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Thurston County Public Defense Seeks Defense Attorneys
October 26, 2022 | Alison Pagan

Thurston County Public Defense is currently recruiting for four (4) Defense Attorneys.

  • Two (2) full-time regular positions with immediate placement in the Superior Court Unit for felony representation.
  • Two (2) full-time project positions with an end date of December 31, 2024, with immediate placement in the District Court Unit for misdemeanor representation.

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

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages a full felony, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor caseload (depending on unit assignment).
  • Reviews police reports, interviews witnesses, works with the court and Prosecutor to resolve cases. Appropriately utilizes non-attorney professional services.
  • Reviews reports from DSHS, interviews appropriate parties, works with the attorney generals office, case workers, social workers, experts, court personnel to resolve cases.
  • Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, does necessary research, maintains required statistical information.
  • Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearings and/or please bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
  • Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis.
  • Handles miscellaneous calendar duties such as arraignment calendars, initial appearance calendars and interpreter calendars.

What we offer our employees:

  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family.  Please visit Benefits 2022 Thurston County Employee Benefit Plans website for more information.
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid holidays.
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry.  We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.
  • Flexible Work Schedules:  Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan.
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:  This is a federal program which allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid.  Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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