defense attorney

  1. 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 (1) 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 level. The Defense Attorney II is distinguished from the Defense Attorney I classification by years of experience and the responsibility to handle both adult and juvenile felony and misdemeanor caseloads.

District Court:

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 hearing and/or plea bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Also, 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 used 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 the week of January 4, 2021.


Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association with a minimum of two (2) years of practice as an attorney with criminal trial experience or its equivalent.Knowledge of all criminal rules of Washington State, techniques of interviewing and preparation and defense of all variety of criminal cases, with emphasis on lower level felonies and all misdemeanors.Knowledge of RCW 13.34; good communication with parents, legal custodians and guardians.Ability to perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems.Present law, facts evidence and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form. Work harmoniously and maintain good public relations.

Other Position Related Information

  1. Questions about this position?
    For more information about this position, please contact Mia Pagnotta, (360) 786-5868.

    This position is:
    - NOT represented by a Union
    - NOT eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    - Eligible for benefits

    Items required to be considered for this position:
    - Application
    - Letter of Interest
    - Resume
    - Supplemental Questionnaire (Question 1)
    - Applications Disclosure Form (Pursuant to RCW Section 43.43.830) (Questions 2-7)

Mailing Address:

 P.O Box 1873  Seattle, WA 98111