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Yakima County DAC Seeks Attorney I
June 3, 2022 | Alison Pagan

The Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel (Office of the Public Defender) is recruiting to fill vacancies at the Attorney I level. Incumbents are responsible for providing professional legal work of a criminal defense nature including: legal research and analysis, case management and preparation, conduct of hearings and trials, and appeals.

If you are awaiting results of the Washington State Bar Exam and/or awaiting admission to the WSBA, we encourage you to apply.

Admission to the Washington State Bar Association is required.

Attorney I:

The Attorney I classification is the first level in a four-level Attorney classification series used for civil, criminal prosecution and indigent defense positions. The Attorney I classification is distinguished from other classifications in the series by the entry level nature of cases and assignments in terms of seriousness and complexity and by the greater supervision, direction and/or assistance from higher level attorneys received to perform the job.

In Criminal Matters:

  • Evaluates each case and assesses its factual and legal sufficiency under the law at each stage of a criminal proceeding by reviewing police and other reports and analyzing all information available.
  • Evaluates strengths, weaknesses and facts of each case for purposes of additional investigation, plea negotiations, development of case strategy and trial preparation.
  • Coordinates or conducts case investigation for trial preparation as necessary. Arranges for tests of physical evidence, testimony of expert witnesses and interviews or directs interviews of witnesses as required. Interviews and confers with client regarding facts, plea discussions, trial, sentencing and progress of case and maintains client confidentiality.
  • Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations with opposing counsel and represents the interest of the client.
  • Represents the client at preliminary appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, pleas of guilty, sentencing hearings and post-trial matters such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews/amendments.
  • Conducts all trial actions including: selection of jury, opening arguments, direct and cross examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, closing arguments and post-trial motions.
  • Responds to individuals arrested who wish to consult with an attorney at critical stages of proceedings.

In Civil Matters:

  • Represents clients at all stages of the following civil matters and proceedings: civil commitment proceedings (except under RCW 71.09), civil contempt, truancy, and at risk youth, and drug forfeitures.
  • In all civil matters, performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial preparation, settlement negotiations, pre-trial motions, non-jury and jury trials and appeals as required.

Other duties as assigned in all matters.

Yakima County offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more information and to apply, visit For information on the Yakima Valley please visit:  Recruitment will remain open until filled with weekly review of applicants.  For assistance, contact the Yakima County Human Resources Department at (509) 574-2210.  EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability.

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