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at Maricopa County
- Position Overview
The Attorney represents indigent clients when appointed by the court and prepares cases for defense including, but not limited to, presenting such cases in all phases of court proceedings.
Openings include positions in trial courts and early dispositions courts (Regional Court Centers, Early Disposition Courts).
- Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license. Must be admitted to practice law and be in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona at time of application. Applications will be accepted from candidates who have passed the Arizona bar examination, or are transferring UBE scores, and are awaiting admission to the bar, but such candidates cannot be hired until admitted.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- The theories, principles, and practices of the legal profession.
- Deal with issues and problems involving careful interpretation, analysis, and diagnosis of legal precedents, implications, and ramifications.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Experience in criminal law (defense, prosecution, judicial).
Traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.) interruptions, time pressure, high volumes of work, handling multiple or complicated tasks, unscheduled tasks, frequently changing tasks, accuracy, decision making, concentration/vigilance, teamwork, working in close physical proximity with others, public contact, and overtime/rotating shifts may be a common occurrence. May be required to lift 15-25 pounds from floor to waist; 15 pounds waist to shoulder or shoulder to overhead, carry 15-25 pounds a distance of 100 feet or push/pull 100 pounds a distance of 100 feet.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Appears in court, represents clients at scheduled hearings and trials, presents oral arguments as appropriate in support of clients' legal interests.
- Researches facts and analyzes legal issues using both computerized and printed legal research tools.
- Composes motions, briefs, correspondence, and other legal documents.
- Prepares cases for trial by interviewing witnesses, visiting crime scenes, and other case-related locations.
- Reviews evidence on- and off-site.
- Discusses and presents analyses of legal issues to clients, court personnel, and related individuals.
- Communicates in person and by phone with clients, opposing counsel, co-workers, supervisors, and others.
- Travels to courts, jails, detention centers, and correctional facilities to effectively represent clients and attends Continuing Legal Education seminars.
- Selection Procedure
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.