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State Of Montana | Butte, MT
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Job Description


We provide effective professional legal services with equal access to quality client-centered representation.


As trained legal professionals we strive to represent our clients in an effective and efficient manner to ensure a more fair and balanced justice system.

We are dedicated and committed to improving overall outcomes for our clients and addressing the conditions that led to their involvement with the justice system.

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Job Description: Public Defenders represent indigent clients in cases including: felony and misdemeanor criminal charges; delinquent youth proceedings; involuntary mental health or developmental disability commitments; abuse and neglect proceedings; dependent/neglect matters; and guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, as described in the Montana Public Defender Act Title 47 http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0470/chapters_index.html.

Public Defenders are expected to exercise their own professional judgment and provide competent indigent defense casework pursuant to the Public Defender standards http://publicdefender.mt.gov/Resources/OPD-Practice-Standards, Case assignments are determined by the Regional Deputy Public Defender or Managing Attorney. Public Defenders duties include but are not limited to case investigation and strategy, discovery review, motion work, plea negotiations, trial preparation and completion, and sentencing.

The minimum requirements include a JD from an ABA accredited law school. Ideal candidates will include recent graduates or experienced attorneys who have a strong desire to work in indigent defense. Admission to the State Bar of Montana is required on date of hire.

To learn more about Admissions to the State Bar of Montana check out this web site at http://montanabar.site-ym.com/?page=AdmissionInfoWhen is the deadline to apply? The deadline for the February exam is October 1st and the deadline for the July exam is March 15th.

About State Of Montana

Founded in 1893, Montana State University - Bozeman has a national and international reputation for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, agriculture, architecture, education, engineering, health and human development, and nursing. With 12,135 students enrolled in 2003, MSU is an institution committed to making history by better positioning today's students for meaningful lives in the globalizing economy of the 21st century.