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Muskegon County in Michigan Seeks Public Defender Director
February 29, 2024 | Erin Stewart

Description of Work

The Public Defender is appointed by the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners and is under the direction of the County Administrator.  The Public Defender, serves as the responsible attorney of record for all indigent or partially indigent adult criminal, juvenile delinquent, neglect and abuse, involuntary institutionalization (probate) and select civil cases. The Public Defender Director’s mission is to provide competent, constitutionally mandated legal representations, where the State threatens significant liberty interests.

Required Minimum Entrance Qualifications

1.  Possess a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan; AND
Have a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the practice of criminal law Five (5) years of progressively more responsible experience in the administrative supervision of legal services preferred; AND
Shall meet MIDC practice qualifications for representation in misdemeanor, low-severity felony, high-severity felony, and life offense cases.
2.  Authority to practice law in the State of Michigan. Admittance to practice in front of federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court is desirable;
3.  Must be licensed in good standing to drive a motor vehicle and possess a valid Michigan driver’s license.

Note: Applicants must either be current members of the Michigan Bar, eligible to waive into the bar, or eligible to sit for the next upcoming Michigan bar exam. For individuals who are not currently admitted to the Michigan bar, employment will be contingent on the applicant either (1) successfully passing the bar examination within 8 months of the hire date or (2) if the applicant is applying for admission by waiver, successful admission within 6 months of hire date.

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