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Grant County Department of Public Defense Seeks Staff Attorney
April 20, 2023 | Chinami Arai

Location: County Courthouse Complex, Ephrata, WA 98823
Department: Public Defense
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Hour Per Week: 40
Rate of Pay: $5,517.20 – $10,703.33
Status: R02 – Active Recruitment – Posted & Advertised
Details: This position is open until filled. See “Special Instructions” at the end of the posting for important details.


Position Summary

The Department of Public Defense provides defense to indigent persons in Grant County Superior Court, District Court and the Juvenile Division of Superior Court.

A Public Defense Attorney will independently handle a caseload and provide effective assistance to those entitled to counsel at public expense in Grant County.  The attorney will comply with performance guidelines and the WSBA Standards of Public Defense.

Essential job skills include but are not limited to:  full management of a caseload, preparing for hearings (pretrial, motions, trial and posttrial hearing, show cause, reviews, etc.), the ability to plea bargain in the client’s interest, significant reading and analyzing discovery, interviewing witnesses, working with the court and colleagues and non-attorney staff and investigators, etc.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

It is desired that each candidate have deep commitment to the rights of individuals charged with a crime or whose liberty is at stake.  The candidate should also have a desire to protect the Constitution and the rights of the community through defending each individual assigned.

Experience working as a team member, computer literacy, communication skills, the ability to receive assignments and follow through with assignments and other characteristics of quality trial counsel are desired.


Education, Experience, and Licensing

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Any combination of education and experience may be substituted as long as it provides the desired skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Admitted member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association.


  1. Trial experience is a plus. Will consider all experience levels.
  2. Demonstrated ability to handle a high-volume caseload.


Grant County is Proud to Be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) 

We value diversity in the workplace. Candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability, political affiliation, national origin, age, or any other protected class. Interested individuals, who meet the basic requirements, are invited to apply for consideration.

For more information, click here. 

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