Job Title: Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney I
Open Date: 02/11/2020
Close Date: Until Filled
FSLA Status: FT/Exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience - Starting $55,000
Benefits: Health/Dental/Vision, Virginia Retirement system, Hybrid Paid Time Off
To Apply: Cover letter, Resume, and References to firstname.lastname@example.org
As entry-level professional work in the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney I’s are assigned a combination of cases to include misdemeanor offense in the General District Court level and less serious felony cases at the Circuit Court level.
DISTINGUISING CHARACTERISTICS OF POSITION
Depending on level of experience, assignments for Attorney I(s) generally include the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in General District Court (DUI, traffic offenses, and simple drug possession), and the prosecution of less serious felony cases to include non-violent crimes (property crimes, petit and grand larceny, forgery and uttering, etc.). An entry level attorney holding this position will be expected to prepare and prosecute misdemeanor cases primarily in the general district court, conduct legal research and argument for hearings, compose appellate briefs, advise local law enforcement agencies and work closely with victim/witness advocates. Due to the high caseload, the attorney must be organized, work efficiently, be flexible, and be able to think in his or her feet in busy and time-pressured situations.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney I(s) require closer supervision than any other level of attorney and are initially granted limited discretion and judgement in handling litigation and communicating with the public and other criminal justice agencies. As experience, knowledge, and skills are obtained and developed, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney I(s) are expected to assume increasing responsibility, including more difficult and complex cases. The employees in this class work under the close Supervision of a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
- Prepares cases for prosecution, presenting the Commonwealth’s case through the questioning of witnesses and the introduction of relevant exhibits; argues motions, objections, and sentences related to assigned cases
- Conducts conferences with members of the defense bar to provide discovery in assigned cases
- Reviews case files to determine necessary witnesses for trials and hearings, assuring that all required witnesses are subpoenaed to appear as required
- Conducts preliminary hearings on felony matters, reviewing cases for presentation to the Grand Jury for indictment
- Proposes plea agreements with specific terms and conditions of sentencing appropriate to the assigned case (subject to approval of supervisor)
- Conducts bond hearings for incarcerated defendants, making recommendations regarding bonds to the Court in misdemeanor and felony matters
- Assists other attorneys in conducting legal research and preparing legal briefs and memoranda
- Maintains accurate files, documents in writing all actions related to a case and providing sufficient justification to support these actions
- Records disposition and status of all cases so that administrative personnel may enter data into the case management system in a timely and accurate manner
- Works on special projects as assigned to include participation in community engagement events
Education: Graduation from a law school of recognized standing with a J.D. Eligibility to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia by membership in the Virginia State Bar.
Desired candidate possesses the ability to:
- Communicate effectively and professionally with law enforcement personnel, expert witnesses, and lay witnesses
- Effectively address with sensitivity the needs of victims of crime
- Work proficiently in a collaborative, team environment
- Engage people of various social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds
- Maintain a fast-paced workload/docket while keeping case files and workplace organized
- Prepare and present cases before a trial court in a short period of time
- Establish and maintain constructive, effective and professional relationships with fellow attorneys, public officials, judicial officers and the public
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Basic knowledge of the law of evidence and criminal procedure, Virginia common law, Virginia statutes, and appellate law related to criminal prosecution; knowledge of the principles and techniques of preparing for and prosecuting cases; skill in conducting legal research; ability to prepare cases for prosecution with guidance; ability to present cases through the questioning of witnesses and introduction of relevant evidence; ability to argue motions, objections, and sentences; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with judges, attorneys, law enforcement officials, witnesses, and members of the general public.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS
Juris Doctorate Degree, licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, must possess satisfactory results of a criminal background check.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The majority of work for this position is performed in a normal office environment, with frequent appearances in a courtroom setting.