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Thurston County Public Defense Seeks Two Defense Attorney I
October 16, 2019 | WDA

Thurston County Public Defense (TCPD) is currently recruiting for TWO full-time Defense Attorney positions. A Defense Attorney practices in either District Court, Juvenile Court or Superior Court with moderate supervision from a higher-level defense attorney. Immediate placement for these positions will be in District Court for Misdemeanor representation consistent with the District Court summary of duties below.

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.

Superior Court:

  • Manages a full or partial caseload of B and C felonies. Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearing and/or plea bargains with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Handles miscellaneous court hearings, including but not limited to, preliminary calendars, arraignment calendars and non-compliance calendars.

Juvenile Court:

  • Manages a full caseload of parents in dependency and termination cases, including representation at all statutorily required hearings, conferences and family treatment court. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial/hearing preparation, settlement negotiations, motions and trials.

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 required statistical information.
  • Maintains accurate and complete statistical information to be used for future needs and projections.
  • Performs other legal work as required.

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