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Clark County


The Clark County Special Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Public Defender (Special PD). The position will be responsible for representing the Office of the Special Public Defender by providing entry and journey level professional legal services in complex criminal cases. This position assists senior level trial attorneys with preparation of motions and other documents for capital, murder, and Category A felony cases; fact investigation; mitigation investigation; conducting hearings and trials; and representing clients at every stage of the proceedings. Incumbents are fully knowledgeable of Court proceedings and the application of laws. The work will vary, depending upon the areas assigned; assignments are complex and require the application of seasoned judgment, technical proficiency and latitude in completion of casework.

This examination will establish an Open Competitive Eligibility list to fill current and/or future vacancies that may occur within the next six (6) months or may be extended as needed by Human Resources.

Human Resources reserves the right to call only the most qualified applicants to the selection process.

Resume required. Applications submitted without a copy of the candidate’s resume are incomplete and will not be considered.

Required resumes may be submitted in the following ways. * Uploaded as an attachment to application at time of submission.

  • Uploaded as an attachment to an email and sent to a County HR Recruitment Analyst at



Education and Experience: Possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Nevada and eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Nevada.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the “Education” and “Work Experience” sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write “see attached resume” on your application.

Candidates are required to submit a resume at the time of application. Resumes must be received by the Office of Human Resources before 5:00 p.m. on the posted closing date. Resumes may be electronically attached during the online application process or emailed to . The candidate’s name, recruitment title, and/or exam number must be clearly written on the resume.

Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Periodically after employment background investigations may be conducted.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing: Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug examination.


Incumbents are assigned to handle misdemeanor criminal cases, felony arraignments, complex gross misdemeanor, felony criminal, juvenile and/or dependency cases assigned to the Public Defender or Special Public Defender. Investigates cases; interviews and counsels indigent defendants and witnesses; may visit crime scenes, jails, and case related sites. Confers with investigators regarding the collection of facts and evidence. Obtains documents by subpoena and other discovery methods. Negotiates with prosecutors, probation officers and judges regarding the disposition or modification of charges. Orders investigations; confers with investigators to monitor progress of investigation; interviews defendants and witnesses; prepares for trial, and conducts trial defense of indigent juveniles and adults; appears with and for defendants at court hearings. Researches, prepares, files, presents and argues motions; Attends pre-trial police lineups; attends arraignments, preliminary hearings, hearings and trials and defends indigent clients in a variety of cases before County or State courts. Advise clients on settlement offers, options, and potential for success at trial or other dispositions of cases. Conducts legal research and performs various studies; interprets and applies laws, court decisions and legal points and authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions and briefs for the defense. Prepares legal pleadings; dictates legal instruments, correspondence and reports. When assigned to Juvenile or Dependency, works closely with family members, school officials, community groups, treatment programs, probation officers and the Courts. May be involved in handling defense cases involving sexual assault, child molestation, child abuse and/or domestic violence. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and participating as an active member of a work team. Maintains accurate records and files; prepares a variety of records and reports as assigned. May assist Chief Public Defenders in the handling of capital punishment or other high profile cases. Uses standard office equipment, including a computer in the performance of the work. May drive a personal or County vehicle in the course of the work or be capable of arranging for transportation to off-site locations in order to attend meetings and conduct other legal business.


Mobility to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Stand for prolonged periods of time. Speak in a clear and comprehensible manner. Hear and respond to questions posed. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

Come Make a Difference and Join the Clark County Family where we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Flexible Schedules including 4/10 options
  • More Money in Your Pocket
  • 100% Employer Paid Defined Benefit Retirement
  • No Social Security Deduction
  • No State Income Taxes
  • Two Employer Sponsored Health Plans Offered – Choice of PPO or EPO (hybrid of HMO)

– Employer pays 90% of premium

  • Pharmacy Benefits (30, 90-day retail or mail order fills
  • 24/7 Telephone Advice Nurse – no employee cost
  • Teledoc, Doctoroo, and Dispatch Health
  • Retiree insurance – eligible after 5 years of service
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance – Employer Paid
  • AD&D – Employer Paid
  • Long Term Disability – Employer Paid
  • Generous Leave Accruals that include:
  • 12 Paid Holidays plus a Floating Birthday Holiday
  • Paid Vacation Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Other leave options
  • Catastrophic Leave
  • Parental Leave – Up to 90 days
  • Wide Variety of Voluntary Benefits that include
  • Guardian – Accident, Cancer, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and Short-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Trustmark – Permanent Life Insurance benefits and long-term care.
  • Sunlife Financial – Basic and Voluntary Life Insurance, AD&D, and long-term disability insurance
  • TASC – Flexible Spending Account – FSA & Dependent Day Care Debit Card Available
  • Morgan Stanley – Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Onsite Fitness Center – $12/month

Expected salary: $37.06 – 72.29 per hour USD

Job date: Thu, 29 Sep 2022 04:03:38 GMT

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