Special Assistant Attorney General- Washtenaw County

WASHTENAW COUNTY

JOB DESCRIPTION

CLASS TITLE: SPECIAL ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL – Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

DEPARTMENT: Prosecuting Attorney-Criminal Division

FLSA STATUS: Nonexempt

Compensation range:  $85,000 - $115,000 (DOE)

This is a contract/grant position funded directly by the Office of the Michigan Attorney General. 

JOB SUMMMARY

Under the general supervision of a First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and according to established procedures and department regulations, The Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG) is responsible for all aspects of the evaluation  and possible prosecution of charged cases that fall within the ambit of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), including reviewing investigation reports, gathering and reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, conferring with sexual assault survivors, deciding whether or not to file criminal charges, and conducting trials and all other court proceedings. The SAAG will direct one or two SAKI investigators, and work closely with the SAKI community based victim advocate. The SAAG will also maintain statistics on the SAKI cases and report regularly to the Attorney General and the Prosecuting Attorney. The SAAG will also provide legal counsel to the various police agencies operating within Washtenaw County, and local units of government within the County regarding issues pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of SAKI cases.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Essential Duties:

  • Interview victims of crime, complainants, witnesses and police officers to gather available facts.
  • Examine police and scientific reports to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Evaluate all available information and where it appears appropriate, authorize criminal complaints, and seek issuance of criminal arrest warrants.
  • Evaluate information and draft documents for search warrants. As necessary, appear before the judge, accompanied by law enforcement personnel, to obtain warrants.
  • Prepare for court appearances by drafting briefs, researching similar cases, analyzing evidence and planning strategy.
  • Represent the People of the State of Michigan in all stages of prosecutions under the SAKI, including probable cause and pretrial conferences, preliminary examinations in felony cases, motion hearings and trials, sentencing hearings and post sentencing litigation.

Skills required for court appearances include:

  • Public speaking (delivering opening statements and closing arguments).
  • Direct and cross examination of witnesses.
  • Careful preparation for and organization of cases and trial schedules to make efficient use of court time.
  • Maintains a professional demeanor and appearance in and out of court.

Other Duties:

  • Regularly confers with supervisor regarding status and direction of cases.
  • Read case updates, advance sheets, and legal periodicals to keep current on relevant developments in the law.
  • Review concluded cases with supervisor to evaluate results and explore opportunities for professional development.
  • As assigned, attend and participate, as the representative of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Attorney General, community or committee meetings on topics related to the functions of the SAKI.
  • May perform other SAKI related duties as assigned.
  • Maintain highest professional and personal standards for ethics and deportment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed in this position.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Michigan.
  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Duties require the mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer monitor and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.

These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

EDUCATION

Possession of a Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.

EXPERIENCE

A minimum of five (5) years of experience:

  • As a public prosecutor, including experience conducting jury trials in sexual assault cases;
  • Reviewing cases and making charging decisions;
  • Drafting and/or reviewing affidavits and search warrants, and petitions/orders under 18 U.S. Code § 2703d; or equivalent experience.

TO APPLY

Applicant MUST submit at least one (1) representative sample of their legal writing along with a resume and cover letter to Steven Hiller, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at hillers@washtenaw.org. Put "SAKI SAAG" in the subject line.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS/NOTICES REGARDING EMPLOYMENT

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office regrets that it cannot pay travel expenses for applicants to attend interviews.

This position is fully funded through the Office of the Michigan Attorney General Sex Assault Kit Initiative Grant on a year to year basis. The position will end when all SAKI cases are resolved, or at the discretion of the Attorney General or the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney. There is no promise of SAAG employment beyond the period for which the grant is funded. There are no fringe benefits associated with this position.

This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be

interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to acquire specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.

For specific questions regarding this position contact Steven Hiller, Chief Assistant Prosecuting

Attorney at hillers@washtenaw.org. Put "SAKI SAAG" in the subject line.

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