Regional Defender
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Durham County, NC
Full-time, Contract

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The Office of Indigent Defense Services is seeking a qualified individual to serve as primary point of contact with contract attorneys in the Second and Fourth Judicial Divisions, which include Districts 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5, 8A, 8B, 11A, 11B, 12, 13, 16A, and 16B. This position requires frequent and extensive travel. Duties include but are not limited to: conduct courtroom observations; meet with contract counsel and other system actors; conduct any needed review of contract attorneys' work to ensure that the attorneys are providing quality representation and complete and reliable data to IDS; monitor workloads and dispositions for contract counsel; develop methods for handling complaints from defendants and others; manage requests for extraordinary funding under the contracts; assist in the evaluation of proposals submitted in response to RFPs and the selection of attorneys for the award of contracts; work with the Contracts Administrator to identify and negotiate with individual attorneys for contract work when contracts are developed without competitive bidding; work with IDS staff, School of Government, and others to ensure that training is available for contract counsel and that other resources, such as trial manuals and brief and motion banks, are adequate for the needs of contract counsel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Knowledge of: NC General Statutes and applicable caselaw to define the parameters and responsibilities of the contract attorneys; general management, budgetary and organizational practices to properly organize and manage the contract attorneys; the NC court system and the principles and practices of current models and methods of provision of legal services to indigents.

Ability to: plan, establish, direct, and implement standards for the contract attorneys; provide oversight to professionals; write reports and policy and procedures; deal tactfully with sensitive situations; schedule and counsel employees; work with multiple groups representing diverse interests in a constructive and productive manner; and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Skill in: direct representation of indigent defendants and/or respondents; problem solving; personnel management; interpersonal communications; making presentations; relationship building; and interviewing skills.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
North Carolina Law License, Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited ABA law school and five years of experience in criminal defense work including indigent representation involving a variety of case types from district court through serious superior court matters; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Management prefers candidates with an ability to consult with counsel on specialized areas of law, such as immigration or sex offenses; and who possesses other specialized skills.

Please attach resume and cover letter

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All NC Judicial Branch agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Charmaine J Leeks
NC Administrative Office of the Courts
Human Resources Division