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JOB OPENING -Assistant Appellate Defender Posted Aug 16, 2022

OFFICE OF APPELLATE DEFENSE
Agency: Commission on Indigent Defense
Location: 1330 Lady Street, Suite 401, Columbia, SC 29201
Position: Assistant Appellate Defender
Job status: Full-time position
State salary range: $43,030.00 – $79,616.00 annually
Agency hiring range – minimum: $55,000.00
Agency hiring range – maximum: $75,000.00
Normal work schedule: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Status: Open until filled

Duties: The Assistant Appellate Defender represents clients convicted of crimes in the general sessions court on direct appeal before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. The Assistant Appellate Defender also represents clients on appeal in post-conviction relief actions. In addition, assistant appellate defenders represent clients civilly committed as sexually violent predators on appeal following their jury trial. Assistant appellate defenders also represent clients in general sessions court when their cases are remanded by the appellate court during the course of their appeal.

Selection criteria: All applicants must have a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school, be admitted as members of the South Carolina Bar in good standing. The successful applicant must have excellent writing skills.

The successful applicant also must be able to argue persuasively during oral arguments in the appellate courts, and effectively represent the client during remand hearings in the court of general sessions.

Status: Open until filled.

Link to apply: Job Bulletin (governmentjobs.com)

JOB OPENING -Assistant Appellate Defender

 OFFICE OF APPELLATE DEFENSE 
Agency: Commission on Indigent Defense 
Location: 1330 Lady Street, Suite 401, Columbia, SC 29201 
Position: Assistant Appellate Defender 
Job status: Full-time position 
State salary range: $43,030.00 – $79,616.00 annually 
Agency hiring range – minimum: $55,000.00 
Agency hiring range – maximum: $75,000.00 
Normal work schedule: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 
Status: Open until filled 

Duties: The Assistant Appellate Defender represents clients convicted of crimes in general sessions court on direct appeal before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. The Assistant Appellate Defender also represents clients on appeal in post-conviction relief actions. In addition, assistant appellate defenders represent clients civilly committed as sexually violent predators on appeal following their jury trial. Assistant appellate defenders also represent clients in general sessions court when their cases are remanded by the appellate court during the course of their appeal. 

Selection criteria: All applicants must have a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school, be admitted as members of the South Carolina Bar in good standing with all Rule 403, SCACR, requirements accomplished at the time the application is submitted. The successful applicant must have excellent writing skills. The successful applicant also must be able to argue persuasively during oral arguments in the appellate courts, and effectively represent the client during remand hearings in the court of general sessions. 

Status: Open until filled. 

Link to apply: Job Bulletin (governmentjobs.com) 

JOB OPENING -Assistant Public Defender (Full-time)

Position: Assistant Public Defender (Full-time)
Locations: Anderson & Oconee County Offices
Application Deadline: June 3, 2022 5:00PM

The 10th Circuit Public Defender’s Office is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Public Defender. The 10th Circuit Public Defender’s Office was created by the Indigent Defense Act of 2007 to provide representation for indigent defendants charged with crimes in Anderson and Oconee counties of South Carolina.

Job Description and Qualifications: The Assistant Public Defender (APD) will provide every aspect of legal representation to persons charged with crimes who cannot afford to obtain counsel. Duties of the APD include representation of clients in trials and court hearings, client and witness interviews, investigation, cases analysis, development of mitigation and defenses, case negotiation, legal research, and related job duties as assigned by a supervisor. In addition to daily work as an APD, there are opportunities to attend professional conferences, trainings, seminars, and workshops, and to give presentations to various community and civic organizations.

Application Information: Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest/cover letter and resume, by email (in PDF format) or standard mail to:

Jennifer L. Johnson
10th Circuit Public Defender
500 S. McDuffie St.
Anderson, SC 29624
jljohnson@andersconcountysc.org

Candidate must:

* Be a member of the SC Bar, in good standing or be eligible for membership within six (6) months of hiring
* Possess proficient computer skills
* Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
* Be able to conduct legal research and possess the ability to analyze cases and legal opinions
* Have a strong work ethic and be committed to the service of public defense
* Be a US Citizen or eligible to work in the United States
* Possess a valid state driver’s license

JOB OPENING - Assistant Public Defender Calhoun County

The 1st Circuit Public Defender Office is accepting applications for an Assistant Public Defender in Calhoun County.

This is a contract position available for a term of six (6) months to twelve (12) months depending on the mutually agreed upon term between the attorney and the First Circuit Public Defender. The attorney can maintain a private practice but would be restricted from handling criminal defense clients in Calhoun County. This is an excellent opportunity to expand and develop a criminal practice in the attorney’s office.

Job Description and Qualifications:

The Assistant Public Defender will provide every aspect of legal representation to persons charged with a state crime and who, because of indigence, cannot afford to retain an attorney. Duties include trials, court hearings, bond hearings, probation matters, client and witness interviews, investigation, mitigation and defenses, case negotiation, community outreach, and related job duties. The candidate accepted for this job will be joining a strong criminal defense team in the First Circuit Public Defender. The team includes an investigator and a sentencing/mitigation specialist.

