Job ID: 178479314

Job Summary
Employment Type
Full Time
Years Experience
1 - 3 years
$30k+ Annual
Job Description

FLSA                                        Exempt-Professional

REPORTS TO                          Senior Arizona Managing Attorney

BROAD PURPOSE                                                                                                                                                      

Under general supervision of the Hopi Public Defender, performs work of considerable difficulty both in the conduct and supervision of public defense work. Supervisory and management position responsible for directing a comprehensive range of attorney and support personnel who provide legal services to public defender clients.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES                                                                                                                                        

  • Serves as litigator of persons assigned in Hopi Court; Trail Preparation, Litigation Support;
  • Interviews clients and witnesses;
  • Criminal law court experience;
  • Prepares or oversees the drafting of briefs, memoranda, pleadings or other legal papers;
  • Conducts or directs legal research, writing, and investigation;
  • Maintain a case management system, record case notes for each client, communicate with staff, record outcomes and complete proper case documentation.

Supervision duties:

  • Assists in the supervision and administration of employees and offices;
  • Participates in decisions regarding the hiring, disciplining or the termination of employees under her / his supervision;
  • Supervises and evaluates the work of attorneys and support personnel;
  • Assists in developing, revising and implementing local procedures for the Hopi Public Defender Office;
  • Receives and responds to inquiries from the public concerning the activities of the Hopi Public Defender Office and its employees;
  • Receives and responds to complaints from clients and makes decisions on resolution of complaints in consultation with the DNA Executive Director and Senior Managing Attorney;
  • Assigns cases to insure an even distribution of the workload;
  • Works to resolve court scheduling issues and conflict assignments;
  • Recommends appeals of court rulings;
  • Interviews, trains, mentors and evaluates assigned employees;
  • Maintains liaison with court administration, judges and other managing attorneys;
  • Undertakes related additional duties and assignments as required by the Hopi Court;
  • Attend staff meetings, legal team meetings, and other program meetings as assigned;
  • Keep abreast of changes in the law and participate in identified trainings to further legal knowledge and skills;
  • Experience with use of Westlaw;
  • Perform other duties as the position requires or as assigned by the Executive Director or the Supervising Attorney.


  • JD from an accredited law school.
  • Admission to the Bar of the State of Arizona.
  • Five years’ experience as a practicing attorney in the area of criminal law.
  • Prior administrative experience.
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DNA People's Legal Services, Inc.

DNA is an acronym for the Navajo phrase Dinébe’iiná Náhiilna be Agha’diit’ahii which means “attorneys who work for the economic revitalization of The People”. DNA People’s Legal Services is a 7 office, nonprofit law firm in the Southwestern United States that provides free civil legal services to low-income people who otherwise could not afford...
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