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Below is a link to current job openings with SCCID.  Available positions may include staff attorneys, appellate defense attorneys, and administrative personnel. Internships and fellowships may also be available periodically.  Also linked below may be information regarding other indigent-defense-related positions elsewhere in South Carolina such as public defenders at the county level.

 

Not all job opportunities are listed here.  Local public-defender attorney and support-staff positions are posted at the county level, so please check the various county websites for any openings near you. You may also check the South Carolina state jobs site at careers.sc.gov for other employment opportunities at the state level.

 

SCCID is an equal opportunity employer.

 

VETERAN'S HIRING PREFERENCE:  The State of South Carolina gives hiring preference to honorably discharged members of the United States Armed Forces.  For complete information and requirements, CLICK HERE.

 

 

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Assistant Public Defender - 4th Circuit (Darlington County Office)

05.13.2021

 

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER

FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Position:                        Assistant Public Defender (Full-time)

Location:                       Darlington County Office

Application Deadline:   June 30, 2022 5:00PM

 

The 4th Circuit Public Defender’s Office is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Public Defender. The 4th Circuit Public Defender’s Office was created by the Indigent Defense Act of 2007, to provide representation for indigent defendants charged with crimes in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, and Marlboro counties of South Carolina.

 

Job Description and Qualifications: The Assistant Public Defender (APD) will provide every aspect of legal representation to persons charged with state crimes who, because of indigence, cannot obtain counsel to represent them. Duties of the APD include representation of clients in trials and court hearings, client and witness interviews, investigation, analysis of the strength of cases, development of mitigation and defenses, case negotiation, community outreach, and related job duties as assigned by a supervisor.

 

Candidate must:

* Be a member of the SC Bar, in good standing

* Have completed all SC Rule 403 requirements

* Possess proficient computer skills

* Possess excellent written and oral communication skills

* Be able to conduct legal research and possess the ability to analyze cases and legal opinions

* Have a strong work ethic and be committed to the service of public defense

* Be a US Citizen or eligible to work in the United States

 

Salary: $50,000 + benefits

 

Application Information: Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest/cover letter and resume, by email (in PDF format) or standard mail to:

 

Nathan R. Scales

4th Circuit Public Defender Office

122 N. MacArthur Avenue

Dillon, South Carolina 29536

Email: circuit4pdscales@att.net

 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 5:00 PM EDT,

Thursday, June 30, 2022.

 

The 4th Circuit Public Defender’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jobs with SCCID

01.07.2022

To view and apply for positions currently available with the Office of Indigent Defense, the Office of Appellate Defense, and the Capital Division, CLICK HERE.

Administrative Assistant, Office of Appellate Defense

03.14.2022
Opening Date:  Position Open
 
Salary:  $32,000.00 Annually
 
Location:  Richland County, SC
 
Job Type:  Full-Time
 
Application Deadline:  3/18/2022 11:59 PM Eastern
 
Agency Specific Application Procedures:  CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE
 
Job Responsibilities

 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:  OFFICE OF APPELLATE DEFENSE
Under the supervision of the Administrative Coordinator, perform legal secretarial and administrative duties including, but not limited to: 

  • Compose and prepare correspondence, documents, and other materials as assigned by respective attorneys. 
  •  Maintain current knowledge of regulations and formats required for legal documents. 
  • Proofread documents to verify accuracy and completeness of citations and references for legal correspondence and documents. 
  • Maintain calendars for respective attorneys of scheduled appointments, conferences and hearings. 
  • Maintain calendars for deadlines to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for filings of pleadings. 
  • Must be completely familiar with time requirements set on each case by the Courts and take full responsibility for informing designated attorneys of these deadlines. 
  • Must give adequate notice to the attorney in order to ensure completion of filings before the applicable deadlines. 
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment, including computer word processing software and case management database. 
  • Maintain daily tickler systems and complete set-up and maintenance of filing systems for assigned cases. 
  • Communicate with Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

 

Minimum and Additional Requirements

 

  • High school diploma
  • Command of the English language with strong comprehension and writing skills
  • Proficient keyboarding skills
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision. 
  • A valid driver's license

 

Preferred Qualifications

 

  • Associate's Degree or Technical College Degree in Secretarial Science, Legal Administrative Assistant, or similar field
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal terminology and legal documents
  • Work experience in a law office or other legal environment

Assistant Public Defender - Richland County

04.19.2022

The Richland County Public Defender Office is looking for dedicated people interested in public service.

