Description:

The anticipated annual payrate will be around $80k (DOE).

Job Summary:
Provides professional legal services, with emphasis on defending felony criminal cases of indigent or otherwise qualified persons charged with a crime as assigned or directed by the court. The position provides direction to a Sr. Administrative Assistant position and provides working supervision. The work is performed under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners with autonomy to perform representation of indigent persons according to legal and ethical standards. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office and courtroom environment. Interpersonal communication essential to job functions with periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Prepares and manages misdemeanor and felony criminal cases for defense, including but not limited to, entering pleas, conducting research, interviewing affected parties, preparing required legal and court documents, preparing and arguing briefs, and attending court proceedings;
  • Prepares and manages criminal cases for trial or other judicial hearings including, but not limited to, drug and sex offenses, theft, fraud, forgery, burglary, child protection cases, parental rights determinations, child support, and mental competency;
  • Provides for preparation and submission of various correspondence, financial, and legal reports as required by the County, the Public Defense Commission, and the courts;
  • Negotiates case settlements;
  • Interviews police officers, detectives, defendants, victims, witnesses, and other interested and affected parties;
  • Conducts research of legal precedents, federal laws, state statutes, and County ordinances and represents the defendant's interest in court;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, and safety practices.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competency Requirements
Knowledge of:
  • Legal, court, and judicial procedures, rules, terminology, methods, documents, practices, and objectives, especially as applicable to preparing and presenting a criminal defense;
  • Applicable criminal trial procedures and the rules of evidence; Idaho Code, constitutional provisions, and local ordinances as they apply to County government and its operation
  • Case law related to a variety of county, city, state, and federal laws, statutes, ordinances, and codes;
  • Legal research methods;
  • Operation of standard office equipment including a personal computer and job-related software applications;
  • Contemporary negotiation techniques and methods;
  • Employee supervisory and directional methods and techniques;
  • English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and composition.

Ability to:
  • Analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents in determining the various aspects, alternatives, and possible outcomes of cases;
  • Make significant/substantial legal decisions in individual cases based on a combination of factors including the law, policy, and rules of ethics;
  • Negotiate complex legal issues;
  • Discern critical issues and needs of the defendant through a negotiations process;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for purposes of advocating, persuading, negotiating, and counseling for or on behalf of a defendant;
  • Analyze, appraise, and organize facts and precedents and to present such material in a clear and logical manner;
  • Formulate strategy considering alternative courses of action;
  • Present and argue cases effectively;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, staff, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, defendants, witnesses, supervisory personnel, state and local elected and appointed officials, and the public;
  • Maintain a professional demeanor during stressful situations;
  • Perform time management and scheduling functions, meet deadlines and set case priorities;
  • Operate standard office equipment and a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.

Acceptable Experience and Training:
  • Graduation from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctorate Degree;
  • License to practice law in the State of Idaho;
  • Extensive experience as a practicing attorney, preferably as a defense attorney; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Special Qualifications
  • Membership in good standing in the Idaho State Bar Association.
  • Approved by the Public Defense Commission and included on the roster.

Essential Physical Abilities
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and to communicate effectively in person, on a telephone, and in a courtroom environment;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and to assist in the preparation, monitoring, and litigation of all criminal and civil cases;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee operate standard office equipment and a personal computer;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, and balance, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work in an office environment, lift up to 20 pounds, and perform in a courtroom environment.