Closing Date: 28th July, 2024

Description:

The Napa Valley
Internationally known for its fine wines exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

Napa County as an Employer
As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation. Learn more HERE.

The Position:
This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy which may be filled at the Attorney I, II, or III, level depending on qualifications, for the Office of the Public Defender at A Government Entity. The list established by this recruitment may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to one year.

About the Office of Public Defender:
The Public Defender provides legal representation for adults and juveniles who are charged with criminal offenses and otherwise unable to afford counsel. The Public Defender also represents those facing involuntary medication, conservatorships, parole and PRCS violations, and MDO, NGI, and SVP commitments. The Public Defender vigorously protects the constitutional rights of the accused.

About the Position of Attorney I, II, & III at the Office of the Public Defender:
The Attorney I, II, III will perform civil and criminal legal work involved in the prosecution of criminal case, litigate paternity and child support cases, and provide legal defense of indigents and other eligibles. The difference in levels depends on the amount and type of experience. Those beginning at the Attorney I level will perform the less difficult cases and assignments while learning their respective duties and responsibilities. As experience, knowledge, skills and abilities are acquired and utilized, the degree and complexity of assignments will correspondingly increase to the Attorney II and III levels. The Attorney III will handle the more difficult and complex assignments.Examples of duties may include:
  • Interview applicants for public defense and determine eligibility.
  • Advise clients on legal rights.
  • Appear with and for defendant at all court hearings.
  • Decide on and make appropriate legal motions and pleas, and other legal action on behalf of client.
  • Represent alleged mentally ill, drug addicted, and other applicants for public defense before and during hearing for commitment.
  • Order investigations and subpoenas.
  • May defend indigent defendants in civil litigations to the extent required by law.
  • Dictate correspondence and prepare reports.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Additionally, an attorney may be responsible for "specialty areas"; such as, paternity and child support, consumer fraud, planning and zoning violations, environmental cases, and violations of the Fair Political Practices Act. These are areas which can be consolidated for countywide prosecution, and which demand a uniform and consistent approach.

Position Requirements for the Attorney I, II, & III at the Office of the Public Defender:
To qualify for the Attorney I classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:
  • Experience: None required.
  • Education: Graduation from an accredited law school.

To qualify for the Attorney II classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:
  • Experience: Three years of general legal experience, or two years of criminal law, or one year in a District Attorney's Office or Public Defender's Office as an Attorney I equivalent in A Government Entity.
  • Education: Graduation from an accredited law school.

To qualify for the Attorney III classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:
  • Experience: Four years of general legal experience or three years of criminal law, or one year in a District Attorney's or Public Defender's Office as an Attorney II equivalent in A Government Entity.
  • Education: Graduation from an accredited law school.

License or Certificate:*
  • Active membership in the California State Bar Association.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with A Government Entity. For continued employment with A Government Entity, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

Example of Duties:
View the full job description, including the example of duties, for the following classifications below:
  • Attorney I (https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/napacounty/classspecs/45573)
  • Attorney II (https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/napacounty/classspecs/45574)
  • Attorney III (https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/napacounty/classspecs/45575)