Assistant Public Defender IV

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Rhode Island Public Defender
160 Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Rhode Island Public Defender
Street address: 
160 Pine Street
Rhode Island
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 


Representation of indigent defendants and respondents in all cases assigned. Representation may include, depending upon the area of specialty, intake processing, collection of background information concerning the client and offense, interviewing clients and witnesses, case investigation, preparation for court proceedings, legal research and writing, and any other representation functions. Representation also includes maintaining frequent contact and a good working relationship with client, and thorough knowledge of up-to-date and relevant law and procedure.


Maintaining accurate and complete files with entries made in a timely manner, and providing such reporting as may be required. Current and thorough knowledge of corrections and community treatment programs and other resources for clients. Participating in periodic evaluations. Periodic preparation of documents supporting office programs and funding. Participating in public defender training and community programs. Intake interviews and financial eligibility determinations as required.

SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Entry level position, working under the direct supervision of unit or division head, with such latitude for the exercise of initiative and independent judgment as is inherent in the representation of clients assigned. Work is reviewed and evaluated periodically; close supervision on a daily basis is provided commensurate with experience and skills.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: With respect to representation in individual cases, plans, organizes, coordinates, directs and reviews the work of professional assistants, investigators, social workers, and administrative support staff assigned to assist.



KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws; a thorough knowledge of the problems inherent in the criminal justice field; the ability to act as advisor and/or counselor to clients assigned; the ability to meet and deal effectively with officials of the State, Court, or local prosecution; the ability to conduct special research projects; the ability to prepare detailed factual reports; and related capacities and abilities.


Education: Such as may have been gained through graduation from a law school of recognized standing, and

Experience: Such as may have been gained through employment as a practicing attorney or previous experience in a responsible position in a related field.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: A graduate law degree comparable to a J.D. from an accredited law school; Admission to a State Bar, or eligibility for waived admission. Candidates who are members of the bar of the highest judicial court of any state or federal district or territory and are eligible under RI Supreme Court Rules, Article II Rule 2(b) will also be considered.

To apply: 

Email cover letter, resume and writing sample to Anne Amaral at: [email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$59,421 - $67,119
Submission deadline: 
Monday, May 22, 2017