Application deadline is January 22, 2021!
The Chief Assistant Public Defender will work under the supervision of the County Public Defender to represent indigent trial-level clients in the Allen County Common Pleas Court, including the Juvenile Division, and Lima Municipal Court.
- Represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanor, felony, and other qualifying offenses as assigned by the office.
- Represent clients in criminal matters from start to finish, including but not limited to, meeting with clients, reviewing discovery, filing appropriate motions and pleadings, conduct pretrial conferences, preparing for and attending motion hearings, preparing for and attending trials, examine witnesses, present evidence, present legal arguments, etc.
- In addition to these duties, the selected candidate will supervise Assistant Public Defenders and have other management responsibilities during absences of the Public Defender.
- Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school
- Admission to the Ohio Bar/Licensure to practice law in Ohio in good standing
- Experience of 5 years or more in criminal law practice preferred
- Ability to deal with many variables and determine specific action; prepare and review pleadings, motions, briefs, memoranda, and administrative policy and reports; handle full range of legal issues, some without precedents, involving significant risks and intense personal pressure and requiring extensive ingenuity and initiative; and establish good rapport with clients and their families.
- Knowledge of criminal law, bookkeeping and budgeting, public relations, inventory control, office management, and employee training and development.
- Ability to establish friendly collegial atmosphere; gather, collate, and classify information about data, people, or items; and handle sensitive contacts with prosecutors, members of private bar, the judiciary, representatives of federal, state, and local governments, private groups and individuals to discuss law and policy.
- Requires visits to local jails to meet with clients and/or witnesses. May require travel throughout the State of Ohio to visit clients in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
The minimum starting salary for this position is $65,000 but is negotiable commensurate with relevant experience.
To Apply: Submit resume to Tessa.Laing@jfs.ohio.gov