Rotating Supervising Attorney

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1441 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Street address: 
1441 Sansom Street
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

What You’ll Do
• Responsible for the directing attorneys, paralegals, and interns
• Serve as liaison between attorneys and Chiefs by keeping communication open between all parties
• Provide active hands-on and/or remote supervision and support to those unit attorneys both in /out of the courtroom
• Train and encourage unit attorneys in the use of effective organizational and time management skills
• Meet with unit attorneys weekly to review case prep, courtroom advocacy, return work, interviews, and referrals
• Promote communication between attorneys & other units to create positive interunit and office working environment
• Create and lead practical and useful trainings based on feedback and observations
• Coordinate and host morale boosting events for all members of the unit
• Review/evaluate a large number of initial interviews, referrals, and both preliminary hearing and trial files at various stages from arrest through completion
• Provide ongoing and constant feedback to unit attorneys
• Manage and maintain personal caseload with eye towards development of attorneys within unit
• Handle court lists regularly within schedule as needed
• Assist in the development & implementation of a unified and comprehensive training program for attorneys at all
• Participate in management trainings as requested to build individual skill levels
• Assist the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs with attorney reviews and annual performance evaluations of attorneys
• Encourage positive communication and ongoing collaboration among the unit
• Support a work environment that enhances the professional development of all unit staff
• Initiate unit-wide trainings to improve the overall knowledge and performance of all staff
• Create and maintain a harmonious and professional team-oriented work environment
• Assist the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs with supervision and training of the paralegals regarding conflicts, interviewing, investigations, and etc.
• Assist the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs with supervision and training of any interns in the unit

Benefits & Perks
• Very generous and rich benefits plan with many employer paid benefit
• Substantial paid time off
• 401(b) with Employer Match
• Meaningful & Impactful Work
• Growth Opportunities
• Ongoing Training and Development of You

Who is the Defender Association?
The Defender Association of Philadelphia is more than just a law firm. We’re the community’s lawyers. The Defender team – more than 500 attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrators, and other staff – make sure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to high-quality defense when facing criminal charges. Our mission-driven, client-centered model focuses on outcomes that support a system that is fundamentally fair and creates safer, stronger communities. Follow us @PhilllyDefenders (Twitter, Instagram & TikTok) and on LinkedIn.

The Defender Association provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Defender Association complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


• Juris Doctor degree and admission to the PA Bar
• Minimum 3 years Defender experience
• Completed Jury ready/Jury Demand rotation preferred
• Significant knowledge of the law and procedures in the representation of MC clients
• Experience in or demonstrated interest in training, teaching or mentoring
• Ability to maintain confidentiality consistent with HR policy and procedure
• Ability to adapt to changing administrative needs of MC and the Defender Association
• Ability to work extended hours when needed
• Must be able to travel to courtrooms, local and statewide prisons/facilities if needed
• Requires full Covid vaccination or approved exemption request

To apply: 

How to Apply:
Please apply online via our website and include cover letter and resume

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Based on experience
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2023