Part-Time Assistant Public Defender I (Attorney)
Indigent Defense Commission - Virginia Beach, VA

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The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is now accepting applications for one part-time (20 hours/week) position as an Assistant Public Defender I in the Virginia Beach Public Defender's Office. 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. This position will also be provided a yearly office expense allowance of $2,500. The Assistant Public Defender I reports to the Public Defender of the Virginia Beach 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, litigating motions and trying cases in the General District, Juvenile, and Circuit Courts.

Minimum Qualifications
Virginia State Bar admission is required along with considerable working knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. The qualified candidate must have criminal trial experience and the ability to argue legal positions effectively and prepare cases thoroughly. The ability to learn and accept constructive criticism is important. The ability to respond quickly and effectively in addressing issues and questions is needed. The qualified applicant will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as well as the ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments.

Preferred Qualifications
Prior experience with the criminal defense of indigent clients, as well as being certified to handle misdemeanors by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission and at least 2 years experience in criminal law is preferred.

Special Requirements