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DEPUTY II - PUB DEFWHATCOM COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION POSITION: Deputy II RANGE: 355 DEPARTMENT: Public Defender FLSA: E REPORTS TO: Public Defender EEO: 2 SUMMARY Acts as court -appointed counsel representing individuals accused of misdemeanors or felonies in superior, district and juvenile courts as assigned. Represents appointed clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing. Responsible for the investigation and preparation of each case assigned. May represent individuals in involuntary commitment proceedings. Primary caseload consists of misdemeanor, juvenile, or felony cases based upon experience. Assists management and other staff, as directed. Complies with legal standards and requirements. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES Interviews defendants as assigned to determine the facts of the case. Reviews police and other reports to evaluate each case against the state of the law to determine its relative strengths and weaknesses, to prepare for plea negotiations, development of case strategy, and trial preparation. Researches, prepares, and argues pre-trial motions. Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations on behalf of the defendant and represents the defendant's interests in the negotiations. Coordinates or conducts the case investigation for trial preparation as necessary. Arranges for tests of physical evidence, the testimony of expert witnesses and interviews witnesses as required. Conducts all trial actions including selection of jury, cross and direct examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits and makes arguments on the law and interpretation of the evidence. Represents defendants at all legal proceedings including, but not limited to: arraignments, pre-trial motions, guilty pleas and post -trial matters, such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews, presenting defense recommendations for disposition of cases. Shares rotating on -call duties with other staff attorneys, responding to events occurring after normal work hours, on weekends and on holidays. Prioritizes and plans work activities using resources effectively. Plans for additional resources and integrates changes smoothly and in a timely manner. Keeps clients reasonably informed about the status of their case and promptly complies with reasonable requests for information. Explains matters to clients to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the clients to make informed decisions about their cases. Complies with all Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the Washington Supreme Court. ADDITIONAL JOB DUTIES Prepares appellate briefs to appeal convictions or other rulings in matters of law, when it appears to be in the interest of justice. Prepares own correspondence and pleadings on personal computer as necessary to accommodate workload. Prepares materials for, presents components of and participates in an in-house training program as assigned. Participates in educational presentations at local schools and community or civic organizations as assigned. Trains and works closely with temporary and other staff, as assigned. Assists with the creation or updating of procedures, tasks, workflows and systems, as assigned. Performs other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS Requires successful completion of two years as a Whatcom County Deputy 1 in the Whatoom County Public Defender's Office and performance -based approval of promotion by the Public Defender, OR three years as a successful practicing attorney with an equivalent trial background in criminal law that satisfies the Washington Supreme Court's Standards for Indigent Defense to handle felony cases. Must be a current member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association, OR must be a current member in good standing of another State Bar Association AND must become a member of the Washington State Bar Association by passing the next Washington State Bar exam. Trial experience in criminal law is preferred. Spanish language fluency is desired. Requires knowledge of The field of assignment sufficient to perform thoroughly and accurately the full scope of responsibility as illustrated by example in this job description. The Washington State Criminal Code, Rules of Evidence and Procedure, and the Washington Court Rules and the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct. Principles of planning and time management. Computer operation and a variety of office software including word processing and computerized legal research. Safety precautions, practices and procedures applicable to area of assignment. Requires ability to: Plan, coordinate, organize and schedule services. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in clear, concise language appropriate for the purpose and parties addressed, including the presentation of law, facts, evidence and arguments in an organized and logical form in court. Use tact, discretion, persuasion, diplomacy, respect and courtesy to gain the cooperation and commitment of others and establish and maintain effective working relationships and rapport with public officials, department heads, co-workers, individuals involved with the court system, attorneys, staff members of other County departments, the media, and diverse members of the public. Fulfill the commitment of the County to provide outstanding public, intra- and inter- departmental customer service. Read, understand, interpret, analyze and apply appropriately the terminology, instructions, policies, procedures, legal requirements, and regulations pertinent to area of assignment. Be attentive to detail, maintain a high degree of accuracy and recognize, resolve and correct discrepancies in data or information. Work effectively in a multi -task environment. Take appropriate initiative. Apply good judgement, creativity and logical thinking to obtain potential solutions to problems within the scope of knowledge and authority or refer to the appropriate source. Develop ways to improve and promote efficient work methods. Initiate, compile, compose and/or edit correspondence, pleadings, and other applicable documents. Perform thorough legal research and analysis of legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents and apply pertinent information to the preparation of assigned cases. Work effectively and maintain focus in a multi -task environment to meet timelines, goals and objectives. Proficiently operate office equipment standard to the area of assignment. Maintain current knowledge for assigned areas and adapt to new technologies, keeping technical skills up-to-date and using technology to increase productivity. Work independently and cooperatively as a member of a team. Maintain appropriate level of confidentiality on all matters. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Must have a driving record that meets County standards and possess a valid driver's license at time of hire and throughout employment. Must pass job -related tests. Background check must meet County criteria. Required to successfully complete all continuing legal education requirements as mandated by the Washington State Bar Association, which includes 2 hours of ethics credit per year throughout employment. WORKING CONDITIONS Works primarily in a high traffic office setting. Appears in a variety of courts on a daily basis, interviews clients in the jail and hospital, investigates crime scenes, and interviews witnesses at a variety of locations. Periodically drives motor vehicle to perform duties at other sites or travel out of the County. May occasionally lift and carry items weighting up to 30 pounds. May work extended hours during trials or as required. Maintains a high caseload, which can be emotionally and psychologically draining due to the nature of the crimes involved. May deal with potentially violent and/or verbally abusive clients. Possibility of exposure to hostile and offensive language and/or physical harm from clients. Uses appropriate safety equipment and follows established work safety policies, practices and procedures. The statements contained herein refleet, as of the date signed, general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this jab. the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but shoutd not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, ;ncluding work in other functional areas, to cover absences ar relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload At its sole discretion, mrhatcom County may consider combinations of education, experience. certifications, and training in lieu ofspocifically required quaiifiicatium contained hercia. Whate;om County pmvides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status. sexual orientation, disability, military service, genetics, and any other legally protected class. Whatcom County also complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment, EMPLOYEE STATUS: This is a FLSA exempt position and as such is not entitled to overtime. The position is also subject to an "employee at will' doctrine. Signature JDE Job Job Code: D185 Reason for Change: Job Group: Standard Language W/C Code: 1501 Group:7000 Security: Level 2 Driving: Periodically CDL: N BBP:N Cash Handling: N //V/74 Date Medical Privacy: N Physical Capacity: N Physical: N Polygraph: N PsychologieaT: H PD.JOB BA 81161Z1