Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Assistant Public Defender
Department: Administrator/Controller Updated: 11/2019
Division: Office of the Public Defender FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available
POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the direction of the Public Defender, the Assistant Public Defender shall perform all case related legal work as required and authorized by the Public Defender. The Assistant Public Defender will represent indigent and partially indigent defendants in misdemeanor cases and will serve as co-counsel or second chair to Senior Public Defender in high and low severity felony and misdemeanor cases.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Promoting and protecting the expressed interest of the client at all times, represents indigent and partially indigent adult criminal offenders at arraignments, pretrial conferences, pretrial motions, probable cause conferences, preliminary examinations, bench trials, jury trials, sentencings, and probation violation hearings. • Prepares for court appearances by conducting interviews with witnesses, law enforcement personal and any other applicable entity; conducts legal research; analyzes evidence; drafts briefs; reviews exhibits, reports and statements; engages in negotiations with the Prosecutor and clients; presents evidence, calls/examines witnesses, argues motions, presents opening statements and closing arguments. • Interacts with other internal departments, police agencies, private investigators, private attorneys, social agencies and the general public. • Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to understand and interrupt constructional provisions, statues, administrative regulations and precedents and procedures; the ability to analyze facts, evidence and precedents and arrive at logical interpretation; set forth findings of fact and conclusions in written legal form. • Attend a minimum of twelve (12) CLE hours annually. • Performs other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Supervision is exercised directly by the Public Defender or designee.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
N/A
EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, EDUCATION:
• Juris Doctorate degree with a Certificate of Admittance to the State Bar as evidence of continued good professional standing and authority to practice law throughout the State of Michigan. • A minimum of one (1) year experience in the practice of criminal law. • Has served as co-counsel or second chair in a prior trial (misdemeanor, felony, bench or jury); or equivalent experience and ability to demonstrate similar skills. • The selected candidate shall maintain full compliance with all standards adopted by the MIDC and LARA. • Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary. • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly; communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.
ESSENTIAL ABILITIES FOR ALL ST. CLAIR COUNTY JOB CLASSIFICATIONS:
• Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance. • Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking. • Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule. • Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgement. • Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information. • Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public. • Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline. • Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events. • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction • Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook as required. Proficiency may be tested.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check. The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references. • Possess a valid State of Michigan Operator’s License and maintain eligibility to drive as per the County’s vehicle policy throughout employment in this position. • The Assistant Public Defender shall not participate in any private practice of law.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: • Speak to others to convey information effectively. • Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals. • Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences. • Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception. • Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment. • Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level. • Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds. • Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner. • Stand and walk, climb stairs. • Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. • Generally works in a normal office environment. • The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions. Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.

 



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