Senior Assistant Public Defender (Attorney)
Indigent Defense Commission - Fairfax County, VA

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The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission's (VIDC) Fairfax Public Defenders Office is now accepting applications for the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender. The qualified candidate should be committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle trial and appellate cases. The VIDC is committed to providing quality legal services for indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses. The Senior Assistant Public Defender reports to the Public Defender of the Fairfax Office and is employed at will. A successful candidate is subject to a fingerprint based criminal background check. Starting salary will be $71,922

Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and litigating motions. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District and Circuit Courts, as well as identifying appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients and researching, writing, and arguing appeals before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Virginia. The attorney will be responsible for the direct supervision of other attorneys.

Minimum Qualifications
Virginia State Bar admission is required along with at least five (5) years criminal defense experience. Experience handling cases involving serious offenses to include but not limited to sexual offenses, robberies and violent crimes is needed along with demonstrated jury trial experience. The qualified candidate will have the demonstrated ability to represent clients from various socio-economic backgrounds and social histories, negotiate and try serious offenses with the Commonwealth Attorney's office, and train and provide guidance to less experienced attorney on trial techniques and skills. A valid driver's license and the means to travel are also required.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications include prior experience with Fairfax Circuit Court, supervising subordinate employees, and Spanish fluency.

Special Requirements

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