Contract Assistant Public Defender

9th District Public Defender's Office   Bemidji, MN   Full-time     Legal
Posted on November 11, 2020

Minnesota Board of Public Defense
Ninth Judicial District invites applications for the temporary position of:

Contract Assistant Public Defender

$12,000 per month for full-time equivalent
$9,000 per month for three-quarter time
$6,000 per month for half-time
$3,000 per month for quarter-time

The Ninth Judicial District Public Defender Office is seeking to fill temporary Assistant Public Defender positions with a term that may continue through June 30, 2021. This is a non-benefited, contract position. This primarily will be a teleworking position that will fulfill their duties to the Court virtually. This position will be primarily responsible for handling misdemeanors and traffic court. Less than a full-time appointment may be considered and should be requested in the application process. Contracts are available on a quarter-time, half-time, three-quarter-time and full-time basis.
Work assignments are carried out with a substantial degree of discretion and independent judgement within the framework of state laws and rules of procedure applicable to the administration of the assigned court and judicial proceedings.

Represents persons designated by the Chief Public Defender who qualify as indigent defendants in criminal matters; handles contested and uncontested cases, trials, motions and hearings as assigned; instructs parties as to their rights; questions witnesses; inquiries as to the causes for which the persons are brought before the court; evaluates evidence; makes decisions on factual and legal questions; prepares memorandum regarding the cases; completes and prepares documents for a Judge's signature; confers with attorneys and prosecutors in regard to court matters; performs legal research as required; writes correspondence; performs related work as required by the court assignments; uses Board of Public Defense case management software to manage assigned client files.

* Graduation from an accredited law school and thorough experience in the practice of criminal law.
* Possession of a certificate of admission to the bar of the State of Minnesota and eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Minnesota.
* Must successfully pass a criminal background check.

* Work well under pressure with demonstrated efficient time management and problem-solving skills.
* Detail-oriented and able to foster cooperation.
* Effective interpersonal skills.