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State of Montana Attorney- Public Defender- Billings in Billings, Montana

/To be considered for OPD positions, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials./ _Materials Required of Applicants: _ * * *Cover Letter * Resume * References: */Please provide contact information for three (3) professional references. / *_Our Mission_ We/ provide effective professional legal services with equal access to quality client-centered representation./ _Our Vision_ /As trained legal professionals we strive to represent our clients in an effective and efficient manner to ensure a more fair and balanced justice system. We are dedicated and committed to improving overall outcomes for our clients and addressing the conditions that led to their involvement with the justice system/. /* / *_Reasons to work for the Office of the Public Defender:_ Our work changes lives! The work OPD does, makes a difference for the people in our communities. * Public Defenders work for their clients, protect constitutional rights and ensure the system remains fair. We are proud of the work we do, to find out more about OPD visit our website HERE. *_Benefits of working for OPD:_ The ability to work and play in the beautiful state of Montana is one of the benefits you will love about this opportunity! Other fantastic benefits include: * Health Coverage * Retirement plans * Paid vacation, sick leave and Holidays * Work/life balance * Flexible schedules * Opportunities and room for professional growth * Public Service Loan Forgiveness- *Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive loan forgiveness- click HERE to learn more! *About this Opportunity! The Office of the Public Defender is currently accepting applications for attorney positions in our Billings OPD- Region 3 Office. Ideal candidates for these positions are attorneys currently licensed to practice in Montana. Additional potential candidates will include both recent graduates planning to take the July 2022 Montana bar exam and attorneys presently licensed in other states and eligible for admission in Montana. (Successful candidates who are not yet sworn into the Montana State Bar will be hired at a training wage until successful admission). Job Overview: Public Defenders render legal services for all cases handled by the Office of the Public Defender including: felony and misdemeanor criminal charges; youth court proceedings; involuntary mental health or developmental disability commitments; representing parents and children in dependent/neglect matters; and guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, as described in the Montana Public Defender Act Title 47 Additionally, Public Defenders are expected to exercise their own professional judgment and provide competent indigent defense casework for clients. Public Defenders must have a passion, commitment, and willingness to work collaboratively with underprivileged populations to, not only, ensure that needed services are provided, they continually advocate and strive to improve the level of services OPD provides to its clients. Other Major Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: * Serves as defense attorney for indigent criminal defendants and other persons in civil cases who are entitled by law to assistance of counsel; * Prepares for and appears with clients at all pretrial and trial proceedings and hearings; * Conducts investigations, obtains formal and informal discovery, develops a theory of the case, researches legal issues, and prepares, files and argues appropriate motions; * Negotiate settlements or changes of plea; * Interviews clients to evaluate evidence and assess strength of case; * Analyzes charging documents, police reports and discovery material and evidence for assigned criminal cases; * Conducts all phases of trial in court, including jury trials; * Recommends bond and participates in bond hearings; * Reviews petitions for probation revocations; * Participates in sentencing hearing; * Prepares motions for a new trial; * Develops overall defense strategies; * Keeps current with the statutes, rules, and cases regarding both procedural and substantive legal issues; * Shows commitment and willingness to work with underprivileged populations, including those facing socio-economic adversity and mental health issues, assessing needs, making referrals and ensuring that services are provided to clients. Knowledge Skills and Abilities: * Knowledge of legal and court policies, procedures, practices, terminology and systems, state and federal laws, and rules and regulations; * Knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement; * Excellent verbal and written communication skills; * Skilled in negotiation, problem-solving and decision-making practices; * Self-motivation; * Ability to remain flexible; * Client-oriented and customer service skills; * Capable of spotting and framing issues to advance the client’s interests; * Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, the public, witnesses, judges/court personnel, and law enforcement/prosecution personnel. Physical and Environmental Demands: This position works in an office and court setting and has regular visits with clients in jail, detention centers, and mental health facilities. Requires exposure to stressful situations and occasional travel to attend court, trainings, and provide services to clients. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): * The minimum requirements include: * Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA accredited law school. * Membership in the State Bar or ability to achieve membership in the Montana state bar during a probationary period. To learn more about Admissions to the State Bar of Montana go to Job: Legal *Title: *Attorney- Public Defender- Billings Location: Billings Requisition ID: 22142624