Candidate Must:

* Be a member of the SC Bar, in good standing
* At least 3-5 years of criminal practice experience
* Possess proficient computer skills
* Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
* Be able to conduct legal research and possess the ability to analyze cases and legal opinions
* Have a strong work ethic and be committed to the service of public defense
* Be a US citizen or eligible to work in the United States

Salary and Benefits:
Salary Commensurate with experience. Please send all inquires and resumes to marilynm@1stcircuitpd.com

JOB OPENING - ATTORNEY POSITIONS (Richland County and Kershaw County)

Richland County and Kershaw County have openings for Attorney positions for
all levels of experience. Please send resume to Fielding Pringle at
pringle.fielding@richlandcountysc.gov

https://sc-richlandcounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/JobDetail.aspx?enc=QPQDK

 

JOB OPENING - LAURENS COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER

The 8th Judicial Circuit is comprised of 4 counties: Newberry, Greenwood, Laurens, and Abbeville.

Job duties and responsibilities include maintaining a caseload of both misdemeanors and felonies, going to the jail to visit clients, and being in the courtroom for hearings, pleas, bonds, and jury trials. The successful applicant will be able to work independently, be a quick study, and be driven to the cause of the mission of indigent defense. We are a fun group of people to work with and the position offers excellent full benefits.

Interested applicants should email their resume and references to Circuit Defender, Chelsea McNeill, at cmcneill@8thcircuitpublicdefender.org.

The successful applicant can start immediately. Deadline to apply is May 10, 2022.

JOB OPENING - GREENWOOD COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER

The 8th Judicial Circuit is comprised of 4 counties: Newberry, Greenwood, Laurens, and Abbeville. 

Job duties and responsibilities include maintaining a caseload of both misdemeanors and felonies, going to the jail to visit clients, and being in the courtroom for hearings, pleas, bonds, and jury trials. The successful applicant will be able to work independently, be a quick study, and be driven to the cause of the mission of indigent defense. We are a fun group of people to work with and the position offers excellent full benefits.

Interested applicants should email their resume and references to Circuit Defender, Chelsea McNeill, at cmcneill@8thcircuitpublicdefender.org.

The successful applicant can start immediately. Deadline to apply is May 10, 2022.

JOB OPENING - RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER

Location: Richland County Judicial Center, Columbia, SC 29201
Department: Public Defender
Division: Public Defender
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Rate of Pay: $49,937.04 – $69,911.86
Status: Open Until Filled

Job Description
The purpose of the class is to represent indigent adults and juveniles
charged with less serious criminal offenses in Richland County.

Presents and argues cases in court as assigned; prepares and tries
criminal cases; prepares and argues motions; negotiates plea bargains on
behalf of criminally charged clients, represents indigent clients
charged with crimes at preliminary hearings; participates in case
investigation including crime scene investigation, interviews witnesses
and victims, and examines evidence; researches legal issues, evaluates
and prepares witnesses for trial; selects juries, etc.

Requires Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. Must possess
and maintain current membership in the S.C. Bar Association. Must
possess a valid state driver’s license. No experience required.

Link to apply: https://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Home/Careers ,
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JOB OPENING – Charleston County - Licensed Trial Lawyer

The Charleston County Public Defender’s Office has an opening for a licensed
trial lawyer. $67,787 /yr. to start. Must want to litigate. Send resume to
Ashley Pennington – apennington@charlestoncounty.org

JOB OPENING – ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER - OFFICE OF THE 14TH CIRCUIT PUBLIC DEFENDER

ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER: The Assistant Public Defender will handle all General Session charges, will provide legal services to indigent defendants who are facing the possibility of jail, will provide legal assistance to assigned clients, answer questions, and provide information in person and via calls.

Minimum Requirements:

• A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
• Member of the South Carolina Bar
• Ability to work in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:

• Must have a good attitude, common sense, and an eagerness to handle a variety of cases
• Must be able to work well with a team including legal assistants, investigators, and other co-workers
• Must be organized and be able to work independently in meeting deadlines
• Must have excellent criminal court experience
• Must be able to utilize and learn case management software
• Requires excellent written and oral advocacy skills

OPEN UNTIL FILLED
SALARY: $65,000 annually

Amber Adams
Executive Assistant/Paralegal for the
14th Circuit Public Defender’s Office
1905 Duke Street, Room 210
P.O. Box 525
Beaufort, SC 29901
Office:803-914-2242
Fax: 803-914-2244

JOB OPENING – ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 22-01 ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA COLUMBIA, SC
FULL-TIME POSITION
The Federal Public Defender, District of South Carolina, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender, based in the Columbia Office. The Federal Public Defender organization operates under the dauthority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. §3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts.

Requirements. Applicants are preferred to have at least one year of criminal trial experience and be licensed to practice in the District of South Carolina. The position may require travel throughout the district, some overnight travel, out of district training, irregular work hours, or working weekends and holidays when necessary. Applicants must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an IRS tax check and an FBI name and fingerprint check.

Duties. The Assistant Federal Public Defender represents clients charged with federal criminal offenses and clients involved in other matters covered under the Criminal Justice Act. The position requires travel for investigation, litigation, and training. Federal public defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Selection Criteria. The successful applicant must have a capacity for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for personal and professional integrity. Applicants must also communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court personnel as part of employment. Experience in handling federal criminal cases is preferred. All qualified attorneys are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disabling condition.

Salary. $75,000 with experience

Submission by electronic PDF format may be sent to: jonathan_freeman@fd.org. All emailed documents must be in PDF format. Other electronic forms will not be considered.

Open until filled.

No telephone, fax, or e-mail inquiries.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | Columbia, SC

South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | Columbia, SC

Mailing Address

PO Box 8353
Columbia, SC 29202

Physical Address

1122 Lady Street, Suite 1102
Columbia, SC 29201

 

 

Call Us

803-929-0110

 

Email Us

Kitty Sutton - Executive Director
ksutton@scacdl.org