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PUBLIC DEFENDER ATTORNEY I

The Public Defender Attorney I is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance

Class Code:

G065C

Job Grade:

GS10

Special Job Requirements:

Occasional to frequent in-state and out-of state travel may be required.

Typical Functions:

Provides legal representation to all defendants, as required by the Courts. Investigates defendant’s case by locating and interviewing witnesses, in order to obtain information relevant to the defense of the client. Writes briefs, motions, and other pleadings supporting case arguments to facilitate litigation process. Represents the defendant in legal proceedings including state and federal court. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and precedents. Knowledge of legal research and writing techniques. Knowledge of state and federal court practices and procedures. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply legislation and case related information. Ability to conduct litigation. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201; plus one year of experience in law. Must be certified for D and C felonies, misdemeanors, juveniles, guardianship, mental health cases, traffic cases punishable by incarceration and all contempt proceedings punishable by incarceration. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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