Within the Prosecution Division of the Office of the City Attorney and under the direction and supervision of the City Prosecutor and Assistant City Prosecutor, the legal intern will perform a wide variety of legal duties. Typical duties include regularly appearing in court, preparing files for court appearances and participating in jail calendars, arraignment hearings, probation hearings and no contact order rescission hearings.
The Legal Intern will, under attorney supervision, review police reports for probable cause and filing decisions, research and write memoranda for attorneys, argue motions, negotiate case resolutions with defense counsel and prepare for and participate in jury and bench trials if applicable. The Legal Intern will have other courtroom and non-courtroom responsibilities as assigned.
This legal internship will provide opportunity for exposure to high volume criminal litigation practice. There will be a great deal of time spent in court while having supervising attorneys available as mentors. The Legal Intern will work closely with law enforcement and is in regular contact with judges, the defense bar and general public.
Representative Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Ability to engage in the limited practice of law as a licensed legal intern under Admission and Practice Rule 9
- Analyze and apply legal principles
- Perform legal research and investigation in an efficient and accurate manner using computer-based research systems and apply facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and prepare and deliver presentations and persuasive arguments
- Compose, proofread and edit various written documents
- Work with law enforcement and court personnel and maintain good public relations
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with law enforcement, judges, employees of other departments and the general public
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships and communication with defense counsel in order to work to resolve and negotiate cases
- Appear and represent the City in judicial proceedings under attorney supervision
- Ability to work independently after training period
- Completion of Rules of Evidence course preferred
- Engagement in moot court or trial advocacy preferred
- Familiarity with or ability to become acquainted with Revised Code of Washington, the Washington Administrative Code, the Bremerton Municipal Code and applicable federal laws and regulations
- Be professional and collegial
Qualifying Education and Experience (Minimum Requirements)
- Completion of second year at an accredited law school.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
- Licensed to practice as a Rule 9 Intern or the ability to obtain Rule 9 license (Washington Admission and Practice Rule 9 qualification).