Iowa Department of Administrative Services Public Defender 1 - Council Bluffs in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Public Defender 1 - Council Bluffs



Public Defender 1 - Council Bluffs


$52,520.00 - $79,934.40 Annually


Council Bluffs - 51503 - Pottawattamie County, IA

Job Type



428 Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Office of the State Public Defender

Job Number



3/28/2019 11:59 PM Central

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Jeff Wright at 515-242-6158

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Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Office of the State Public Defender.

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Office of the State Public Defender is looking to fill an Public Defender 1 to assist the state.

The successful candidate will advocate for indigent clients in assigned cases at every stage of the criminal justice system at a trainee level. Appears and advocates in court at pre-trial hearings, bench or jury trials, sentencing, and other court hearings. Negotiates plea bargains, dismissals, or other disposition of assigned cases with prosecuting attorneys. Investigates facts and prepares defense for assigned cases to determine the merits of cases and appropriate course of action. Interviews, confers and advises clients on merits of appropriate course of actions, including seeking a dismissal, plea, or trial. Locates and interviews witnesses.

Candidate will conduct discovery, including depositions. Plans case strategy and prepares for trial. Maintains appropriate communication with client about status of the case and answers client questions. May direct work of investigators consistent with internal office policies. Identifies potential legal issues to advance client's case, research applicable law, and draft appropriate motions and briefs. Prepares by typing and printing various legal documents, including written arraignments, written guilty please, motions, briefs, letters, and other documents. Maintains client case files, prepares public defender time reports to the court, and closes files consistent with office policies.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and possess a current license to practice law in the State of Iowa prior to commencing employment in positions in this job classification.

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