State Bar of Michigan


Berrien County
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States (on-site)
20 days ago



$97,267 - $130,347


  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Program
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation and Sick Time
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance


  1. Develops, implements, oversees and directs the Public Defender Office, the indigent defense contract system and the private counsel conflict/overflow list.
  2. Supervises and directs Public Defender Office staff. Attends court proceedings to monitor attorneys’ performance when necessary.
  3. Ensures that legal representation of each client continues through to the completion of the proceedings in the Court unless a reassignment is necessary.
  4. Monitors attorney participation in continuing legal education events and verifies that each contracted attorney maintains professional liability insurance.
  5. Monitors performance of all adult and juvenile indigent defense contracts.
  6. Develops policies and procedures to ensure that Berrien County meets all constitutional and legislative requirements as they pertain to the representation of indigent adult and juvenile offenders. Maintains the standards of indigent defense as they are proposed by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) and approved by the Michigan Supreme Court.
  7. Develops and implements internal caseload management reporting to certify Supreme Court/SCAO standards are met.
  8. Prepares the department’s annual budget and utilizes resources efficiently to provide a high level of indigent defense services.
  9. Advises the County Administrator of violations of contract provisions and recurring requests for waivers from contract requirements; makes recommendations on how to remedy compliance issues.
  10. Attends meetings, conferences and CLE opportunities as approved by the County Administrator.
  11. Stays informed of legal precedents and relevant legislation as it pertains to indigent defense representation.
  12. Provides updates to the Board of Commissioners and Parent Committee as required.

This description is intended to illustrate the type and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It may not be a comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified. 


Education:      Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate of Admittance to the State Bar of Michigan as evidence of continued good professional standing and authority to practice law throughout the state. Bachelor’s degree in business management or a related field is preferred.

Experience:     Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the practice of criminal defense or the equivalent, including previous supervision experience in the administration of legal services.


  • A valid vehicle operator’s license is required.
  • Must maintain State Bar of Michigan Certificate of Admittance throughout employment with County at the County’s expense.
  • May not practice law in the State of Michigan for any other client except the Berrien County Board of Commissioners; serve as an adviser or consultant on legal matters to any other entity, public or private; or, be a party to any indigent defense contract.
  • An offer of employment shall be conditioned upon the successful completion of a medical examination, including a drug and alcohol test. Candidate will be fingerprinted and subject to criminal, civil, and financial record checks. Medical examinations that are job related and consistent with business necessity, along with random and for-cause drug and alcohol tests, may be required during the course of employment in accordance with the county policy.
  • Must be comfortable with the daily use of technology in the legal profession and able to perform duties without additional clerical support if necessary.


Download an application from the Berrien County website: Employment Application

A Berrien County application must accompany your application materials. You may submit your application by email, fax, mail, or in person.


FAX: (269) 983-5788


Berrien County Administration Center

Personnel Department

701 Main Street

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66793844
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    St. Joseph, Michigan, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Berrien County
  • Job Function: Staff Attorney
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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