ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
See Position Description
Posted
Nov 30, 2021
Closes
Jan 04, 2022
Ref
9603-22A-CWA-HQ
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
A career in prosecution is designed for attorneys dedicated to public service and who are committed to the ideals of public safety and justice. The Commonwealth Attorney's Office is committed to transformative justice in the promotion of effective and evidence-based diversion programs, racial justice, and victim services. Working in a major metropolitan area's prosecutor's office offers an attorney a broad spectrum of experience, while working in an office of 20 attorneys and about 20 support staff (including victim witness professionals) provides ample opportunities for collaboration, discussion, and comradery. The crimes prosecuted range from DUI to aggravated assaults, complex fraud investigations, rapes, and murders. The Office is responsible for both adult and juvenile prosecutions.

The Commonwealth Attorney's Office for Arlington County is seeking to fill multiple Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney vacancies at various levels depending upon experience. These positions perform a wide range of prosecutorial duties, including: evaluating the merits of criminal cases, preparing them for trial, and advocating in the best interests of the Commonwealth.

There are three levels for the Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney positions and the main duties for all three include:

  • Preparing for and prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases;
  • Identifying appropriate cases for diversion programs and specialty courts;
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with multiple law enforcement agencies, the community and non-profits by attending in community events and participating in Community Advisory Board;
  • Acting as liaison between Office and law enforcement and system partners by providing support role to law enforcement in investigation of crimes;
  • Preparing and providing discovery;
  • Reviewing and redacting body worn camera footage;
  • Preparing and arguing bond motions;
  • Researching, preparing, and litigating various pre-trial motions;
  • Conducting preliminary hearings;
  • Negotiating case dispositions;
  • Conducting both bench and jury trials;
  • Providing victim support and coordinating with the victim witness team;
  • Participating in development of intern programs; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

In addition to the duties listed above an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney II specific duties include:

  • Participating in training programs for less experienced attorneys;
  • Assisting in training of law enforcement on legal issues; and
  • Preparing legislative updates for Office and law enforcement agencies.

The Assistant Commonwealth Attorney III is a senior level trial lawyer responsible for independently prosecuting complex, serious, and/or sensitive criminal cases. The employee determines the method of prosecution including potential case negotiations, plea agreements, and sentencing requests; prepares for court by researching legal issues, reviewing facts, studying scientific reports, and interviewing witnesses; prepares related papers including appellate briefs; maintains contact with the public, and with those involved in the case. In addition, an employee at this level may have collateral duties which may include administering a specialized program, providing primary liaison to a particular County, State or Federal program/agency, or being assigned to a specialized area of law. Extensive training and mentoring duties are included.

Selection Criteria
Minimum for the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney I, II and III:

  • Completion of the requirements for graduation with a JD in law from an accredited college or university, and membership in the Virginia State Bar; and
  • One to three years' experience in law enforcement or courtroom experience, including legal research and writing. Experience prosecuting complex felony trials is helpful.

Additional requirements for the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney II:

  • Three years' experience in law enforcement or courtroom experience including trial, legal research, and clerk experience. Experience prosecuting complex felony trials is helpful; and
  • Extensive knowledge of Virginia law, including knowledge needed for and membership in the Virginia State Bar.

Additional requirements for the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney III:

  • Three years progressively responsible experience as a practicing attorney including trial experience with complex felony cases, legal research and legal writing; and
  • Extensive knowledge of Virginia law, including knowledge needed for and membership to the Virginia State Bar.

The ideal candidate for Assistant Commonwealth Attorney I, II and III must have the following;

  • Reading comprehension to read complex legal materials;
  • Writing skills to compose and edit reports, proposals, procedures, policies, recommendations, etc.;
  • Interpersonal skills to resolve complaints, maintain liaison, and speak in public;
  • Problem solving skill to define problems and collect relevant information to prosecute cases successfully, including capacity to analyze and resolve complex issues; and
  • Extensive knowledge of Virginia law, rules of evidence, court rules and procedure, and U.S. Supreme Court rulings regarding criminal law and procedure.

Special Requirements
Please attach a resume to the on-line application and a cover letter (or provide your response in the supplemental question) that describes why you are interested in the position in Arlington. Be sure to detail your accomplishments in the areas outlined in the minimum and desirable qualifications to include: (a) your professional level experience as a practicing trial lawyer working in a courtroom setting or as a judicial clerk; (b) criminal trial prosecution experience; and/or (c) prosecuting complex, serious, and/or sensitive criminal misdemeanor and/or felony cases or other cases.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or willingness to use alternative modes of transportation. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. An offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

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