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Temporary Community Support Docket - Public Defender

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Posting Details

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Posting Number 0620T
Position Title Temporary Community Support Docket - Public Defender
Department Municipal Court
Job Code 002
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation Unrepresented
Pay Grade
Job Description Summary

Perform the duties of a Public Defender for City of Columbia for the Community Support Docket, who are often homeless or veterans. The goal of this docket is to match available services in the community, so that defendants are less likely to come back to municipal court. The Public Defender will protect the legal rights of the defendant while finding creative and innovative solutions that lead to more potential positive outcomes for both the defendant and society.

Minimum Qualifications

Essential Functions:

•Represent defendant’s legal rights, and assist defendants in pretrial advocacy, trials as required and post plea/sentencing obligations.

•Confer with service providers, court staff and the City Prosecutor on assigned cases to seek more positive outcomes by matching clients with available services.

•Appear as directed for dockets, meetings with service providers, court staff and the City Prosecutor. Work diligently and be timely to resolve all cases.

•Other duties as assigned or required associated with the obligations or expansion of the Community Support Docket.

Education and Experience:

•Possession of a Juris Doctorate and a valid license to practice law in Missouri.

•Minimum of three years’ experience as a licensed attorney in the State of Missouri with experience in criminal law.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

•Thorough understanding of the theories and practices of Municipal law and criminal defense work.

•Ability to effectively communicate with defendants and service providers, court staff and the City Prosecutor in Municipal Court.

•Excellent advocacy skills and ability to utilize all information, available resources and services to maximize a client’s potential for success at all stages of the Municipal Court process.

Supervision Exercised


Starting Salary $25/hr
Open Until Filled Yes
Deadline to Apply
Number of Positions Available 1
Notice to Applicants Individuals needing accommodation to apply may call 573.874.7235



The City of Columbia participates in the federal E-Verify work authorization program
Special Instructions to Applicants

Variable, it is expected that it will be 10-30 hours per month and may increase. Some specific hours will be required, based on the docket schedule, meetings and associated obligations.

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Have you been employed by the City of Columbia, Missouri within 91 days?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * I certify that I have read and understand the City of Columbia, Missouri Re-Employment of Former City Employees policy?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. How did you hear about this job?
    • Newspaper - Boone County Journal
    • Newspaper - Columbia Daily Tribune
    • Newspaper - Jefferson City News Tribune
    • Newspaper - Kansas City Times
    • Newspaper - St. Louis Post Dispatch
    • Newspaper - The Employment Guide
    • Website - City of Columbia
    • Website - Careers in Government
    • Website -
    • Cable Channel
    • City Employee
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Missouri Municipal League
    • Radio Ad
    • TV Ad
    • Walk-In
    • Other (Please explain.)
  4. If you answered "Other (Please explain)", please enter how you learned about this job below.

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