Closing Date: 8th August, 2022


About the Position
If you want to help others, be intellectually challenged, and live up to your potential, then apply to be an Attorney with Public Advocate!

We are looking for someone who is a great oral communicator, a team player, and an expert in conducting legal research. As an Attorney, you will represent indigent clients when appointed by the court and prepare cases for the defense, including but not limited to, presenting such cases in all phases of court proceedings.

This position has the option for a hybrid/flexible work schedule where the individual can work 5 days from home each pay period.

This recruitment is utilized to fill Attorney tier I – III positions. The level and compensation offered will be based on the education and experience provided on the application.
  • Attorneys hired at a tier I will be compensated at a range of $72,072 -- $108,014.40
  • Attorneys hired at a tier II will be compensated at a range of $86,008 – $118,040
  • Attorneys hired at a tier III will be compensated at a range of $92,144 -- $140,004.80

This opportunity will be available at the following location:
3131 W. Durango, Phoenix, Arizona 85009 &
106 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85210

About the Office of Public Advocate
The Office of the Public Advocate seeks professionals, both attorneys, and legal staff members, to join our legal defense team!

We're committed to the mission of protecting the fundamental rights of our clients. We're dedicated to providing effective legal representation to all indigent persons, those individuals who are not able to afford the services of private lawyers, when appointed by the Maricopa County Superior Court: juveniles charged with criminal offenses, parents, and children in dependency and severance matters (loss of parental rights), and people facing court-ordered mental health evaluation and treatment.

Position Qualifications
We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school

Other Requirements
  • Must possess a license to practice law and be a current member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona. Applications will be accepted from candidates who have passed the Arizona bar examination, or those transferring UBE scores, and are awaiting admission to the bar, but such candidates cannot be hired until admitted.
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver's license by time of hire.

Our Preferred Candidate has
Two years of experience working with juvenile dependency matters as an Attorney

Essential Job Tasks
The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position.
  • Appears in court, represents clients at scheduled hearings and trials
  • Presents oral arguments as appropriate in support of clients’ legal interest
  • Researches facts and analyzes legal issues using both computerized and printed legal research tools
  • Composes motions, briefs, correspondence, and other legal documents
  • Prepares cases for trial by interviewing witnesses, reviewing disclosures and filing appropriate motions and objections
  • Reviews evidence on- and off-site
  • Discusses and presents analysis of legal issues to clients, court personnel, and related individuals
  • Communicates in person and by phone with clients, opposing counsel, co-workers, supervisors, and others
  • Travels to courts, jails, detention centers and correctional facilities to effectively represent clients
  • Attends CFTs, TDMs, staffings, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars

Working Conditions
The job requires the ability to work with traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.), interruptions, time pressures, high volumes of work, handling multiple, complicated, unscheduled, or frequently changing tasks are expected occurrences. Accuracy, decision making, concentration/vigilance, teamwork, working in close physical proximity with others, public contact, and overtime/rotating shifts may be a common occurrence. May be required to lift 15-25 pounds from floor to waist; 15 pounds waist to shoulder or shoulder to overhead; carry 15-25 pounds a distance of 100 feet or push/pull 100 pounds a distance of 100 feet. Work requires travel to and from job-related locations a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding the use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business.

Selection Procedure
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.