City of Tucson


$29.99-$53.83 Hourly / $62,379.20-$111,966.40 Yearly
Salary Grade: 615

General Description

Performs professional legal work defending indigent clients charged with misdemeanor offenses in City Court including pretrial functions. Advises clients on a wide range of direct and collateral consequences of criminal prosecution.

Essential Functions

This is a lead position affording guidance to other positions performing similar tasks. This lead position also reviews workloads, assigns work and coaches employees with specialized instructions and practices. Lead personnel may contribute to other employees performance evaluations; assists with the hiring process by interviewing and making recommendations and providing input to supervisory staff.

Defends clients in City Court by attending hearings, notifying clients of court dates, arguing relevant issues and case law, presenting mitigating factors, conducting direct and cross examination of witnesses, making and meeting objections, and introducing evidence.

Performs pretrial functions by conducting client interviews, reviewing and evaluating evidence, researching legal issues and specific case issues, drafting legal documents, participating in plea negotiations, interviewing witnesses, and preparing cases for trial.

Performs administrative duties by directing staff, students, and volunteers, maintaining case calendar, scheduling and prioritizing cases, and coordinating interviews and subpoenas.

Presents documentation and other relevant information to appropriate individuals.

This position is distinguished from the lower class of Assistant Public Defender by serving as a resource, mentor and role model to other attorneys in this office as well as members of the private bar. Resource areas may include but are not limited to litigation including second chairing Jury and/or Bench trials, evidentiary/legal hearings, Appeals, Immigration, procedural questions for Specialty Courts and Superior Court.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Juris Doctorate

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years of criminal law experience involving criminal litigation

Special Job Requirements

Member of the Arizona State Bar Association

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


Other Information

FLSA Status: Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 05 

Occupational Group Description: Legal and Judicial 

EEO Job Category Code: B

EEO Job Category Description: Professionals

Organizational Level: Lead

NCCI: 8820

Bargaining Unit: No Representation

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Incidental

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: No

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 0643; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;