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The County of Los Angeles DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER I in Los Angeles, California

DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER I

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DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER I

Salary

$5,856.64 - $7,892.64 Monthly

Location

Los Angeles County, CA

Job Type

Full time

Department

PUBLIC DEFENDER

Job Number

L9246G

Closing

1/29/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position/Program Information

EXAM NUMBER

L9246G

We are accepting applications from Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) until

Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PST).

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT

OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY

SPECIAL SALARY INFORMATION:

The starting salary of successful appointees is Step 6 of the salary range, $7,475.64.

DEFINITION:

Performs beginning level legal work required in representing the defense in criminal cases accepted by or assigned to the Public Defender.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:

Positions allocable to this class receive close supervision from higher level attorney personnel in the performance of their duties. Positions in this class are characterized by the performance of the less difficult legal tasks involved in the defense of criminal cases accepted by or assigned to the Public Defender. The Deputy Public Defender I is rotated through a variety of developmental assignments to prepare the attorney for progression to handling misdemeanor cases of average difficulty or the less difficult felony cases.

Essential Job Functions

Represents indigent defendants at various stages of a criminal case (e.g., arraignment, preliminary hearing and other hearings, pre-trial motions, trial of a misdemeanor case, etc.) by writing legal motions (e.g., pretrial, in limine, continuances, dismissals, bail review, new trials, etc.); arguing motions in court; engaging in negotiation discussions with judges, prosecutors, etc.; listening to information presented at trial and comparing it to pretrial information; making objections at hearings or at trial; cross-examining and examining witnesses to defend the client; presenting witness and evidence on behalf of the client; and preparing closing arguments to persuade the trier of fact of the merits of the case in order to protect the client's constitutional rights (e.g., right to counsel, right to a trial, etc.); find inconsistencies in witnesses' statements; and advise clients of the appropriate course of action to be taken in their defense.

Interviews a variety of individuals (e.g., prospective clients, clients, witnesses, family members, expert witnesses, etc.) regarding criminal case matters by researching and reviewing pertinent information (e.g., witness statements, court documents, transcripts, police reports, etc.), putting the interviewee at ease and building rapport, communicating and comprehending information both verbally and in writing, and using effective interviewing techniques in order to determine eligibility (e.g., financial, conflict) for representation; gather important information for cases, resolution, and legal documents; find inconsistencies between witness testimony and accounts; and decide what defense strategies are most viable leading to positive outcomes for the client (e.g., acquittal, dismissal, reduction, etc.).

Advises clients at each stage of the case by initially discussing the alleged crime with the client; reviewing witness statements, police reports, etc. with the client and explaining legal or technical terminology in layman's terms; evaluating the strength or weakness of the case; and discussing possible actions to take in court and evaluating alternatives; in order to ensure that the client understands the legal process as it pertains to his/her case; and provide a recommendation regarding what is in the client's best interest (e.g., trial, plead, or other alternative resolutions, such as diversion).

Prepares criminal cases by conducting legal research (e.g., reviewing case law and statutes); examining legal documents (e.g., briefs, pleadings, subpoenas, etc.); reviewing electronic evidence; preparing investigation requests; preparing, drafting, and reviewing legal documents, motions, and correspondences; maintaining and properly documenting case files; appointing and utilizing expert witnesses; interviewing and preparing witnesses; and preparing questions to ask potential jurors; in order to effectively represent clients; and decide what defense strategies are most viable leading to positive outcomes for the client (e.g., acquittal, dismissal, reduction, etc.).

Confers with a variety of individuals (e.g., defense team, law enforcement, judges, prosecutorial agencies, etc.) by meeting and discussing details of a client's court case; presenting a clear and persuasive case on behalf of the client; and working with neutral or opposing parties to find common ground in order to gather important case information; negotiate case resolutions; and determine the best course of action that should be taken on behalf of the client.

Requirements

LICENSE:

Admission to practice law in all courts in California.

To be considered for this examination, you must submit proof of meeting the California State Bar requirements. Acceptable documents are:

  • A photocopy of your current/valid California State Bar Card -OR-

  • A photocopy of a letter from the California State Bar that specifically states you have achieved a passing score on the California State Bar Examination -and- that you have satisfied ALL of the requirements for admission to practice law at the time of filing. All correspondence must be on the California State Bar letterhead. We will not accept any other form/letter of result notification (e.g., printout from the Internet).

