Social Worker II Position
The Alameda County Public Defender’s Office is currently seeking social workers passionate about providing re-entry services and advocacy to felony clients. Candidates must be highly motivated and show a commitment to working specifically with public defender clients. The social workers will be responsible for conducting interviews and needs assessments of primarily AB109 clients in order to develop re-entry service plans to assist in their return to the community. Social workers will work closely with the attorneys of the public defender’s office and collaboratively with other agencies to ensure that services are provided. Social workers will meet with and write assessments that will be given to district attorneys and judges in order to advocate on behalf of clients. This is a writing intensive position. Social workers will also assist in special assignments, including developing social histories for individuals facing long-term prison sentences for the purposes of future youthful offender parole hearings. Additionally, social workers will be expected to work with clients currently in prison for 15 years or more who are eligible for Franklin Hearings. Social workers will write reports for these clients, addressing youthful factors, which are reviewed by the California Parole Board during Youthful Offender Parole Hearings. A successful candidate is expected to develop strong collaborations with community-based agencies that provide services and have excellent writing skills. This is a provisional social worker position with a realignment specialty designation. Franklin Hearings will consume part of your caseload. Franklin reports require travel to prisons in California.
A full job description is available here: Social Worker II Job Description. If you meet the minimum requirements, please submit your resume and letter of interest no later than Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to the Social Worker Hiring Committee via email at ACPDRecruitment@acgov.org.
Entry Level Attorney Positions
Appointments to all vacant Associate Deputy Public Defender positions are made by the Public Defender from a
civil service hiring list prepared after an examination coordinated by the Alameda County Personnel Department.
The Personnel Department receives applications during an open period of 26 days. Applications for Associate Deputy
Public Defender are generally accepted once a year, from mid-November to mid-December following the summer bar
Associate Deputy Public Defender Job Description
All Associate Deputy Public Defenders initially work in a branch office where they are assigned cases of increasing difficulty. By the end of the third year most lawyers are assigned their first felony jury trial case load. After demonstrating proficiency in the trial of felony cases, Associate Deputy Public Defenders are promoted to the position of Deputy Public Defender. The Office provides ongoing in-house training for all attorneys; the Alameda County Public Defender is approved as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) by the State Bar of California.
Post-Bar Legal Assistant
Post-Bar Legal Assistants perform legal research and writing, conduct client intake interviews, litigate motions, conduct evidentiary hearings and assist attorneys in case preparation for trial or disposition. All legal assistants are compensated and must be certified under the Rules Governing the Practical Training of Law Students by the State Bar of California or admitted to the State Bar. Applications for post-bar legal assistants are accepted during On Campus Interviews and from July to December. All inquiries should be directed to: Alameda County Public Defender Recruitment Officer. Please include a cover letter, resume and writing sample.
Summer Law Clerk Positions
The Alameda County Public Defender’s Office offers law students the opportunity to gain the traditional experience in research and writing, as well as practical “hands on” experience of assisting Public Defenders in court. In general, law clerks perform legal research and writing, conduct client intake interviews, litigate motions, conduct evidentiary hearings and assist attorneys in case preparation for trial or disposition. All law clerk work is done under the supervision of a senior Public Defender attorney. Law students who are exploring a career in criminal defense work will find their experiences with the Alameda County Public Defender an invaluable step in their career development.
All law students seeking a position must have completed courses in Criminal Procedure and Evidence and must be eligible for certification under the Rules Governing the Practical Training of Law Students by the State Bar of California. Applications are accepted continuously, however the bulk are received during On Campus Interviews in the fall. All inquiries should be directed to: Alameda County Public Defender Recruitment Officer. Please include a cover letter, resume and writing sample.
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