Deputy Public Defender II
County of Marin, CA - Marin County, CA

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The Office of the Marin County Public Defender strives to provide effective and innovative legal services by protecting the constitutional rights of clients while treating them with respect and encouraging them to lead productive and positive lives. The Deputy Public Defender II performs legal defense work for clients needing publicly assisted representation in criminal, juvenile, or civil cases accepted by the Public Defender. Incumbents at this level exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in all areas of defense work and are responsible for performing legal research, drafting legal documents, and thoroughly preparing assigned cases and clients for trial. Deputy Public Defenders at this level appear in court daily in both felony and misdemeanor cases in all court levels and this position may provide direction to lower level attorneys as needed.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate has experience providing legal defense for clients needing representation in criminal, juvenile and/or civil cases. The candidate has tried cases in superior court and has knowledge of complex immigration issues related to criminal cases. The ideal candidate values and accepts new challenges and assignments. The candidate has the ability to serve as a member of a team, working respectfully, collaboratively and developing positive working relationships with colleagues and staff, as well as representatives from partnering public safety and community agencies and organizations. In addition, the ideal candidate is an active member of and engaged with his/her community.

Minimum Qualifications
Juris Doctor degree or equivalent and current active membership in the State Bar of California. In addition, one (1) year of progressively responsible experience as a Deputy Public Defender or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Testing Schedule Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination process may consist of a supplemental application screening, highly qualified review, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, practical/performance examination, or any combination to determine which candidates’ names will be placed on the eligible list.