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Thurston County Public Defense Seeks Defense Attorney
September 27, 2022 | Alison Pagan

Thurston County Public Defense is currently recruiting for one (1) Defense Attorney position. A Defense Attorney practices in either District Court, Juvenile Court, or Superior Court with moderate to minimum supervision and/or general direction from a higher-level defense attorney. Immediate placement for this position will be in the District Court Unit for misdemeanor representation consistent with summary of duties outlined below.

Depending upon qualifications, the successful applicant will be placed either at a Defense Attorney I or Defense Attorney II level. The Defense Attorney II is distinguished by years of experience and the responsibility to handle both adult and juvenile felony and misdemeanor caseloads.

District Court:
Manages a full misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor caseload. Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearing and/or plea bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Also, handles miscellaneous calendar duties such as arraignment calendars, initial appearance calendars, and interpreter calendars.

Other responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Reviews police reports, interviews witnesses, works with court and Prosecutor to resolve cases. Appropriately utilizes non-attorney professional services.
  • Reviews reports from DSHS, interviews appropriate parties, works with the Attorney General, case workers, social workers, experts, court and related court personnel to resolve cases.
  • Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, does necessary research.
  • Maintains accurate and complete statistical information to be used for future needs and projections.
  • Assists other Defense Attorneys in matters of tactics, trial strategy and legal research.
  • Provides back-up defense for District and Juvenile Courts and is knowledgeable of District and Juvenile Court rules and procedures.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.