Assistant Public Defender I or II

Arlington County and the City of Falls Church
Aug 02, 2018
Sep 06, 2018
Full Time

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

Arlington Public Defender Office

Assistant Public Defender I or II

Starting Salary: 57,930 - $65,486

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Public Defender I or II for the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. The VIDC is dedicated to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. The Assistant Public Defender position reports to the Chief Public Defender for the Arlington Office and is employed at will.



Duties include conducting client and witness interviews; preparing and litigating pre- and post-trial motions; working with staff investigators and the sentencing advocate to investigate allegations, collect mitigating evidence, and develop mitigation themes; collaborating with mental health and substance abuse services to identify alternatives to incarceration; representing clients at trial in the District and Circuit Courts; and representing clients on appeal in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Virginia.

Minimum Qualifications:

First and foremost, a qualified applicant must possess a deep belief in zealous, client-centered advocacy and a passion for working tirelessly on the behalf of indigent defendants. Additionally, the applicant must value camaraderie and working closely with like-minded individuals in a team environment. It is important that the applicant have an interest in and aptitude for public speaking, and the potential to argue persuasively before judges and juries. The applicant must possess superior legal research and writing skills, and the capacity to think creatively about legal issues. Comfort working with disadvantaged persons—including mentally ill individuals and those charged with serious felony crimes—is essential. The qualified applicant must be a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar and have a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense, social justice, and/or public service. Applicants who have taken the bar but have yet to receive results may be considered, but cannot begin employment until results are received.

The qualified candidate must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment with significant stress and frequently changing tasks and time-demands. The candidate must be open to supervision and training in the interest of professional growth and the development of advocacy skills. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, and the court. The candidate must be thorough, detail-oriented and possess excellent time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior defense experience, professional, post-graduate or clinical, is preferred, as is current VIDC certification. The ideal candidate has a background of public service and may have experience working directly with underprivileged people. Spanish fluency is not required but would be of substantial benefit to the Office.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a completed state application, resume, cover letter and references via one of the following methods: online at the Virginia State Job’s website, and search under Indigent Defense Commission, or use of the following quick link below,


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