Founded in 1881, Cochise County is located in the southeastern corner of Arizona and is 6,219 square miles with a 2010 census population of 131,346. The mile-high city of Bisbee is the county seat where our residents enjoy some of the best weather in the nation and a high quality of life! Cochise County offers our employees a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System. For more information and to apply, click here!
The Legal Defender performs all duties involved in managing, overseeing, and administering the legal defense of indigent criminal defendants and juvenile dependencies in Cochise County. Performs case management and oversees the work of deputy legal defenders. Manages own caseload and diligently represents indigent defense clients. Performs other related duties as required or assigned. Reports to the Cochise County Administrator.
Essential Functions: As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.
Directs and supervises legal representation by attorneys;
Provides individual representation;
Formulates policy and develops procedures;
Supervises Deputy Legal Defenders and support staff;
Evaluates legal performance provided to clients and makes improvements when necessary;
Develops and maintains department budget;
Makes recommendations for disposition of indigent cases;
Approves expenditures on the defense of individual cases;
Serves on various criminal justice committees;
Assists judges with policy decisions
state criminal laws and procedures;
guidelines of effective representation;
the criminal justice system;
Supreme Court guidelines in trial procedures;
the principles and practices of trial practice;
ethics for trial attorneys;
the dynamics of human behavior;
courtroom trial procedures.
handling people in stressful and contentious situations;
analyzing issues and preparing recommendations based on findings.
communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public;
make complex decisions related to management of cases and trial practice;
ability to read, write and speak English;
In addition to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above, the ideal candidate for this role must:
Be a strong leader with strong interpersonal skills and good judgement;
Be a professional who understands and values employees and fosters their professional growth and development;
Be collaborative and customer-service oriented;
Have the highest level of personal integrity and honesty;
Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed under general supervision. Incumbent generally performs work in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.
Physical Requirements: Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body; involves sitting majority of time; walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met
Reasonable accommodations will be made for those able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.
A Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school and a member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing; a minimum of ten (10) years of criminal law practice with felony jury trial experience; preference may be given to individuals with experience in juvenile dependency; preference may be given to certified Criminal Law Specialists; OR, an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training which provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities of this classification; must possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Arizona driver's license.
Additional Salary Information: Cochise County offers a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System
About Cochise County
Founded in 1881, Cochise County is located in the southeastern corner of Arizona and is 6,219 square miles with a 2010 census population of 131,346. The mile-high city of Bisbee is the county seat where our residents enjoy some of the best weather in the nation and a high quality of life! Cochise County offers our employees a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System.