You may submit your supporting documents at the time of online filing OR you may email the supporting documents to exams@pubdef.lacounty.gov within 10 calendar days from the date of application. Please include exam number and title in the subject line of your email. Failure to provide the required documentation within the specified time frame will result in disqualification.

LAW GRADUATES WITH PROVISIONAL LICENSES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS EXAMINATION.

OTHER LICENSE REQUIREMENT:

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS:

2 - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT:

You must be a United States Citizen at the time of appointment to the position of Deputy Public Defender I.

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT

This examination will consist of a multiple-choice test, weighted 100%. The multiple-choice test will assess Verbal Ability, Deductive Reasoning, Professional Potential, Achievement, Working Relationships, Analyzing Information, Learning Quickly, Generating New Ideas, Using Time Efficiently, Working to High Quality Standards, Adapting to Change, Coping with Uncertainty, Willingness to Learn, and Responsibility.

The multiple-choice test is not reviewable by candidates per Civil Service Rule 7.19. Candidates must meet the requirements and receive a passing score of 70% or higher in order to be placed on the Eligible List. Candidates receiving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their score group for a period of six (6) months following the date of promulgation.

Please note: Test Invitation Letters and other correspondence will be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid e-mail address. Please add Exams@pubdef.lacounty.gov, arocha@hr.lacounty.gov, and info@governmentjobs.com to your e-mail address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent e-mail notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail.

Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notification to be a valid reason for late test administration or rescheduling of a test component.

Notice of Non-Acceptance and Final Result letters will be sent electronically to your e-mail address. Test scores cannot be given over the telephone.

TRANSFER OF SCORES:

Applicants that have taken identical test part(s) for other exams within the last twelve (12) months, will have their multiple choice test responses for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination. This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Your score will be transferred to the new examination and you may not be allowed to re-take any identical test parts for at least twelve (12) months.

TEST PREPARATION:

Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.lacounty.gov/. Please click on Find a Job, then click on Job Search Toolkit. You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to http://www.shldirect.com/en/practice-tests/. While test study guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials that you deem necessary.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:

If you pass the written assessment and meet the license requirements, we will place your results on an eligible list. Your results will be valid on the eligible list for a period of six (6) months.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, how recent the offense(s) is/are, and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

VACANCY INFORMATION:

The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Office of Public Defender as they occur.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. WE MUST RECEIVE YOUR APPLICATION BY 5:00 P.M., PST, ON THE LAST DAY OF FILING. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX, OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also

track the status of your application using this web site.

If you are unable to attach the required documents at the time of filing, email the

documents to exams@pubdef.lacounty.gov. Please include the exam number and exam title.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you

have clearly shown that you meet the REQUIREMENTS. If your application is incomplete, it

will be rejected.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made. FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT. Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires

that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD

All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a

family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application

record.

ADA Coordinator Email: grodil@pubdef.lacounty.gov

Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099

Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922

Department Contact Name: Jenny Gomez

Department Contact Phone: (213) 974-2960

Department Contact Email: exams@pubdef.lacounty.gov

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01

The information you provide on this supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and used to determine your eligibility to participate in the next phase of the examination process. Please be as specific as possible and include all information as requested. Comments such as "see resume or application" will not be considered as a response. Please note that all information is subject to verification at any time in the examination and hiring process. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or dismissal.

  • I understand the above information and instructions.

02

Do you have current admission to practice law in all courts in California?

  • Yes, and I have attached a photocopy of my California State Bar Card to my application or will send a photocopy of my California State Bar Card to exams@pubdef.lacounty.gov.

  • Yes, I have attached a photocopy or will send a photocopy of a letter from the California State Bar that specifically states you have achieved a passing score on the California State Bar Examination -and- that you have satisfied ALL of the requirements for admission to practice law at the time of filing. The correspondence submitted is on California State Bar letterhead.

  • I DO NOT have current admission to practice law in all courts in California.

03

To ensure your admission to practice law in all courts in the State of California, please provide your Bar Number in the space provided. If you do not have a California State Bar Number, please write "NA".

04

All supporting documentation including proof of admission to practice law in the State of California must be submitted within 10 days of filing your application. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in disqualification.

  • I understand the above information and instructions.

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County of Los Angeles

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Website

http://hr.lacounty.gov

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