Overview

About the Position
If you want to help others, be intellectually challenged, and live up to your potential, then apply to be an Attorney with Public Advocate!

We’re looking for a great oral communicator, team player, and an expert in conducting legal research. As an Attorney, you’ll represent indigent clients when appointed by the court and prepare cases for the defense, including but not limited to, presenting such cases in all phases of court proceedings.

NOTE: This position is located at 570 W. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85201

About the Office of Public Advocate
The Office of the Public Advocate seeks professionals, both attorneys, and legal staff members, to join our legal defense team!

We’re committed to the mission of protecting the fundamental rights of our clients. We’re dedicated to providing effective legal representation to all indigent persons, those individuals who are not able to afford the services of private lawyers, when appointed by the Maricopa County Superior Court: juveniles charged with criminal offenses, parents, and children in dependency and severance matters (loss of parental rights), and people facing court-ordered mental health evaluation and treatment.

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

Education

  • Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.

Other Requirements
  • License to practice law and member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona.
  • Applications will be accepted from candidates who have passed the Arizona bar examination, or those transferring UBE scores, and are awaiting admission to the bar, but such candidates cannot be hired until admitted.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver’s license by time of hire.

Our Preferred Candidate has
  • Two (2) years of experience working with civil commitment proceedings (Rule 11 and Title 36).
  • Appears in court, represents clients at scheduled hearings and trials.
  • Presents oral arguments as appropriate in support of clients’ legal interests.
  • Researches facts and analyzes legal issues using both computerized and printed legal research tools.
  • Composes motions, briefs, correspondence, and other legal documents.
  • Prepares cases for trial by interviewing witnesses, visiting crime scenes, and other case-related locations. Reviews evidence on- and off-site.
  • Discusses and presents an analysis of legal issues to clients, court personnel, and related individuals.
  • Communicates in person and by phone with clients, opposing counsel, co-workers, supervisors, and others.
  • Travels to courts, jails, detention centers, and correctional facilities to effectively represent clients.
  • Attends Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Working Conditions
The job requires the ability to work with traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.), interruptions, time pressure, high volumes of work, handling multiple or complicated tasks, unscheduled tasks, frequently changing tasks, accuracy, decision making, concentration/vigilance, teamwork, working in close physical proximity with others, public contact, and overtime/rotating shifts may be a common occurrence. May be required to lift 15-25 pounds from floor to waist; 15 pounds waist to shoulder or shoulder to overhead; carry 15-25 pounds a distance of 100 feet or push/pull 100 pounds a distance of 100 feet. Work requires travel to and from job-related locations a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding the use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business.

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to the midpoint of the range, based on relevant experience, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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