As a Public Defender, you will represent indigent individuals charged with criminal offenses in Richland County, serving the community by guaranteeing the fundamental right to counsel.  You can expect to spend a lot of time in the courtroom where you’ll try criminal cases, argue motions, and negotiate plea bargains. To prepare for your duties in court, you will participate in case investigation including investigating crime scenes, interviewing witnesses and victims, examining evidence, researching legal issues, evaluating and preparing witnesses for trial, and assisting in jury selection.  In addition to your daily work as a Public Defender, you’ll also have opportunities to attend professional conferences, trainings, seminars, and workshops, and to give presentations to various community and civic organizations.

Join us in the essential and rewarding work of serving the public!

 

Apply Online: https://bit.ly/3vtokzd

 

For more information contact: Patrick Kelly – kelly.patrick@richlandcountysc.gov

 

Requirements:

Requires Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Must possess and maintain current membership in the S.C. Bar Association.

Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

Salary Band:

$49,937.04

 

Assistant Public Defender - Attorney I - 11th Circuit Public Defender Office

08.31.2022

Salary Range:

 

$53,043.18

Minimum Requirements:

 

Minimum Education - Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.

 

Minimum Qualifications - Member of the South Carolina Bar in good standing (Will accept applications from graduates awaiting results of the July 2022 bar exam)

Description:

 

The Eleventh Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking applications for Attorney I positions in its Lexington County office. Applicants must be able to appreciate the obstacles that our clients face, including disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and generational poverty.

Applicants should be prepared to build relationships with clients, participate in investigation of witnesses and physical evidence, perform legal research, negotiate with prosecutors, analyze cases and develop trial strategies, and spend significant time in the courtroom litigating cases through motions and trials.

Applicants should have strong research skills and be able to communicate effectively. They should have a strong work ethic and be willing to work as a team along with other lawyers.

The public defender’s office encourages its lawyers to attend Continuing Legal Education events in the field of criminal law and covers the cost of these events.

The County of Lexington offers competitive benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance; life insurance; participation in the state retirement plan; and access to the county wellness center. The public defender’s office follows the County of Lexington’s annual leave and vacation policies. This is a full-time position.

Application Deadline:

 

09/22/2022

Apply Online:

 

https://www.lex-co.com/Applications/HROnline/PUBLIC/VACANCYLISTING.ASPX

Assistant Public Defender - Attorney III - 11th Circuit Public Defender

08.31.2022

Salary Range:

 

$74,395.59 (minimum - salary negotiable based on experience.)

Minimum Requirements:

 

Minimum Education - Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school

 

Minimum Qualifications - Member of the South Carolina Bar in good standing. Must have completed all Rule 403 requirements.

Description:

 

The Eleventh Circuit Public Defender’s Office is seeking applications for Attorney III positions in its Lexington County office. We are looking for lawyers with trial experience to represent indigent clients with serious felony charges. Applicant must be able to appreciate the obstacles that our clients face, including disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and generational poverty.

Applicants should be prepared to build relationships with clients, participate in investigation of witnesses and physical evidence, perform legal research, negotiate with prosecutors, analyze cases and develop trial strategies, and spend significant time in the courtroom litigating cases through motions and trials.

Applicants should have strong research skills and be able to communicate effectively. They should have a strong work ethic and be willing to work as a team along with other lawyers.

The public defender’s office encourages its lawyers to attend Continuing Legal Education events in the field of criminal law and covers the cost of these events.

The County of Lexington offers competitive benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance; life insurance; participation in the state retirement plan; and access to the county wellness center. The public defender’s office follows the County of Lexington’s annual leave and vacation policies. This is a full-time position.

Application Deadline:

 

09/22/2022

Apply Online:

 

https://www.lex-co.com/Applications/HROnline/PUBLIC/VACANCYLISTING.ASPX