Temporary Attorney – Public Defender’s Office

Temporary Attorney – Public Defender’s Office (Open Positions: 1)

Closes On: September 16, 2019 at 04:30 PM PST

Location: Public Defender’s Office, Bellingham, WA 98225
Department: Public Defender
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Status: Accepting Applications
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Job Summary
Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office is seeking a temporary attorney, October – December, 2019
Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office is seeking a temporary attorney to assist with its criminal defense caseload from October through December, 2019.
This position will primarily involve civil commitment representation (RCW 71.05) but may include the following:
Acts as court-appointed counsel representing individuals accused of misdemeanors or felonies in superior, district and juvenile courts.
Represents appointed clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing.
Responsible for the investigation and preparation of each case assigned.
Represents indigents in involuntary commitment proceedings and dependency proceedings.
Primary caseload consists of misdemeanor, juvenile, or felony cases based upon experience.
Assists management and other staff, as directed. Complies with legal standards and requirements.
This temporary position is funded through December 31, 2019 only.
Visit the Job Description Page to view more details about this specific job.

Must be a current member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association.
Criminal experience/civil commitment preferred
Spanish language fluency is desired
Background Check must meet County Criteria for criminal justice positions.
Must have a driving record that meets County standards and possess a valid driver’s license at time of hire and throughout employment.


$30.31 per hour.

Application Special Instructions
Please attach a resume and cover letter to your online application using the document upload area within the application.