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The University of Washington School of Law is seeking a part time (60% FTE) Staff Attorney. This recruitment is open to UW School of Law employees only.
As part of the Native American Law Center at UW School of Law, the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic (TCPDC) partners with the Tulalip Tribes to serve as the primary public defender in criminal cases filed in their Tribal Court. The purpose of the position of part-time Staff Attorney is to provide in person support to the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic (TCPDC) team by staffing the Tulalip Tribal Court office and appearing in court during court calendars where the full time public defenders are engaged in teaching related activities.
The part-time Staff Attorney is integral to maintaining the continuity of representation for Tulalip Tribal Court clients. The TCPDC represents indigent Native American defendants who have been charged with crimes and who qualify for court-appointed counsel in the Tulalip Tribal Court. The TCPDC is the primary public defender for the Tulalip Tribal Court.
The position of part-time Staff Attorney requires the ability to exercise independent judgment, maintain client confidences, and to exercise discretion when representing persons charged in the Tulalip Tribal Court. The position requires the ability to vigorously advocate on behalf of the client during Tulalip Tribal Court hearings. Timeliness, strong communication and negotiation skills are essential. The position requires regular attention to detail, record keeping and communication with the TCPDC team.
The Staff Attorney’s primary responsibilities in representing the interests of adults charged with criminal offenses in the Tulalip Tribal Court will include:
Providing representation for Clinic clients and summer coverage for cases handled by Clinic students and faculty.
Serving as a resource to Clinic faculty, legal staff, students and interns.
Conducting case evaluation, applying legal principles to fact patterns, and representing clients charged with crimes in the Tulalip Tribal Court at a variety of hearings, which include First Appearance/Arraignment, Pre-Trial and Trial Readiness Jury Trials, and Sentencing.
Working with Clinic faculty and staff to conduct case evaluation and legal analysis utilizing tribal criminal law principles.
Attending Clinic staff meetings and participating in the analysis of cases, the discussion of various legal and practice issues.
Providing other additional services as necessary to maintain the continuity of representation for Tulalip Tribal Court clients.
Traveling to local correctional facilities and conducting jail visits with incarcerated clients as part of case evaluation and preparation for court hearings.
Conducting case management for the Clinic by utilizing specialized legal knowledge to manage workflow and meet the Clinic’s needs and requirements. Working with Clinic staff to coordinate and improve case intake, management practices and procedures, maintaining internal case databases, and supporting students and staff to comply with case management best practices.
Independently managing client communications, conducting case outreach activities, and assisting in providing updates and other information to faculty, students and clients.
Working with Clinic staff to manage the conflict check system by applying applicable rules of professional conduct in evaluating potential conflicts, coordinating and improving conflicts and ethics management practices and procedures, maintaining internal conflicts databases, and supporting students and staff in complying with ethical requirements established by the Tulalip Tribes and Washington State Bar Association.
File Maintenance and Record Keeping
Preparing and filing documents in compliance with current filing requirements in compliance with applicable law and court rules, and maintaining hard copy and electronic files and databases.
Admission to the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) or current license to practice law by any jurisdiction in the United States that applies appropriate professional licensing standards and effectively ensures the competence and professional responsibility of its licensed attorneys AND the ability to apply for and receive admission to WSBA within 6 months of hiring.
Admission to the Tulalip Tribal Court Bar or the ability to sit for the Tulalip Bar within 30 days of hire.
A strong educational background in criminal law preferably through a criminal defense clinical law program and/or a minimum of two years of criminal defense practice in a public defender office (Tribal, State or Federal).
Ability to work with or to learn a variety of software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and proprietary case management systems such as Amicus Attorney and Odyssey.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
A strong educational or experiential background in Indian Law and/or Tribal Court practice experience.
A demonstrated history of working with diverse clientele.
Work experience within or in service to tribal communities.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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