Position Information

Position Information
Public Defender I, II, III
Applicants must include a cover letter and resume for consideration.
Public Defender attorneys provide effective legal representation to indigent adult and juvenile clients in criminal cases, probation cases, and limited categories of civil cases filed in Skagit County District Court, Juvenile Court, and/or Superior Court.

Salary Range upon hire, depending on qualifications:
Public Defender I:            $34.05-$36.47 per hour
Public Defender II:           $36.43-$39.02 per hour
Public Defender III:          $39.02-$41.82 per hour 


Essential Functions

Defend indigent individuals charged with a crime or other conduct that could result in a loss of liberty.
Handle Superior and/or District Court proceedings based upon level of skill, knowledge and experience as determined by the Director.
Meet with clients to obtain information that is relevant to the defense of their case, which may include obtaining information that is relevant to the issue of release from confinement or a reduction of bail; to determine the client's goals of the litigation; to discuss possible defenses and trial strategy; and to provide legal information and advice. Attorneys maintain communication with clients in person, by phone, by e-mail, or by mail throughout the course of the representation to keep their clients informed regarding the status of their case.
Conduct or direct investigation that is appropriate for each case, including, but not limited to, interviewing State and defense witnesses, obtaining records, consulting with expert witnesses, and visiting alleged crime scenes.
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the cases assigned to him or her; develop an understanding of the possible sentences or outcomes of the litigation, including immigration and other collateral consequences; and develop an understanding of the law that is relevant to the case through legal research. Attorneys prepare and file appropriate motions, including, but not limited to, motions to dismiss, motions to suppress evidence, motions to compel discovery; and motions to compel services.
Engage in negotiations with the Prosecuting Attorney or Attorney General to develop possible resolutions to each case that are favorable for the client.
Perform as counsel at pre-trial hearings, trial, and post-trial hearings, including sentencing, restitution, and review hearings. Attorneys are responsible for filing appeals on behalf of his or her clients, and may handle criminal appeals from District Court to Superior Court.

Keep abreast of developments in the law and attend training sessions to receive CLE credit and to enhance knowledge of the law in his or her practice area.
May represent juveniles in criminal and civil juvenile proceedings . Attorneys work with social service agencies and schools to ensure their juvenile clients receive the protection and care that is needed.
May represent clients in mental health proceedings in the local treatment facilities where clients may be confined, and work with psychiatrists and other medical treatment personnel.
May represent parents in dependency proceedings. Attorneys work with social service agencies to ensure their clients receive necessary services.
Serve as a 24-hour, on-call attorney on a rotating basis.
May direct non-attorney staff on specific projects or cases, but does not have direct supervisory responsibilities.
May be tasked with performing related duties. Related duties as required are duties that may  not be specifically listed in the position description, but are within the general  occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee's classification of work.
Position: Public Defender I, II, III
Organization: Skagit County Public Defenders
Location: Mount Vernon,  WA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 3/22/2021
Date Posted: 3/22/2021
Minimum Qualifications
Public Defender I
  • Experience in criminal defense or civil cases handled by the Public Defender is desired, but is not required.
Public Defender II
  • Minimum two years' experience as a public defender or other significant criminal or relevant civil defense experience from private practice.
Public Defender Ill
  • Minimum four years' experience as a public defender or other significant criminal or relevant civil defense experience from private practice.
Requires knowledge of:
  • Computer-based legal research programs
  • Microsoft office suite
  • Court docket systems
  • Washington law and statues relating to criminal offenses and select civil cases
  • Washington rules of evidence , criminal procedure, and civil procedure in select civil cases
  • Operation of standard office equipment, including printers, fax machines, copy machines, calculators, computers and scanners.
You must apply through Skagit County's jobs website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/skagitwa
Status: This listing expires on: 5/21/2021
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Organization Information
Skagit County Public Defenders
121 Broadway

Mount Vernon,  WA 98273
United States
(360) 416-1650
Janelle Gilbert