Attorney - Portageville

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Attorney - Portageville

State of Missouri Portageville, Missouri, United States

Job Description:

Attorney - Portageville


The Missouri Public Defender System (MSPD) is dedicated to providing legal representation to citizens accused of or convicted of crimes in Missouri who cannot afford an attorney. MSPD operates statewide through district offices that are strategically located throughout the state, offering opportunities to work in diverse settings, from urban areas like Kansas City and St. Louis to more rural environments. With a team of about 700 professionals, including over 400 attorneys, MSPD handles diverse caseloads. Training is a top priority and MSPD ensures continuous professional development with distinguished, nationally recognized trial skills courses that equip public defenders for their commitment to justice.

As a Public Defender Trial Attorney at MSPD, you will be a crucial advocate for clients, ensuring they receive high-quality, zealous legal representation. You will represent clients throughout all phases of criminal matters in the state of Missouri. This role involves establishing professional relationships with clients, advising and counseling clients, conducting thorough case investigations, and appearing in court for scheduled dockets and appearances.

Job duties include:

Client Advocacy: Case Investigation: Communication and Transparency: Court Appearances: Legal Research and Document Preparation: Trial Preparation: Client Interests and Holistic Approach: Collaboration: Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

Licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, awaiting bar results, or transferring bar license from a different state. Passion for criminal defense and commitment to justice for indigent clients. Strong communication and advocacy skills. Ability to manage a diverse caseload with efficiency and attention to detail. Willingness to work in varied settings and adapt as necessary. Collaborative spirit to work effectively with support staff and legal team members. Openness to continuous learning and participation in training programs.

This is a full-time position based in Portageville. The successful candidate will receive competitive compensation and State of Missouri benefits that include a defined pension plan, generous amounts of leave and holiday time, and eligibility for health insurance coverage. Learn more about benefits at Your total compensation is more than the dollars you receive in your paycheck. To help demonstrate the value of working for the State of Missouri, we have created an interactive Total Compensation Calculator. This tool provides a comprehensive view of benefits and more that are offered to prospective employees. The Total Compensation Calculator and other applicant resources can be found .


60,000-87,396 per Year
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