Virginia Defenders- Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is excited to announce the opportunity to be on the front lines of what many consider to be the modern-day Civil Rights Movement-criminal justice and justice reform. This is a unique platform to develop and pursue social change and impact the lives of clients. The IDC’s Chesterfield Public Defender Office is seeking an experienced, dynamic criminal defense attorney who will serve our mission of protecting and defending the rights and dignity of clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. The Deputy Public Defender reports to the Chief Public Defender of the Chesterfield Office and is employed at-will.

Duties:
Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions, and litigating motions. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts and identifying appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients. The Deputy will serve as a role model for client-centered representation and collaborative office culture. This position includes assisting the Chief Public Defender in supervising and training attorneys. Duties of the Deputy position also include serving as the acting Chief Public Defender in the absence of the Chief Public Defender, oversight of defense teamwork by providing direction and guidance for case preparation, trial strategies, client contacts and communications, plea negotiation, appellate practice, and sentencing advocacy. Additional duties include working with the Chief Public Defender to ensure that attorneys and staff receive appropriate training and continuing education, and to ensure all attorneys receive and maintain certification for court appointments and fully comply with the Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel, submitting input and carefully managing the office budget, and preparing and ensuring all required administrative reports and documentation are timely submitted

The IDC is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our workforce and staff. We encourage and welcome qualified applicants of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

Minimum Requirements: 
Juris Doctor (J.D) and Virginia State Bar admission or eligibility for admission by waiver, extensive criminal litigation experience, comprehensive knowledge of Virginia Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and the Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel is required.
The qualified applicant will be well-organized and communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Teamwork is highly valued in this office, and the qualified applicant will have demonstrated proficiency in working with others as a member of the criminal defense team to achieve successful outcomes for clients.
Applicants must have demonstrated history and proficiency with leadership, management, and mentoring capabilities, and have four or more years of experience as a criminal defense attorney.
Applicants should have specific training and certification in representing children in delinquent cases in the juvenile court as well as in circuit court.
Applicants should have experience mentoring younger attorneys in representing youth and providing training to other attorneys who work in juvenile courts around the state.
Applicants should have experience developing professional relationships with other attorneys across the state and nationally on youth defense advocacy.
Applicants should have experience working with restorative justice programs.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate competency by being highly organized.
Applicants should be familiar with services in the Chesterfield area and have a demonstrated ability to work with other community stakeholders to advance services for our clients.
A valid driver’s license and the means to travel to all courts and regional jails is required.

Additional Considerations

Significant and recent experience working in a public defender office will be strongly considered.

Requirements
Job Contact
Ashley Washington
804-662-7249 recruiting@vadefenders.org