An Attorney III is responsible for preparing and prosecuting criminal cases from preliminary hearing to completion, which may entail a jury trial, non-jury trial, or any other non-trial disposition such as a guilty plea, diversionary program, or appeal. This position must be responsive to citizens, victims, law enforcement personnel and the policies of the District Attorney's Office in the disposition of their cases.
Applicants for this position are required to have earned a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, hold a Pennsylvania Attorney's License and have five or more years of job related experience.
A criminal background check is required.
- Make court appearances for guilty pleas, violations of probation or parole, sentencing hearings and arguing motions.
- Prepare cases for trial (e.g., research legal issues, prepare witness testimony, file motions).
- Review all police investigative documents, including researching defendants' criminal records.
- Answer police and the public's questions.
- Review and approve search warrants and court orders.
- Review sentencing guidelines and formulate plea offers.
- Interview victims and witnesses.
- Perform other duties, tasks and special projects, as required.
Qualifications/Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience
Qualifications / Requirements:
- Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
- Five years of job-related experience.
- License to practice law in Pennsylvania.
- Member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
- Strong knowledge of the law (statutes, court cases, rules and regulations).
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- Must be self-motivated and able to work without supervision.
- Must be able to analyze and create the issues and the law without relying on briefs submitted by the attorneys.
- Must be able to concisely summarize the reason for the Court's decision.
- Twelve hours of continuing legal education is required annually.
- A valid driver's license is required.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
- Five years of trial experience.
- Felony trial experience.
- Strong knowledge of county and office policies and procedures.
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Accurate and detail-oriented
- Excellent time management skills
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Ability to interface effectively with all levels of county management.
- Ongoing external training (e.g., courses at National District Attorney's Complex)
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have:
- Basic Word skills
- Basic Excel skills
- Intermediate PowerPoint skills
- Basic OutLook skills (Email and Calendar)
- Ability to use the Internet for research
- Basic knowledge and skills of Westlaw (Courtroom system software).