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Assistant Public Defender - Full-time

Kittanning, PA
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF JOB, include but are not limited to:
Prepares for cases and represents clients in hearings, trials, and summary appeals; represents parents in hearings regarding dependency; attends initial and review hearings for children and youth; attends various juvenile hearings related to probation violations, detention, adjudication, and disposition; counsels clients and their families; represents clients at arraignments, preliminary hearings and/or pretrial and post-sentencing motion practice; reads and analyzes various discovery materials in preparing for cases including police incident reports, arrest reports, witness statements, NCIC reports, conviction reports, lab reports, certified criminal and conviction records, medical records, expert reports, driving histories, etc.; reviews letters, memoranda, notices, complaints, affidavits, case documents, PSI reports, legal reports, transcripts, and other legal documents; negotiates plea bargains with District Attorney’s Office; prepares letters, legal correspondence, briefs, guilty pleas, subpoenas, petitions, motions, waivers, affidavits, court orders, appeals notices, and other legal documents; attends hearings for areas such as bench warrants, extraditions, contempt of court, and indigency; reviews parole notices, probation violations, and ARD revocations; assists with crime investigation tasks such as inspecting the scene of a crime, photographing evidence, and serving subpoenas; attends meetings/training or seminars as required; travels as necessary for trial preparations and/or meetings and seminars; actively participates in the State Public Defender Association and Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; must exhibit a strong commitment to providing legal representation to indigents; etc.
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Juris Doctor Degree is required, as is admission into the Pennsylvania Bar.  Must continue legal education to retain license.  Computer skills are required. 
WORK EXPERIENCE: 2 - 5 years of working experience or training, or any acceptable combination of experience and training which provides requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.  Must possess and maintain a valid PA driver’s license. Extensive trail experience and knowledge of the Prosecutor’s Management System a plus.

​​​​​​​Armstrong County considers qualified applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, service animals, familiar status, veteran status, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status.
For questions concerning this or any other position, please contact the Employment Coordinator at (724)548-3205.

The County of Armstrong is an equal opportunity employer. In recognition of its responsibility to its staff and the community it serves, we reaffirm our policy to assure fair and equal treatment in all of our employment practices, for all persons. We will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age or national origin, nor against any qualified individual with a disability, disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam War.

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