The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is now accepting applications for the position of Public Defender for the County of Arlington and City of Falls Church. The VIDC is dedicated to protecting the rights and dignity of clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. The Public Defender is an at-will position reporting to the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission’s Executive Director and serving at the pleasure of the Commission. A successful candidate is subject to a fingerprint based criminal background check.
The Public Defender is responsible for handling a personal caseload and for the overall supervision of the office. Duties include oversight of defense team work by providing direction and guidance for case preparation, trial strategies, client contacts and communications, plea negotiation, appellate practice, and sentencing advocacy. Additional duties include ensuring that attorneys and staff receive appropriate training and continuing education, ensuring all attorneys receive and maintain certification for court appointment and fully comply with the Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel, submitting input and carefully managing the office budget, and preparing and ensuring all required administrative reports and documentation are timely submitted.
Virginia State Bar admission, extensive criminal litigation experience, comprehensive knowledge of Virginia Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and the Standards of Practice For Indigent Defense Counsel, considerable knowledge of management principles, demonstrated ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff, actively manage employee work performance and familiarity with agencies that interact with the Public Defender Office and a demonstrable commitment to quality indigent defense representation are required.