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7660 - Attorney - Unclassified (Public Defense Services)

at Pima County

Posted: 9/14/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2309748
Categories: Legal
Keywords: legal, contracts, law

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Overall Job Objective

Position Description

THIS RECRUITMENT IS TO ESTABLISH A REGISTER for current and future ATTORNEY UNCLASSIFIED vacancies which serves all levels/assignments of Attorney in the Pima County Public Defense Services Department (Public Defender; Parent's Dependency; Juvenile Delinquency; Legal Defender; Office of Children's Counsel; Mental Health Defender; Public Fiduciary).

Salary Grade: U3

Coordinates and conducts professional legal work in areas such as the Office of the Pima County Attorney, Public Defender, Public Fiduciary, or Special Counsel.  Incumbents may be generalists or specialize in the area of law as related to the assignment. This classification is appointed, unclassified and exempt from the Pima County Merit System Rules.

For more information about the Public Defense Services Department, please visit their website at:



(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Prosecutes or defends a variety of criminal cases in Justice Court, Juvenile Court, Superior Court and Appellate Courts;
Represents County departments, boards and commissions in civil litigation and administrative matters;
Engages in negotiations for compromise and settlement of cases;
Engages in pretrial, trial, post-trial and appellate practice as required by cases;
Researches legal questions;
Prepares ordinances, resolutions, contracts and leases for consideration by county officials;
Prepares legal opinions and advises county officials on a variety of legal matters;
Acts in a fiduciary capacity on guardianship and/or conservatorship matters;
Engages in probate administration;
Researches and drafts legal motions;
Prepares pleadings, briefs and other legal documents;
Reviews and evaluates investigative reports;
Participates in investigations;
Supervises clerical, investigative and/or legal staff.
Knowledge of:

  • civil and criminal law;
  • rules of civil and criminal procedures and rules of evidence;
  • legal research;
  • legal ethics.
 Skill in:
  • analyzing legal documents and instruments;
  • preparing opinions and drafting legal documents;
  • presenting and arguing cases in court;
  • developing and maintaining effective working relationships with others;
  • communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited school of law.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and CertificatesAdmission to the Arizona State Bar at time of appointment. Valid driver license is required at time of application.  Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Risk Management's review and approval of the candidate's driving record. 

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