Assistant Prosecuting Attorney- Washtenaw County

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DATE: 2/9/21
STATUS: Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE: $57,359 - $94,307
GRADE: 28-32
LOCATION: 200 N. Main St.
UNION AFFILIATION: Assistant Prosecutors Association
Under the direction of a First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and in a developing capacity, represents the County in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases before the Probate, District and Circuit Court. Provides 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 violation of Michigan criminal laws.
Initially under close supervision, employees gradually receive more complex assignments and work more independently as experience is gained. Employees may advance to LEVEL II and III after gaining the required experience and demonstrating acceptable work proficiency.
Essential Duties:
  • Interviews victims of crime, complainants, witnesses and police officers to gather available facts.
  • Examines police reports to determine if a crime has been committed.
  • Evaluates all available information and seeks criminal warrants (court orders to arrest). Where it appears appropriate, authorizes the criminal complaint after supervisory consultation.
  • Evaluates information and drafts documents for search warrants. As necessary, appears before the judge, accompanied by law enforcement personnel, to obtain warrants.
  • Prepares for court appearances by drafting briefs, researching similar cases, analyzing evidence and planning strategy.
  • Represents the People of the State of Michigan in all stages of prosecutions for violation of Michigan criminal laws, including pre-trial conferences, preliminary examinations in felony cases, motion hearings and trials, sentencing hearings and post sentencing litigation.
  • Represents the petitioner in cases seeking the involuntary commitment of persons requiring treatment under the Michigan Mental Health Code
  • Represents the petitioner in juvenile delinquency proceedings
  • Represents the petitioner in Juvenile Court cases where court jurisdiction is sought because of the abuse or neglect of a child
Skills required for court appearances include:
  • Public speaking (delivering opening statements and closing arguments)
  • Direct and cross examination of witnesses
  • Carefully prepares and organizes 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
  • Reads case updates, advance sheets, and legal periodicals to keep current on relevant developments in the law.
  • Reviews concluded cases with supervisor to evaluate results and explore opportunities for professional development.
  • Writes appellate briefs for the Circuit Court, Court of Appeals and/or Supreme Court, conducting extensive research and presenting oral argument.
  • As assigned, attend and participate, as the representative of the Prosecuting Attorney, community or committee meetings on topics related to the functions of the Prosecutor's Office.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Maintains 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 by personnel so classified.
  • Duties require sufficient 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.
  • Possession of a Juris Doctor Degree from a American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
  • Entry-level classification. Employees may advance to LEVEL II after at least two (2) years of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I experience with acceptable work performance.
  • Two (2) years of LEVEL I experience required with acceptable work performance.
  • Two (2) years of LEVEL II experience required with acceptable work performance.
  • Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Michigan.
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 specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.
The Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office regrets that it cannot pay travel expenses for applicants to attend interviews.