|NATURE OF WORK |
Under administrative direction, with wide latitude for independent judgment, performs professional legal work in the defense of capital criminal cases; this is a non-covered position; incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective appointing attorney; the employment relationship of incumbents in this position is At Will and as such, the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause; may supervise support and/or investigative staff.
|EXAMPLE OF WORK: |
(Illustrative Only) Represents the Yuma County Legal Defender in defending persons charged with criminal offenses punishable by the death penalty; represents the Legal Defender in defending persons charged with complex and/or extraordinarily difficult criminal cases; manages and prioritizes assigned caseload; provides guidance to management on procedural issues; assures cases are resolved within office policy guidelines; guides and assists attorneys; provides training, counseling and professional assistance on strategy, trial skills and professional responsibilities; develops systems and standards for program evaluation, and assures activities are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations and goals; evaluates law enforcement investigation reports; defends capital and other major felony crimes from initial charging through sentencing; confers with clients, witnesses and, where possible, with victims of crime; performs factual investigations; conducts case relevant interviews; reviews, formulates or offers plea agreements when appropriate; prepares and conducts preliminary hearings; reviews changes and updates in criminal law; develops trial strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, official documents and other information required to present the case; compiles and presents evidence and exhibits; brings cases before the court and argues facts of the case in relation to points of law, case law and legal precedent; interviews and cross-examines witnesses; prepares sentencing recommendations; conducts legal research; reviews charging documents, briefs, motions and other legal documents; prepares and presents memoranda of law, briefs and other filings and legal documents as required; regular and reliable attendance is required; performs other duties as assigned.
|EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: |
Juris Doctorate (JD) degree; not less than five (5) years experience as a practicing attorney and significant experience in complex criminal trial practice; must be licensed by the State Bar of Arizona to practice law in Arizona, remain active with all State Bar of Arizona and Arizona Supreme Court annual requirements, and maintain a clear criminal record; requires successful completion of a background check. Special Requirements: Must submit a Certificate in Good Standing issued by the Disciplinary Clerk of the Supreme Court of Arizona; must be qualified to serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in capital cases, according to Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 6.8, Standards for Appointment of Counsel in Capital Crimes; must have 2nd Chair trial experience; 1st Chair trial experience preferred.
This position is advertised from the minimum to the maximum annual salary. Salary will be determined based on education and experience at the time of offer.
|KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: |
Knowledge of: Yuma County and Legal Defender/Public Defender policies and procedures; Legal Defender/Public Defender philosophies on resolution of felony cases; State of Arizona criminal statutes, rules and procedures, applicable Federal statutes, rules and regulations; appellate and trial court processes, protocols and strategies; the development, refinement and presentation of legal strategies; legal research methods, techniques, sources, databases and other research tools; legal case management procedures, ethics and techniques; the principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information, documents, records and other data that may be used in court.
Skill in: Reviewing and assessing legal issues and documents; effectively assessing, interpreting and applying criminal laws to information, evidence and other data compiled; analyzing complex prosecutorial and defense issues and developing solutions; defending capital and major felony cases in a courtroom, developing legal strategy, and presenting legal arguments; researching and identifying relevant case law; verbal and written communication, and exercising judgment and discretion in decision making; establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with prosecution and criminal defense attorneys, law enforcement agencies and other participants in the criminal justice process; operating a personal computer, standard office software and specialized legal software programs (WordPerfect).