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Attorney I: Public Defender (0521)

Company: Coconino County
Location: Flagstaff
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Nature of Work

Coconino County promotes a transformational leadership philosophy that elicits employee growth, cultivates inspiration, and creates future leaders by empowering employees to solve internal and external customer needs and exceed customer service expectations. As an award-winning organization with high regard for cultural diversity and the positive contributions of the many thriving cultures within our county, our nation, and our society, Coconino County leads a variety of initiatives that celebrate diversity; from our Annual Diversity Day, and monthly Heritage Lunch & Learns, to book clubs, and professional development academies which target diverse workforce segments. Coconino County's respect for diversity is shared throughout the organization. Be part of this optimistic, innovative team where outstanding customer service creates dynamic solutions and engages leadership at every level.

Attorneys provide legal representation for clients needing publicly assisted representation in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency and severance of parental rights cases following appointment by the courts of Coconino County; and perform related duties as required. Advancement in classification is within the discretion of the Department Director based upon attorney performance.

Typical Duties

(Illustrative only)

The level and complexity of assignments vary with the level of the position; however, all classes perform the following:

  • Manages caseloads, which include interviewing and advising clients on their legal rights and obligations
  • Analyzes case material after investigations; conducts legal research as required
  • Prepares cases for presentation in court; appears in court and represents clients or the State at court hearings
  • Prepares and submits legal documents to the courts on behalf of clients or the State
  • Writes, or word-processes correspondence and reports
  • Maintains accurate records and files

Essential functions of this position include but are not limited to: driving; sitting; working with and around others; dealing with interruptions; repetitive motion (hand/wrist) for computer work; vision acuity (near) for routine office and customer service duties; hearing and speech for ordinary conversation; finger dexterity for typing and paperwork.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney Iis the entry-level attorney class. Incumbents learn court procedures, office policy and the application of laws and legal procedures; and are assigned to routine cases while gaining experience. Incumbents may assist a more experienced attorney or be assigned a full and separate caseload of cases with a minimum degree of difficulty.


Current active membership in the State Bar of Arizona. Possession of, or ability to attain, a valid Arizona driver's license.

Theideal candidate must be willing to travel to the outlying areas of Coconino County that we serve.

Preferred qualifications:Courtroom experience with trial experience preferred; the ability to work independently and as a team player; possess effective communication skills; be willing to work with and for the various indigent populations of Coconino County and possess the skills necessary for dealing with individuals of varying races, genders, ethnicity, and ages, some of whom may have physical or emotional problems and who appear to be difficult, confused or hostile; being bilingual.

This position is exempt from overtime.

This position is safety sensitive.

This position is open until filled. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of:
  • Substantive law, rules of evidence, trial and court procedures, legal principles and research methods commensurate with the level of experience of the class
  • Computer applications related to the work
  • Standard legal office practices and procedures
  • Techniques for dealing with individuals of varying races, genders, ethnicity and ages, some of whom may have physical or emotional problems and who appear to be difficult, confused or hostile
  • Ability and Skill in:
  • Interviewing a variety of individuals and soliciting needed information to determine facts/circumstances
  • Developing effective strategies for client representation
  • Analyzing cases and applying legal principles
  • Presenting statements of law clearly and logically in written and verbal form
  • Presenting an effective case in court
  • Managing an assigned caseload
  • Preparing clear, concise, accurate and effective legal documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials
  • Maintaining accurate records and files
  • Using sound independent judgment within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines
  • Communicating logically and effectively with a diverse group of clients, witnesses, judges, law enforcement officials, other attorneys and employees of various agencies and departments
  • Demonstrating patience, tact, courtesy and compassion
  • Work safely and support the culture of workplace safety
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work
  • Working cooperatively with colleagues to accomplish the policies and goals of the office

Coconino County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: Coconino County, Flagstaff , Attorney I: Public Defender (0521), Other , Flagstaff, Arizona

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