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Jobs

Current Openings

Padilla Immigration Attorney

The Alameda County Public Defender’s Immigration Unit is seeking a Padilla Attorney. Please read the position description below for a detailed explanation of the minimum qualifications for candidates.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to Raha.Jorjani@acgov.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Padilla Immigration Attorney Position Description

Social Worker

The Alameda County Public Defender’s Office is seeking a Social Worker who is passionate about providing re-entry services and advocacy to felony clients. Please read the position description below for more details and submit your letter of interest via email to the Social Worker Hiring Committee at ACPDRecruitment@acgov.org no later than February 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Social Worker Position Description

Immigration Secretary (Legal Secretary)

The Immigration Representation Unit of the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender is seeking to hire a full-time Immigration Secretary to provide support to Public Defender Immigration Removal Defense Attorneys. Please read the position description below for a detailed explanation of the minimum qualifications for candidates. Must be fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish.

If you meet the qualifications for this position, please send a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to: Raha.Jorjani@acgov.org as soon as possible.

Immigration Secretary Position Description

Clean Slate Program Fellow

The Alameda County Public Defender's Office is seeking a Clean Slate Program Fellow. Under the supervision of an attorney, this position performs a variety of legal professional support functions designed to assist attorneys. Candidates should work well in a fast-paced, high-volume setting. The position involves direct client services, community outreach, and administrative support, such as petition creation. This is a contracted position with benefits. All applicants must possess the equivalent to graduation of a Bachelors degree at an accredited college or university (120 semester units/180 quarter units). Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. We strongly encourage individuals with prior contact with the criminal legal system to apply.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references addressed to Sue Ra, Recruitment Coordinator, at: acpdrecruitment@acgov.org.

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Job Descriptions

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 exam results.
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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