Description:

Summary of Duties
**This employment opportunity will remain open until filled. The Thurston County Public Defense Department reserves the right to close this recruitment at any time.**

This recruitment was updated on August 3, 2022 and is now recruiting to fill three (3) vacant positions. PLEASE NOTE: Positions 24R01633 and 24R01565 have a current end date of December 30, 2023.

Thurston County Public Defense Mission:
"To Defend and Protect Our Clients' Constitutional Rights, One Person at a Time"

Thurston County Public Defense is currently recruiting for three (3) Defense Attorneys. A Defense Attorney practices in either District Court, Juvenile Court, or Superior Court with moderate to minimal supervision from a higher-level defense attorney. Immediate placement for these positions will be in the Superior Court Unit for felony representation in response to the Washington State Supreme Courts decision on State vs. Blake.

Depending upon qualifications, the successful applicants will be placed either at a Defense Attorney I or Defense Attorney II level. The Defense Attorney II is distinguished by years of experience and the responsibility to handle both adult and juvenile felony and misdemeanor caseloads.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provides legal representation to clients affected by State vs. Blake as identified by Thurston County Public Defense under the jurisdiction of the Thurston County Superior Court.
  • Communicates with clients that are incarcerated at several Washington State Department of Correctional facilities, the Thurston County Accountability and Restitution Center and other correctional facilities throughout Washington State.
  • Performs research for State vs. Blake resentencing; prepares motions and orders to vacate convictions, and other related work that pertains to State vs. Blake.
  • Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, does necessary research, maintains required statistical information.

Qualifications
Defense Attorney I:
  • Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
  • Knowledge of all criminal rules of Washington State, techniques of interviewing and preparation and defense of all variety of criminal cases, with emphasis on lower-level felonies and all misdemeanors.

Defense Attorney II:
  • Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association with a minimum of two years of practice as an attorney with criminal trial experience or its equivalent.
  • Knowledge of all criminal rules of Washington State, techniques of interviewing and preparation and defense of all variety of criminal cases, with emphasis on felonies.
AND
  • Knowledge of RCW 13.34, good communication with parents, legal custodians, and guardians.
  • Ability to perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems.
  • Present law, facts, evidence, and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form.
  • Work harmoniously and maintain good public relations.