- Virginia Defenders- Indigent Defense Commission is seeking to fill an Assistant Public Defender I position that will serve our mission of protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high- quality legal advocacy.
- The Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is excited to announce this opportunity to be on the front lines of what many consider to be the modern-day Civil Rights Movement-criminal justice and justice reform. This is a unique platform to develop and pursue social change and impact the lives of clients.
- The IDC’s Richmond Public Defender Office has an opening for an attorney who is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle criminal cases for adults and juveniles in various stages of litigation. The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Chief Public Defender of the Richmond office and is employed at will.
- The Assistant Public Defender must have compassion for our indigent clients, excellent legal skills, the ability to spot and anticipate legal issues, the ability to write, edit and review motions and briefs, and the ability to make sound legal arguments in a courtroom setting. This position requires the ability to work independently and to be a good team player.
- If you are interested in applying and joining our mission, please complete an application. If you have specific questions related to applying, please contact us at JOBS@vadefenders.org.
- Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and post-trial motions, litigating motions, and noticing appropriate appealable issues. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts. The attorney is expected to see clients in jail in a timely manner and communicate regularly with the client, family members, and other approved parties.
- The IDC is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our workforce. We encourage and welcome qualified applicants of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
- Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Virginia State Bar admission is required for consideration for this fulltime, salaried position. Contingent Offers may be made to some applicants who are registered to take the Virginia Bar exam and/or those who intend to waive in for licensure in Virginia.
- An active interest in the cause of indigent defense, criminal justice reform, and social justice.
- The ability to learn and quickly internalize feedback is important.
- The ability to track and meet deadlines.
- The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- The ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments and remain organized.
- A valid driver’s license and the means to travel to all courts and regional jails are required.
- Knowledge of criminal law and evidence is required.
Bilingual in English / Spanish is preferred.
Closing Date: 27th January, 2021