Public Defender Assistant Attorney II
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Posting Expires: Open Until Filled
Salary: $75,000 - $103,000/annually
General Description and Classification Standards
The purpose of this position is to provide legal representation for indigent clients charged with city ordinance and misdemeanor traffic violations in the Atlanta Municipal Court. Primary duties include holistic representation that focuses both on the criminal allegations and any underlying human conditions that can drive unlawful behaviors. Attorneys work with an interdisciplinary team of advocates to identify issues such as addictions, mental illness, homelessness and unemployment in order to link clients with needed social services and civil/legal needs.
Attorneys work in teams supervised by a senior attorney that consults with junior attorneys and guides the development of case strategy and case management plans.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.
- Thorough communications with the client, to include meetings to review facts of the case, explain the law, court process and options for addressing the case. Attorneys are required to identify all collateral consequences and inform each client of the impact. When underlying needs are identified, the attorney will insure linkage to community services through county, state and federal resources and non-profit service providers. Attorneys work with clients who are incarcerated and must be able to work in a jail environment on a daily basis.
- Development of case management plans, to include identification of investigatory needs, motions and research needs, collateral legal and personal consequences, and linkage to social services. The attorney is required to work within the interdisciplinary team, collaborating with investigators, social workers, and client advocates to achieve zealous and comprehensive representation for all clients.
- Attorneys represent clients in court on a daily basis, managing first appearance, reset cases, plea negotiations, alternative sentencing and treatment referrals, and bench trails.
- Administrative tasks include documenting case files and maintaining a master calendar that reflects court dates and status of all cases assigned. Attorneys are required to provide daily docket details to data entry support staff for electronic case management and workload tracking. Attorneys are also required to track hours spent on each case.
- Attorneys must develop expert knowledge of city ordinance violations and traffic misdemeanors. A command of both subject matters must be demonstrated within six months of employment.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.
- Working knowledge of criminal law and procedure as demonstrated by education and experience
- Excellent oral advocacy skills required
- Excellent research and writing skills required
- Experience with the following civil practice areas a plus: family law, real estate, estates and wills, social security and other public benefits, elder law, immigration
- Experience in fields of mental health, drug addictions, homelessness, and unemployment desired
- Dual degrees in social work and/or social work and psychology classes/training desired
- Spanish speaking skills a plus
- Ability to manage heavy client caseload in a demanding and challenging courtroom and jail environment
- Ability to compile, organize, prepare, and maintain an assortment of records, reports, and information in an effective manner and according to departmental and/or governmental regulations.
- Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations.
- Ability to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques as necessary in the completion of daily assignments.
- Ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.
- Ability to comprehend and apply regulations and procedures of the department.
- Capable of working under stress related to duties that require constant attention to detail, tight deadlines and advocacy in the courtroom.
Minimum Qualifications - Education and Experience
Juris Doctorate required. Must be a member of the Georgia Bar Association.
Preferred Education & Experience
2 to 3 years of direct experience is preferred
Trial experience (jury or bench) is preferred
Practice area experience, in any (Criminal Law, Appeals, DUI, Code Enforcement, Probate, Real Estate, Immigration, Veteran's Rights, Indigent Defense Research, Social Work, Mental Health Advocacy, or Homeless Rights)
Licensures and Certifications
Georgia license to practice law is required
Essential Capabilities and Work Environment
Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.
The City of Atlanta an Equal Opportunity Employer