We are seeking Criminal Defense Attorney to work within the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel to represent adult defendants within the criminal justice system by organizing and maintaining each case from arrest through appeal. The Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel represents clients who cannot, due to a conflict of interest, be represented by the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office. The successful candidate will be a full-time employee; as such, no other contracts for employment to perform legal services will be permitted.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Organizing and maintaining cases from arrest through appeal, including appearing for all court hearings (including jury trials).
Drafting motions and correspondences for cases.
Preparing each case as required for full and competent representation of the client. This includes client contact, legal research and all preparations and pleadings.
Visiting adult criminal defendants in local jails and interacting with witnesses from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Familiarizing self with resources available for adult defendants, including drug/alcohol programs, sentencing alternatives, and other social programs
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to conduct online filing and research.
- Ability to work as part of a team and be able to contribute to a group, as well as have individual success.
Candidate must have graduated from an ABA accredited law school and be licensed to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania.
A cover letter and writing sample are required and should be submitted along with an application and resume.