Job o’ the Day: Assistant Public Defender for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

From the PSJD job posting:

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) Warrenton Public Defender Office has an opening for an attorney, who is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle trial and appellate cases. The VIDC is committed to providing quality legal services for indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses. The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Public Defender of the Warrenton Office and is employed at will. A successful candidate is subject to a fingerprint based criminal background check. Starting salary will be $54,059.

Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and litigating motions. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile, and Circuit Courts, as well as identifying appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients.

The Attorney must have the basic knowledge of criminal law, criminal defense procedures, court practices and procedures, legal codes and precedents, client file maintenance, internet search methods, and Virginia Criminal Law. Also, should have basic familiarization with Constitutional Law & Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Representation. The qualified candidate will have previous trial experience.

For more information, view the full job listing at PSJD.org (log-in required).

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