Assistant Public Defender I

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Job location
132 N. Royal Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) Alexandria Public Defender Office has an opening for an attorney, who is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney should be dedicated to providing compassionate, skilled and zealous representation to our clients. The attorney will handle trial and appellate cases. The VIDC is committed to providing quality legal services for indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses. The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Public Defender of the Alexandria Office and is employed at will.

Duties include handling trials, conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, as well as filing and litigating motions at all stages of the case. The attorney hired for this position will represent indigent clients who are being prosecuted for offenses charged in the state courts in Alexandria, as well as identifying and advancing appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients. The attorney will also handle appeals of cases to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Virginia Supreme Court. Attorneys with excellent Spanish language skills will handle the cases of clients who only speak Spanish, as well as English-speaking clients.


The position requires that the applicant be admitted to the Virginia State Bar on the start date. The start date will be on June 12, 2017. Knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence is required. The qualified candidate must have the ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, as well as master subject matter and prepare cases thoroughly. The applicant must also possess the skills necessary for effectiveness as a trial lawyer. The ability to learn and accept constructive criticism is important as well as the ability to respond quickly and effectively in addressing issues and questions. The qualified applicant will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as well as the ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments and manage time effectively. A valid driver’s license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Additionally, prior criminal defense experience is preferred. Spanish fluency is strongly preferred.

To apply: 

Applicants should submit a state application, resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to the link below:

Equal Opportunity Employer
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