Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel
THE COUNTY OF YAKIMA
YAKIMA COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
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 IDEAL CANDIDATE:
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.
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.
YAKIMA COUNTY BENEFITS:
THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
“AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER”
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