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

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The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) Fairfax Public Defender Office has an opening for an attorney who is 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 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.

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, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts, as well as the Virginia Court of Appeals and Virginia Supreme Court.

Minimum Qualifications

Virginia State Bar admission is required. Knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence is required along with experience in the use of Microsoft Office applications and skills in keyboarding. The qualified candidate must have the ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, as well as master subject matter and prepare cases thoroughly. The ability to learn and accept constructive criticism is important as well as the ability to respond quickly and effectively in addressing issues and questions. The qualified applicant will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as well as the ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments and remain organized.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience working or interning at a Public Defender Office is required and prior Circuit Court criminal representation is preferred.

Special Requirements

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