Assistant Public Defender

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Job location
630 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
County of El Dorado Office of the Public Defender
Street address: 
630 Main Street
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Under direction, assists in administering and coordinating specified phases of the work of the Public Defender's office; directs the day-to-day operation of a designated office; performs specialized and complex legal work in connection with the more significant, technical and/or complex issues in the defense of Public Defender clients.


  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards; provides input into the department's budget.
  • Assists in planning, organizing, administering, reviewing and evaluating the activities of professional and support staff; assists in the selection of staff and provides for their training and professional development.
  • Provides technical advice to attorneys; defends the more complex, difficult, sensitive and high penalty cases.
  • Serves as a staff defense attorney for court-referred clients.
  • Reviewing and/or preparing training materials and coordinates training activities for departmental attorneys.
  • Monitors legal developments including legislation and court decisions related to the defense of the public.
  • Represents the Public Defender's office in meetings with a variety of public and private groups and individuals.
  • Assists and advises County management in cases involving potential criminal prosecution.
  • Attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Where college degrees and/or college course credits are required, degrees and college units must be obtained from an accredited college or university. Courses from non-accredited institutions will not be evaluated for this requirement.

Equivalent to graduation from a college or university PLUS an appropriate law degree AND five years of experience in the active practice of law in the State of California which has included experience in the defense of court-referred clients and significant trial experience.

NOTE: The above qualifications are typically accepted way of obtaining the required knowledge and skills.
Must possess a valid driver's license. Must be a member in good standing of the California State Bar Association.

To apply: 


The County of El Dorado is conducting this recruitment to fill one (1) full time vacancy in Public Defender's Office located in Placerville, CA. It will also establish a list which may be used up to three months, to fill future full time, part time and extra help vacancies throughout the County. A Training and Experience Evaluation will be utilized to determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list. Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant's education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.
Salary range: 
56.69 - $68.91 Hourly $9,826.27 - $11,944.40 Monthly $117,915.20 - $143,332.80 Annually
Submission deadline: 
Sunday, March 13, 2016