Attorney III

  • Mohave, Arizona
  • Jun 01, 2020
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $74,609.60 - $86,382.40 Annually USD

Job Description

Job Summary

Mohave CountyLegal Defender'sOffice is currently recruiting for an Attorney III

Depending on qualifications, may fill position as:
Attorney II Range 25, Step 1-4:$67,662.40 - $78,332.80
Attorney I Range 23, Step 1-4: $61,360.00 - $71,052.80

This posting will be used to fill current and future vacancies.

Performs responsible and complex professional legal work involved in the performance of professional legal services including criminal investigations, trial preparations, and defenses.Positions at this level are normally filled by advancement or progression from the Attorney II level or, when filled from outside, requires prior successful, increasingly responsible Attorney experience in defense.Work involves performing legal services at the full performance level of professional difficulty and requires the application of learned judgment and technical proficiency in the completion of assignments.

Higher level of authority and requires independent decisions in accordance with established procedures

May exercise technical supervision over clerical support and paralegal personnel.In certain situations may be asked to coordinate and mentor newer, less experienced attorneys within a work group

Essential Job Functions

An employee may perform any or all of the following examples of work listed but primarily will perform those work examples that are pertinent to the assigned Department/Division.
  • Defends misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases, up to and including murder.
  • Prepares and oversees the preparation of legal briefs and memoranda.
  • Prepares and presents evidence in criminal actions to include legal arguments regarding Mohave CountyPersonnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulation.
  • Conducts plea negotiations.
  • Negotiates pleas in criminal cases in behalf of indigent clients.
  • Interviews victims, witnesses, clients or prospective clients in the office, in custody and in other environments as necessary.
  • Performs legal research in connection with legal writing and legal arguments.
  • Communicates with civic and governmental agencies regarding rehabilitation programs for clients.
  • Provides advocacy at sentencing proceedings.
  • Works with the Probation Department on behalf of clients.
  • Handles probation revocation hearings.
  • Communicates and acts in a professional manner with the public, co-workers, and work contacts.
  • May supervise clerical and investigative staff,
  • May supervise less experienced attorneys
  • Writes and researches appellate briefs and argues appeals taken to the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals
  • Performs special assignments as requested.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Exercise regular and predictable attendance and punctuality in accordance with Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Eligibility for or Admission to the Bar of the State of Arizona and eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Arizona.
  • Five (5) year of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work.
  • Must have demonstrated trial skills through performance of both bench and jury trials at a Superior Court level.
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered in meeting the minimum qualifications.
  • Possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Arizona. (May be hired prior to admission, but at a lower pay rate until full admission is obtained).
  • Must possess a valid driver's license for operation of motor vehicles on Arizona roads at the start of employment and maintain said license while employed in this position.
  • Must provide acceptable driving history at no cost to the County.
  • Willingness to attain additional knowledge of legal, judicial and other job-related fields through reading of related information and materials and attending training and educational classes.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of criminal law and of the methods and practices of pleading and trial advocacy.
  • Judicial procedures, rules of evidence and rules of criminal procedure, especially Arizona rules.
  • Principles, methods, materials, practices, and references utilized in legal research and presentation.
  • Methods and practices of pleading criminal cases and of effective techniques in the presentation and preparation of cases in court.
  • Interviewing and investigative techniques.
  • Arizona Supreme Court rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Mohave CountyPersonnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulation.
Ability to:
  • Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and to effectively present such materials in writing and orally.
  • Understand and interpret constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations and precedents.
  • Understand, interpret and apply pertinent federal, state and local rules, regulations, procedures and policies regarding legal work and services to include departmental procedures and requirements.
  • Read, interpret and apply technical materials encountered as a result of work assignments.
  • Prepare, present and conduct trial defenses effectively.
  • Determine alternative courses of action.
  • Present and argue cases in court and handle unanticipated problems smoothly.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with persons of diverse ethnic, educational and economic backgrounds.
  • Maintain objectivity and freedom from prejudice.
  • Manage problems which may be controversial or sensitive in nature.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Understand and grasp ideas quickly and follow instructions with initiative and exercise good judgment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and documentation.
  • Perform the essential functions of the job specifications with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Comply with Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures, andDepartment Regulations..

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Job Address

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