Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I (Family Division) - Berrien County

Salary: $56,245 - $75,374

Position:  Full Time 

Required: Graduation from law school. No prior experience is required.

Special Requirements: Admission to practice law before the Michigan Supreme Court is required within four months after administration of the last bar exam. Employees will be hired at a trainee wage as established by Berrien County until admission to practice before the Michigan Supreme Court has been obtained.

Duties: This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.

  • In the Family Division with 3 other attorneys under the supervision of the County’s Prosecuting Attorney, assists in prosecuting juvenile delinquency and represents the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in civil child protection cases on behalf of the County.
  • Reviews police reports from local law enforcement agencies in order to authorize juvenile petitions or return juvenile petitions to agencies for further investigation.
  • Attends all court hearings relating to any petition that is formally filed with the court including arraignments, dispositions, and review hearings.  
  • Consider appropriate juvenile cases for adult treatment and prepare and present such cases.
  • Prepares witnesses and compiles all necessary exhibits that are paramount to presenting the prosecution’s case at either a bench trial or jury trial.
  • Attends the Child Advocacy Center to observe interviews relating to children who are alleged to be victims of physical and/or sexual abuse; interprets and advises police agencies regarding criminal statutes.
  • Prepares probate court petitions and petitions for mental health treatment and attends all hearings relating to the petitions that are filed.
  • Represents DHHS in child protective proceedings; prepares and files child protective proceeding petitions; consults and advises DHHS on a range of issues.
  • Attends team meetings and mediations relating to petitions that have been filed for DHHS with the court.
  • Prepare for and put on trainings for staff of DHHS.
  • Attends hearings relating to petitions filed with the court including preliminary hearings, trials, dispositions and termination hearings.
  • Exercises a considerable degree of independent judgment throughout each stage of the legal process.
  • Completes special projects and assignments as requested.

To Apply for these positions: 

Contact: Prosecutor-elect, Steve Pierangeli, spierangeli@berriencounty.org, 269 983 7111, ext 8266.

Applications: must be made on an official Application for Employment (PDF) and mailed to:

Berrien County Administration
Personnel Department
701 Main Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
or email application to: Betsy Steltner at bsteltne@berriencounty.org.

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