Iowa Department of Administrative Services Public Defender 2 - Davenport in Davenport, Iowa

Public Defender 2 - Davenport



Public Defender 2 - Davenport


$65,104.00 - $100,235.20 Annually


Davenport - 52801 - Scott County, IA

Job Type



428 Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Office of the State Public Defender

Job Number



4/29/2018 11:59 PM Central

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Larry Johnson at 515-242-6158

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Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Office of the State Public Defender.

The Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Office of the State Public Defender is looking to fill a Public Defender 2 to assist the state. Candidate will advocate for indigent clients in assigned cases at every stage of the criminal justice system in more difficult cases. Appeals and advocates in court at pre-trial hearings, bench or jury trials, sentencings, and other court hearings. Negotiates plea bargains, dismissals, or other disposition of assigned cases with prosecuting attorneys. If designated and applicable: Advocates for indigent clients in assigned cases at every stage of juvenile court proceedings, including delinquency and child welfare (CINA and TPR) proceedings.

Appears and advocated in court at detention and shelter hearings, removal hearings, adjudicatory hearings, review hearings, dispositional hearings, review hearings, permanency hearings, termination trials, and other court hearings. Negotiates resolution of assigned cases with prosecuting attorneys. Investigates facts and prepares defense for assigned cases to determine the merits of cases and appropriate course of action in more difficult cases. Interviews, confers and advises clients on merits of appropriate court of actions, including seeking a dismissal, plea, or trial. Locates and interviews witnesses. Conducts discovery, including depositions. Plans case strategy and prepares for trial. Maintains appropriate communication with client about status of the case and answers client questions.

May direct work of investigators consistent with internal office policies. If designated and applicable: Attends family team meetings, conducts home or placement visits as appropriate. Identifies potential legal issues to advance client's case, research applicable law, and draft appropriate motions and briefs. Prepares by typing and printing various legal documents, including written arraignments, guardian ad litem reports, waivers, written guilty pleas, motions, briefs, letters, and other documents. Maintains client case files, prepares public defender time reports to the court, and closes files consistent with office policies.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Graduation from an accredited law school, possession of a current license to practice law in the State of Iowa, and experience equal to two years of full-time work in professional legal criminal trial advocacy or prosecution.

  • Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes eighteen months of full?time work as a Public Defender 1.

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