Recruitment #2208-0640-001


The City of Tucson Public Defender's Office is seeking professional attorneys to perform professional legal work defending indigent clients charged with misdemeanor offenses in City Courts.

The City of Tucson offers a wide range of generous benefits for eligible employees.  Some of those benefits include: City-Wide Benefits
  • Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan. 

  • Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO. 

  • Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK. 

  • Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more. 

  • Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability. 

  • Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned. 


Your Security and Future 

  • Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably (Optional for appointed employees within first 90 days of employment). 

  • Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan. 

  • Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree.  


Your Peace of Mind
  • Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA. 

  • Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays). 

  • Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment. 

  • Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving. 

If you have a passion for serving our community, enjoy connecting with people (customers, community leaders or members of the public), and have experience in crisis communications, we encourage you to apply!


General Description

This position works under the supervision of more senior and experienced attorneys in the Public Defender's Office. The Assistant Public Defender advises indigent clients on a wide range of direct and collateral consequences of criminal prosecution and is responsible for all pretrial functions.

This position requires court coverage for other attorneys and is occasionally called to court for client assistance.

Essential Functions

Defend 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 objections, introducing evidence, and conducting legal hearings, evidentiary hearings, jury and/or bench trials.
Performs pretrial functions by conducting client interviews, reviewing and evaluating evidence, scene investigation, researching legal issues and specific case issues, drafting legal documents, participating in plea negotiations, interviewing witnesses, including in person jail interviews, 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.

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Juris Doctor

Minimum Experience Qualifications: Under 1 year of experience in criminal litigation

Arizona Bar License

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications stated above, the ideal candidate will also be Bilingual - English/Spanish.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.   

In-Person Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of December 5, 2022

    • Must be a member of AZ State Bar or have passed the AZ Bar exam and waiting for Letter of Character and Fitness, if an offer of employment is extended. 
Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as: 
  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview   
This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. Post list hiring interviews may be conducted prior to final selection.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must email your documents to when you are invited to the oral board interviews. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Ankita Bhargava at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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