Position summary: Cochise County is seeking a Legal Defender to perform all duties involving managing, overseeing, and administering the legal defense of indigent criminal defendants and juvenile dependencies in Cochise County. Manages own caseload and diligently represents indigent defense clients. Performs other duties as assigned. Reports to the County Administrator.
Typical duties: Directs and supervises legal representation by attorneys;provides individual representation; formulates policy and develops procedures; supervises Deputy Legal Defenders and support staff;evaluates legal performance provided to clients and makes improvements when necessary; develops and maintains department budget; makes recommendations for disposition of indigent cases; approves expenditures on the defense of individual cases; serves on various criminal justice committees; assists judges with policy decisions.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of: state criminal laws and procedures; guidelines of effective representation; the criminal justice system; Supreme Court guidelines in trial procedures; the principles and practices of trial practice; ethics for trial attorneys; the dynamics of human behavior; courtroom trial procedures.
Skill in: handling people in stressful and contentious situations;analyzing issues and preparing recommendations based on findings.
Ability to: communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public; make complex decisions related to management of cases and trial practice; read, write and speak English
In addition the ideal candidate for this role must: Be a quality leader with strong interpersonal skills and good judgement; be a professional who understands and values employees and fosters their professional growth and development; be collaborative and customer-service oriented; have the highest level of personal integrity and honesty; have a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
Cochise County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minimum qualifications are a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and State Bar of Arizona membership and a valid Arizona driver’s license; a minimum of ten (10) years of criminal law practice with felony jury trial experience; five (5) years in a managerial role; preference may be given to individuals with experience in juvenile dependency; preference may be given to certified Criminal Law Specialists; OR, an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training which provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities of this classification.
Position requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening.
Additional Salary Information: Includes a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System.
About Cochise County
Founded in 1881, Cochise County is located in the southeastern corner of Arizona and is 6,219 square miles with a 2010 census population of 131,346. The mile-high city of Bisbee is the county seat where our residents enjoy some of the best weather in the nation and a high quality of life! Cochise County offers our employees a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System.