attorney II classification by years of experience and the ability to handle a full priority felony caseload. A Defense Attorney III also assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis, and regularly exercises independent judgment in decision-making.
Manages a full misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor caseload. Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearing and/or plea bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Also, handles miscellaneous calendar duties such as arraignment calendars, initial appearance calendars and interpreter calendars.Superior Court:
Manages a full or partial caseload of A, B and C felonies. Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post trial hearings and /or plea bargains with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Handles miscellaneous court hearings, including but not limited to, preliminary calendars, arraignment calendars and non-compliance calendars.Juvenile Court:
Manages a full caseload of parents in dependency and termination cases, including representation at all statutorily required hearings, conferences and family treatment court. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial/hearing preparation, settlement negotiations, motions and trials.
Other responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Reviews police reports, interviews witnesses, works with court and prosecutor to resolve cases. Appropriately utilizes non-attorney professional services. Reviews reports from DSHS, interviews appropriate parties, works with the Attorney General, case workers, social workers, experts, court and related court personnel to resolve cases. Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, does necessary research, maintains required statistical information. Maintains accurate and complete statistical information to be use for future needs and projections. Performs other legal work as required.
**The screening process for this position is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Thurston County Public defense reserves the right to close this recruitment at any time. To ensure consideration for this position, please submit your application as soon as possible.
The first review of applicants will begin on March 24th, 2020.