County: Berks

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Provides legal representation for indigent persons at Summary Hearings, Preliminary Hearings, Mental Health Hearings, State Parole Violation Hearings, Appeals, and Juvenile Court. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Essential Functions 1. Represent* Public Defender Clients at Summary Hearings; 2. Represent* Public Defender Clients at Preliminary Hearings; 3. Represent* Public Defender Clients at Mental Health Hearings; 4. Represent* Public Defender Clients at State Parole Violations; 5. Prepares appellate briefs, and argues appellate issues before Appeals Court; 6. Represent* Public Defender Clients in Juvenile Court. * Representation includes meeting clients, evaluating case and evidence, providing advice to client, negotiation with police and District Attorney’s Office as well as conducting hearings. 7. Physical presence required in the office Non-Essential Functions 1. Filing documents and client files; 2. Miscellaneous typing and data entry. MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 1. Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited Law School; 2. Admission to the Pennsylvania Bar. 3. Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 1. General knowledge of Pennsylvania Criminal Law; and 2. Ability to use Windows based computer programs; 3. Possess good problem solving and organization abilities; and 4. Possess good oratory and decision making skills; and 5. Excellent interpersonal skills; and 6. Ability to work independently. WORKING ENVIRONMENT: May be called from time to time to go to Berks County Prison, State Prisons, as well as meet with in-custody clients. This position description serves as a guideline for communicating the essential functions and other information about the position to the applicant/employee. It is not intended to create a binding employment contract nor cover every detail of the position and may be changed where appropriate.

Deadline Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Suzette Melendez

633 Court Street, 8th Floor Reading PA 19601-4310

(610) 478-6118