Assistant Public Defender I

Muskegon County   Muskegon, MI   Full-time     Legal
Posted on September 21, 2021
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Assistant Public Defender I

Description of Work

The Assistant Public Defender I (APD) is a trial lawyer position tasked with assisting the appointed chief public defender, serves as an integral part of a team counter-part to all state prosecutions. The APD's practice in forum that include at county, municipal, and township courts, for the purpose of providing quality legal representations for defendants without means to retain legal counsel, after being charged with criminal or civil violations. An APD may also be assigned in matters such as juvenile delinquency and neglect and abuse (NA) cases that require appointment as Guardian ad litem (GAL). Position will initially be under supervision but the APD will gradually receive more complex assignments to perform more independence as greater experience is gained. Position also provides essential operational/administrative assistance as needed to the department head for the recruitment, training, supervision, utilization and evaluation of a large volunteer workforce of qualified student lawyers/investigators. Also provides legal counsel to the general public, local unites of government and various County departments as needed.

Required Minimum Entrance Qualifications

Must possess an Undergraduate and Law Degree from an accredited college or university; Two years of experience in the practice of criminal or governmental law is preferred, or the equivalent with a concentration in District Court and/or Family Court proceedings.

Have a valid Michigan driver's license.

Additional Requirements
Must have Membership in the State Bar Association and be licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan. Admittance to practice in front of federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court is desirable. Must be able to secure clearance to enter correctional facilities. NOTE: Bilingual in Spanish preferred

Physical Conditions / Work Location

An Assistant Public Defender I performs generally sedentary work activities, requiring the occasional lifting of objects weighing thirty-five (35) pounds or less.

An Assistant Public Defender I works in a variety (i.e. HOJ, Jail, and South Campus) of County facilities and additional travel throughout the County may be required.


Muskegon County

Muskegon , MI