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Public Defender Attorney I
Agency: Arkansas Public Defender Commission
Office: 12th Judicial District
Date Posted: 03/08/2018
Posting Expires: 03/21/2018
The Public Defender Attorney I is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance to clients. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
Provides legal representation to all defendants, as required by the Courts. Investigates defendantís case by locating and interviewing witnesses, in order to obtain information relevant to the defense of the client. Writes briefs, motions, and other pleadings supporting case arguments to facilitate litigation process. Represents the defendant in legal proceedings including state and federal court. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Occasional to frequent in-state and out-of state travel may be required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and precedents. Knowledge of legal research and writing techniques. Knowledge of state and federal court practices and procedures. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply legislation and case related information. Ability to conduct litigation. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information and reports.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus one year of experience in the practice of law.
Preferred Qualifications
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. Must be certified for D and C felonies, misdemeanors, juveniles, guardianship, mental health cases, traffic cases punishable by incarceration and all contempt proceedings punishable by incarceration. Must possess a valid Arkansas driverís license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Agency Specific Information
Position requires a law license. Individuals who have not taken the bar OR whose bar exam results are pending need not apply.

The Commission is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
Job Details
Position No.: 22095080
Class Code: G065C
Grade: GS10
Salary Range: $56,039.00 - $81,257.00 per year
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Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Fort Smith
Job County/Region: Sebastian
Contact Information
Contact name: Dana Cargile
Phone: 501-682-9070
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