Public Defender Positions and Toledo Legal Aid Society Fellowship Program

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Job location
555 North Erie Street, Suite 248
Toledo, OH 43604
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Toledo Legal Aid Society
Street address: 
555 North Erie Street, Suite 248
City: 
Toledo
State: 
Ohio
ZIP: 
43604
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender- Lucas County Court of Common Pleas (One position available)
Division: Felony
Description: This attorney will be assigned to one courtroom and will provide representation for indigent defendants that have been charged with criminal offenses or community control violations. (Assistant Public Defenders may maintain a private practice but may not accept court appointed cases involving criminal and traffic matters in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas or a municipal court located in Lucas County, Ohio)
Salary: $26,000.00, plus health insurance and other benefits.

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender- Lucas County Court of Common Pleas (One position available)
Division: Drug Court
Description: This attorney will provide legal representation for defendants that are participating in the Drug Court. (Assistant Public Defenders may maintain a private practice but may not accept court appointed cases involving criminal and traffic matters in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas or a municipal court located in Lucas County, Ohio)
Salary: $23,000.00 to $26,000.00, plus health insurance and other benefits.

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender-Toledo Municipal Court
(Two positions available)
Division: Opportunity Project
Description: An attorney involved in this newly created project will be paired with a social worker/case manager. This initiative is designed to more effectively and efficiently represent clients with alcohol/drug dependency; mental health issues; and other needs when they are involved in the criminal justice system. Additionally, the Opportunity Project intends to measure whether an earlier identification of client needs and a more meaningful connection to behavioral health, and other, services can positively impact the outcome of a client’s case and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.
(Assistant Public Defenders may maintain a private practice but may not accept court appointed cases in criminal and traffic matters in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas or a municipal court located in Lucas County, Ohio)
Salary: $23,000.00, plus health insurance and other benefits.

Position Title: Toledo Legal Aid Society Fellowship Program (Four to six fellowships available)
Division: Felony and Misdemeanor (Combination)
Description: The Toledo Legal Aid Society Fellowship Program is a newly created program that is intended to provide meaningful training and experience for entry-level attorneys. Each Fellow will be paired with an attorney from the felony division and the misdemeanor division. This pairing will establish a mentoring relationship with an experienced attorney and provide a strong foundation for a career in criminal defense. Fellows will engage in client interviews; conduct arraignments and bond modification hearings; negotiate with prosecutors; research legal issues; participate in trials and suppression hearings; draft sentencing memorandum; and participate in sentencing hearings. To provide the most meaningful experience, each Fellow must be licensed to practice law in Ohio prior to beginning their fellowship. Notably, Fellows will gain valuable experience in representing clients in both felony and misdemeanor courts. Fellows will serve a two-year term and must work 20 hours each week in this capacity. Fellows are eligible to apply for permanent positions with Toledo Legal Aid Society and, ideally, it is hoped that successful participants will continue their careers with the office. (Fellowship program participants may maintain a private practice and may accept court appointments)
Compensation: $20,000.00

Requirements: 

Toledo Legal Aid Society provides high quality legal representation to indigent persons that are charged with the commission of criminal or traffic offenses for which the penalty includes the potential for loss of liberty.

Summary of Duties:
A successful candidate will interview clients and prospective witnesses; prepare or oversee the drafting and filing of legal briefs and motions; conduct legal research; represent misdemeanor or felony defendants in court arraignments, pretrial hearings, trials, sentencing hearings, and other proceedings.

Qualifications:
Candidates for the Assistant Public Defender positions must be licensed and in good standing with the Ohio Supreme Court. Graduates from an accredited college of law who are awaiting Ohio bar results will be considered for the fellowship program.

A successful candidate will devote the time necessary to provide quality representation to indigent clients and comply with performance standards. Assistant Public Defenders must have the experience required and listed in Ohio Administrative Code 120-1-10 and must adhere to the workload standards referenced in 120-1-07. The services shall be provided in a professional, skilled manner consistent with Chapter 120 of the Ohio Revised Code; Chapter 120 of the Ohio Administrative Code; the Canons of Ethics for attorneys in Ohio, and case law and applicable court rules defining the duties of counsel and the rights of defendants in criminal cases.

A successful candidate must have the ability to make regularly scheduled court appearances; conduct case evaluation, investigation, and preparation including, but not limited to, witness interviews, legal research, and motion preparation. Additionally, the candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with prosecutors, judges, other professionals, clients, and the general public. Further, the candidate must have the ability to manage a high volume caseload while maintaining adequate levels of communication and attention to individual clients and must possess excellent knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure, and the Rules of Evidence.

To apply: 

Send resume and cover letter electronically, by July 31, 2017, to:

Email: [email protected]
Subject: Attorney positions

Please indicate the position(s) for which you are applying.

Notes: 
We strive to create an environment that is welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from a diverse range of applicants, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability.
Submission deadline: 
Monday, July 31, 2017
Expiration date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018