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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Public Defender 2 - Sioux City in Sioux City, Iowa

Public Defender 2 - Sioux City

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Public Defender 2 - Sioux City


$72,155.20 - $111,092.80 Annually


Sioux City - 51101 - Woodbury County, IA

Job Type


Job Number



428 Department of Inspections, Appeals & Licensing - Public Defender

Opening Date


Closing Date

10/2/2023 11:59 PM Central

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Roberta Megel; 712-323-9115

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Job Description

Advocates for indigent clients in assigned cases at every stage of the criminal justice system at a trainee level. Appears and advocates in court at pre-trial hearings, bench or jury trials, sentencings, and other court hearings. Negotiates plea bargains, dismissals, or other disposition of assigned cases with prosecuting attorneys. Investigates facts and prepares defense for assigned cases to determine the merits of cases and appropriate course of action. Interviews, confers and advises clients on merits of appropriate course of actions, including seeking a dismissal, plea, or trial. Locates and interviews witnesses.

Conducts discovery, including depositions. Plans case strategy and prepares for trial. Maintains appropriate communication with client about status of the case and answers client questions. May direct work of investigators consistent with internal office policies. Identifies potential legal issues to advance client's case, research applicable law, and draft appropriate motions and briefs. Prepares by typing and printing various legal documents, including written arraignments, written guilty please, motions, briefs, letters, and other documents. Maintains client case files, prepares public defender time reports to the court, and closes files consistent with office policies.

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals & Licensing - Public Defender.

Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Graduation from an accredited law school, possession of a current license to practice law in the State of Iowa, and experience equal to two years of full-time work in professional legal criminal trial advocacy or prosecution.

  • Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes eighteen months of full?time work as a Public Defender 1.

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428 Department of Inspections, Appeals & Licensing - Public Defender


Lucas State Office Building, Fourth Floor

321 E 12th St

Des Moines, Iowa, 50319



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