Assistant Public Defender I
- $61,163 - $81,964/ Year
- Full Benefits Package
- Provides court-appointed indigent defense services within Berrien County Courts.
- Carries a full caseload as determined by the Chief Public Defender.
- Attends legal and community meetings.
- Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the prosecution.
- Promptly meets with clients to learn the client’s goals for the representation and any special needs of the client.
- Determines what further fact investigation to undertake and directs that investigation.
- Determines what legal issues need development and researches those issues.
- Negotiates with the prosecution and promptly advises the client of the status of those negotiations.
- Litigates any legal issues that are necessary and appropriate, including bringing cases to trial.
- Conducts any post-trial litigation. Performs duty-attorney functions as assigned.
- This description is intended to illustrate the type and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It may not be a comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.
Education and Experience:
- Graduation from an accredited law school.
- Must be a member of the Michigan State Bar in good standing.
- At least one year of criminal defense experience or comparable civil legal services is desired.
- Must successfully pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle.
Required Knowledge and Skills:
- Ability to operate technology and typical office equipment.
- Able to utilize the services of interpreters when necessary.
- Effective communication skills, with the ability to relate empathetically to clients with diverse backgrounds and special needs.
- Must exercise common sense and good judgment.
- Able to maintain confidentiality with highly sensitive information.
- Ability to learn quickly, multitask, and function efficiently under stressful and distracting conditions.
- Work independently as well as cooperatively in a legal services team atmosphere.
- APDs may participate only in Berrien County Public Defender Office assigned legal work for compensation during their employment, with the exception of cases obtained prior to employment with the office.
- Permission of the Chief Public Defender is required to continue representation on prior non-BCPD cases and/or to be involved in active representation on a pro bono basis.