State of Montana Attorney - Conflict Public Defender - Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana
*Admission to the State Bar of Montana is required on date of hire.
Special Information:*This position will be filled on a part-time basis (20 hours per week). The position will be a home-based office. The position will have very minimal support staff assistance. Travel is required. Employee will be eligible for state benefits.
This position is an assistant public defender within the Conflict Defender Division. The Conflict Defender Division reports to the Public Defender Director and is separate from, and independent of, the eleven regional offices, and local offices. Regional Offices identify conflicts and refer cases to the Conflict Defender Division Office.
This position will represent indigent clients in cases including: felony and misdemeanor criminal charges; delinquent youth proceedings; involuntary mental health or developmental disability commitments; abuse and neglect proceedings; dependent/neglect matters; and guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, as described in the Montana Public Defender Act https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title0470/chaptersindex.html
Case assignments for this position are determined by the Regional Conflict Manager.
Assistant Public Defenders are expected to exercise their own professional judgment and provide competent indigent defense casework pursuant to the Office of the Public Defender Practice Standards http://publicdefender.mt.gov/Resources/OPD-Practice-Standards. Assistant Public Defenders duties include but are not limited to case investigation and strategy, discovery review, motion work, plea negotiations, trial preparation and completion, and sentencing.
Applicants must be knowledgeable of legal and court policies, procedures, practices, terminology and systems; state and federal laws; rules and regulations; principles and practices of law enforcement. Must have verbal and written communication, negotiation, problem-solving and decision-making skills; must be self-motivated, flexible, and client-oriented; capable of spotting and framing issues to advance the client’s interests. Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, the public, witnesses, judges/ court personnel, and law enforcement/prosecution personnel.
The minimum requirements include a JD from an ABA accredited law school. Ideal candidates will include recent graduates or experienced attorneys who have a strong desire to work in indigent defense. Admission to the State Bar of Montana is required on date of hire.
Title: Attorney - Conflict Public Defender - Great Falls
Location: Great Falls
Requisition ID: 18143042