Position Overview
About the Position
Are you passionate about helping those in our community who are underserved? Join our team and make a difference doing something you are passionate about!

As an Attorney, you will represent clients when appointed by the court. You will be making a positive impact on the client's lives by appearing in court and serving as the advocate for the client’s interest throughout the pendency of the case.

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 recruitment will be used to fill a current vacancy in the Early Disposition Court criminal group located at the South Court Tower, 175 W. Madison St. Phoenix, AZ, 85003.

About the Office of the Public Defender
Join one of the largest PD offices in the country. We provide innovative, client-centered legal representation in the full range of criminal matters to clients unable to afford representation by private counsel. Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to treating our clients with respect and dignity as we defend their constitutional rights in a court of law. This is a fast-paced department with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Come make a difference! Apply today!

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) approved law school

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

Our Preferred Candidate has
Experience in criminal law (defense, prosecution, judicial)

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, and presents oral arguments in support of clients' legal interests
  • 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, visiting crime scenes and other case-related locations, reviewing evidence on and off-site
  • Discusses and presents an analysis of legal issues to clients and individuals within the criminal justice community
  • 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
  • Works effectively with a team of professionals, including other attorneys, mitigation specialists, investigators, and paralegals
  • Contributes to the improvement of the office and indigent representation by teaching, mentoring, submitting articles and training materials, and serving on committees and workgroups

Working Conditions
Traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.) interruptions, time pressure, high volumes of work, handling multiple or complicated tasks, unscheduled tasks, frequently changing tasks, 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.

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.
Attention Current Maricopa County Employees: As of 1/1/2022, the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County will formalize themselves as a separate entity and employer from Maricopa County. To learn more about how that may affect you, please click here.