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Public Defenders represent in court individuals who do not afford to hire an attorney. These experts provide free legal counsel to indigent people and their tasks include researching cases, doing paperwork, and protecting their clients regardless of their financial situation. A strong Public Defendant resume sample should emphasize extensive law knowledge, excellent communication skills and integrity. Minimal education requirements that need to be met by Public Defenders and showcased in their resumes are similar to those applying to any lawyer: owning a law degree from an accredited school and having passed the bar exam.

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1

Office of The 7th District Public Defender

  • Advocated for and sought resources for indigent defendants in the Anderson County criminal justice system.
  • Developed biopsychosocial assessment tool to enhance office awareness of entire person in environment.
  • Educated four attorneys, two investigators, and four front-office staff about the utility of Social Work to assist clientele.
Candidate Info
2
years in
workforce
8
months
at this job
BA
Sociology Minors
MA
Criminal Justice
MS
Science Social Work
2

Assistant Public Defender - Trial Attorney

  • Prepared felony criminal cases from start to disposition including cases involving complex litigation issues such as, child and expert testimonies, multiple defendants, technical scientific evidence.
  • Tried cases ranging from third-degree to life felonies, including insurance and credit card fraud, forgery and theft, trafficking and possession of drugs, burglary and robbery with a weapon, and capital sexual battery.
  • Conducted depositions, attended arraignments, drafted pleadings, negotiated pleas, reviewed warrants and affidavits to determine probable cause, and argue motions for pre and post trial.
  • Researched legal issues, drafted and argued motions to suppress, to dismiss, and to vacate, conducted pre-trial hearings, settlement restitution and discovery conferences.
  • First chair as a defense attorney in over 30 Jury trials.
Candidate Info
12
years in
workforce
11
years
at this job
BA
Philosophy
JD
Juris Doctor
3

First Assistant Public Defender

Defended indigent persons charged with criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, including capital cases

  • Handled a caseload of 80-100 cases at a time.
  • Managed cases through all phases of the judicial process from initial interviews with clients and witnesses, preliminary hearings, arraignments, pre-trial proceedings, plea negotiations, trials, sentencing, and appeals.
  • Deputized for the Chief Defender in his absence, supervising a professional and administrative staff of eight.
  • Represented the Office at various court, county, and community meetings and functions.
Candidate Info
16
years in
workforce
10
years
at this job
BA
English & Philosophy
JD
Juris Doctor
Public Policy Internship
4

Assistant Public Defender

  • Represented indigent defendants in criminal cases ranging from second degree misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life
  • Acted as the lead attorney on over 25 jury trials
  • Taken hundreds of depositions of police officers, forensic experts, and other witnesses
  • Prepared and given trainings to colleague attorneys on various legal issues
Candidate Info
14
years in
workforce
5
years
at this job
BA
Anthropology
JD
Juris Doctor
5

Public Defender Clerk

Answered phone calls and directed calls to appropriate parties or take messages.

  • Greeted visitors and determined whether they should be given access to specific individuals.
  • Performed general office duties, such as ordering supplies, maintaining records management of database systems, and performing basic bookkeeping work
  • Inputted Client Information
  • Filed and retrieved court documents, records, and reports
  • Open, sorted, and distributed incoming correspondence, including faxes and email
  • Corresponded with other Public Defender's Offices, and Client Families
  • Typed and e-filed Briefs, and Records
  • Set up Files for Court Appearances
  • Prepared invoices, reports, memos, letters, financial statements and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software
Candidate Info
20
years in
workforce
10
years
at this job
AS
Computer Engineering
6

Public Defender Clerk

Answered phone calls and directed calls to appropriate parties or take messages.

  • Greeted visitors and determined whether they should be given access to specific individuals.
  • Performed general office duties, such as ordering supplies, maintaining records management of database systems, and performing basic bookkeeping work
  • Inputted Client Information
  • Filed and retrieved court documents, records, and reports
  • Open, sorted, and distributed incoming correspondence, including faxes and email
  • Corresponded with other Public Defender's Offices, and Client Families
  • Typed and e-filed Briefs, and Records
  • Set up Files for Court Appearances
  • Prepared invoices, reports, memos, letters, financial statements and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software
Candidate Info
20
years in
workforce
10
years
at this job
AS
Computer Engineering
7

Assistant Public Defender

  • Manage all phases of over 500 felony cases and several hundred more misdemeanors and involuntary commitment cases within various courts’ scheduling deadlines
  • Extensive courtroom experience including arraignments, probation revocations, orally arguing motions, conducting voir dire, and all aspects of trial
  • Thoroughly and efficiently research legal issues, review discovery, analyze facts and writing motions, while using various information technology systems
  • Successfully negotiate plea agreements with opposing counsel after communicating with clients
  • Consistently established credibility and trust with judges, opposing counsel, experts and clients
Candidate Info
18
years in
workforce
8
years
at this job
BS
Economics
JD
Juris Doctor

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