Job Opportunity – Assistant Public Defender

San Carlos Apache Tribe
Assistant Public Defender, Public Defender’s Office
Closing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Responsibilities
As an Assistant Public Defender under the supervision of the Public Defender, the Assistant Public Defender shall represent without charge, criminal defendants, juvenile offenders, and parents and custodians in child welfare cases when appointed by the Tribal Court judges. The Assistant Public Defender will review applications and screen new cases to determine a plan of action. Shall appear and represent in the Tribe’s adult court as needed or assigned by the Chief Public Defender. The Assistant Public Defender shall provide all necessary legal services in the representation of criminals and juveniles at all pre-, present, and post-trial proceedings. Representation of juveniles will include matters of delinquencies, family in need and Guardian Ad Litem matters, but only in the interest of said child. Perform investigative inquiries as necessary to represent a client. Shall perform legal research and follow up on matters as assigned by the Public Defender. Shall prepare or assist in drafting and filing motions, memorandums of law, petitions and other legal documents. Recognize sensitive and complex issues relating to court cases and handle efficiently. Will be responsible in assisting with data collection and reporting to the Public Defender as assigned. Shall perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:
Basic Requirements:
Successful completion of a course of study in an accredited two (2) year college leading to an AA/AAS degree in Criminal Justice or closely related field. NOTE: Applicant must submit a copy of all college transcripts and/or degree to meet positive education requirements.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, candidates must have had two (2) years of specialized experience.

Specialized experience is experience in defending cases involving criminal law, Guardian Ad litem, child welfare and juvenile delinquency successfully OR a combination of education and training in a job related field. Examples of the type of experience that will be credited are shown above under “Duties and Responsibilities”.

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Deidre Antonio