Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel

is now accepting applications for
the position of


The mission of Yakima County government is to provide accessible, responsive and responsible public service through leadership and teamwork committed to understanding and meeting public needs. Yakima County Values: Integrity, Common Sense, Innovation, and Accountability.

Yakima County is large (4,200 square miles) and diverse. Residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine each year and four distinct seasons. Yakima County is ranked seventh nationally in the number of farms and is one of the top five areas in the nation for specialty crops. Its irrigated farmlands and rolling foothills provide a backdrop to the nearby Cascade Mountains. Seventy percent of the County’s 247,000 residents live in its fourteen cities, towns and urban growth areas. The unique blend of rural and urban lifestyle choices offer a quality of living unsurpassed in the Northwest. Check out the County’s website or www.visityakima.com for more information.

There is one opening for an attorney with Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel. Assignment and duties will depend on experience and the needs of the Department and are subject to change. Initial assignment will be in the Juvenile Court for representation of juveniles in offender proceedings and juveniles in ‘Becca’ proceedings . Applicants who have at least two years of prior experience and otherwise qualify for a position may be hired in either the Attorney I or Attorney II classification. The hiring salary range for the Attorney I classification $51,074 – $59,764 per year and the hiring range for the Attorney II classification is $63,460 to $74,744 per year. This position is “at will” and serves at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Assigned Counsel.

Essential Functions: Attorney I positions are given assignments and cases at the entry to moderate level of complexity and seriousness. Functions listed below are a representative sample.

Criminal Matters: Provides legal advice and representation for accused at in-custody arraignment proceedings. Responds to individuals arrested who wish to consult with an attorney at critical stages of proceedings, which may involve on-call rotation work. Interviews and confers with clients regarding facts, plea discussions, trial, sentencing and progress of case. Evaluates each case assessing its factual and legal sufficiency under the law at each stage of a criminal proceeding by reviewing police and other reports and analyzing all information available. Evaluates strengths, weaknesses and facts of each case for purposes of additional investigation, plea negotiations, development of case strategy and trial preparation. Coordinates or conduct case investigation for trial preparation as necessary. Arranges for tests of physical evidence, testimony of expert witnesses and interview or direct interviews of witnesses as required. Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations with opposing counsel and represent the interest of the client. Represents clients at preliminary appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, pleas of guilty, sentencing hearings and post-trial matters such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews/amendments. Conducts all trial actions, including: selection of jury, opening arguments, direct and cross examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, closing arguments and post trial motions.

Civil Matters: Represents clients at all stages of civil commitment proceedings, Involuntary Treatment Act hearings (mental), child support proceedings, paternity proceedings, contempt proceedings, child dependency proceeding, truancy and other ‘Becca’ proceedings, and drug forfeiture proceedings. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial preparation, settlement negotiations, pre-trial motions, trials and appeals as required. Performs other job-related duties as required.


The position requires a passion for the law and professionalism, and, a strong public service and customer service orientation. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with solid legal education and a record of achievement and integrity. The individual must be of the highest ethical character, accountable, honest and forthright; have a positive, business-like approach oriented toward problem resolution. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding communicator with strong interpersonal and organization skills who values team success as well as individual effectiveness.

Education and Experience Requirements: Admission to the Washington State Bar Association is required.

Yakima County is seeking candidates who have a solid knowledge of: legal research, writing and litigation techniques; laws of the State of Washington, rules of evidence and procedure, and Washington Court rules; ethical and professional responsibilities of an attorney.

Skill in: using a personal computer and related software applications; operating basic office equipment; managing time and prioritizing work under varying conditions; managing a substantial caseload of clients; maintaining confidentiality; communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, in a variety of settings, including litigation; analyzing and organizing materials for presentation during litigation; effectively advocating legal rights of indigents and complying with code of professional ethics; finding solutions to problems and making decisions within the scope of responsibility and the law; exercising sound judgment in consulting senior attorneys and supervisors; working individually and cooperatively as member of a team; establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with clients, co-workers, and other persons and agencies in the court system; working effectively with others under difficult and stressful circumstances.

Health Benefits: The County contributes up to $750/month toward medical/dental/vision/life insurance depending upon plan selection.
PTO (Paid Time Off): A Leave System to allow for 15 days annually to be used for vacation or illness.
Long Term Disability and AD&D Policies: An employee-paid long-term disability and accidental death and dismemberment insurance plan option.
Retirement: The County participates in the State’s Public Employment Retirement System (PERS).
Deferred Compensation: County employees can contribute to tax deferred plans to enhance their retirement and decrease their current taxable income.
Flexible Spending Accounts: An employee election to tax defer a dollar amount for residual out of pocket expenses for Health Care or for Dependent Care.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2014. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Those rating the highest on the evaluation screening will be scheduled for an interview. Applicants for this position may be considered for future Attorney positions that come open within 90 days of the closing of this recruitment. Applicants claiming veteran’s preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form. For further information and application forms, contact:

128 N. 2nd Street, Room B27


Yakima County ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of a person’s sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, creed, political belief, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other protected status under federal or state statute. Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment. Please contact Human Resources for further information. If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.co.yakima.wa.us. This will be the only method of status notification for this position.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request. Please contact Human Resources for further information.

Position: 20000848 (400-04) Posting: 904324