County Of Sonoma

Santa Rosa , CA
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Deputy Public Defender I

County Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on July 6, 2019

Deputy Public Defender I Extra-Help

$41.34 - $50.25 Hourly

As Deputy Public Defender I you will investigate, prepare, and present criminal and civil cases before the Courts.  Additionally, you will:
  • Interpret and apply laws and court decisions for use in the preparation of cases, opinions, and briefs
  • Prepare pleadings and legal documents in connection with trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings
  • Conduct general legal research using independent judgment and initiative
  • Prepare written legal reports, opinions, briefs, and appeals
  • Interview and advise witnesses in regard to criminal complaints

The ideal candidate will have strong interest in criminal defense work and possess:

  • Experience as an attorney, law clerk, or other professional legal position with experience in a Public Defender's Office being strongly preferred
  • Impeccable research and writing abilities
  • Superb public speaking skills
  • Fluent (reading, writing, conversation) English/Spanish bilingual skills desired

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.