Closing Date: 24th July, 2024


Job Description:
Are you ready to make a meaningful impact through public service? The Iowa State Public Defender's Office is seeking a highly motivated, skilled, and enthusiastic attorney to serve as a Public Defender 2 in our Waterloo Juvenile Office located in Black Hawk County, Iowa.

Who We Are:
The mission of the Office of the State Public Defender is to ensure that all indigent persons in Iowa are provided high quality legal representation in criminal, juvenile, and other eligible proceedings in the most efficient and fiscally responsible manner.

What You'll Do:
As a Public Defender attorney in this position, you will:
  • Advocate for indigent clients in assigned cases at every state of the criminal justice system.
  • Receive training and mentoring from dedicated, experienced public defenders in an atmosphere which encourages growth and development of an attorney's skills and career.
  • Represent clients in court at pre-trial hearings, bench or jury trials sentencings and other court hearings.
  • Prepare a defense, conducting legal research, gathering facts, and interviewing the client and witnesses to determine the merits of case and appropriate course of action.
  • Conduct pretrial discovery, including depositions, withdraw pleas, and suppression motions.
  • Negotiate plea bargains, dismissals, or other disposition of assigned cases with prosecuting attorneys.
  • Work closely with clients, providing and discussing information, plan case strategy and trial preparation.
  • Maintain appropriate communication with clients about case status and answering client questions.
  • Identify potential legal issues to advance client's case, research applicable law, and draft appropriate motions and briefs
  • Prepare various legal documents, including written arraignments, written guilty pleas, motions, briefs, and letters.
  • May direct work of investigators consistent with internal office policies.
  • Maintain client case files, prepare public defender time reports to the court, and close files consistent with office policies.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:
  • Graduation from an accredited law school, possession of a current license to practice law in the State of Iowa, and experience equal to two years of full-time work in professional legal criminal trial advocacy or prosecution.
  • Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes eighteen months of full?time work as a Public Defender 1.

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