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Court Prosecutor

at Pueblo of Laguna

Pay: $66,004 to $99,006/year
Posted: 8/19/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2019-34
Categories: Legal

Job Description

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Represents the Pueblo as plaintiff in Pueblo Court actions to prosecute and enforce penalties for violations of the Pueblo’s ordinances.
  • Assesses complaints to determine if formal criminal proceedings are warranted, assigns cases to other Prosecutors.
  • Conducts research, interviews victims and witnesses; develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation for presentation of case and in preparation for trial; and prosecutes Pueblo Court trial cases.
  • Gathers evidence and analyzes pertinent information to formulate and prepare for legal action.
  • Prepares witnesses for depositions and trial.
  • Prepares pleadings, motions, legal briefs, orders, and appellate documents.
  • Assists law enforcement in obtaining search warrants, arrest warrants, and subpoenas and in making charging decisions by providing sound legal advice.
  • Works with applicable service providers (Probation, Social Services, Behavioral Health) to determine appropriate recommendations for sentences, referrals and other related services.
  • Utilizes a plea bargain process that promotes the interests of the Pueblo and considers the interests of victims of crime. Ensures a balanced criminal justice system.
  • Handles specific cases or acts as co-counsel with other Pueblo attorneys or outside counsel as appropriate.
  • Reviews Pueblo of Laguna codes and/or ordinances; recommends amendments to the Pueblo Legislative Committee.
  • Develops and secures funding of relevant diversion programs.
  • Maintains appropriate documentation as required. Ensures the confidentiality of client information.
  • Develops and maintains solid relationships with entities of common interest, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, F.B.I., B.I.A., and other internal and external programs.
  • In collaboration with Village Officials, utilizes the Pueblo’s customary based approach to resolve issues when appropriate and/or necessary.
  • Develops and manages annual budget and proposal, including operational plans and objectives.
  • Manages grants, contracts, and/or other funding sources; develops required narrative and statistical reports.
  • Researches additional funding opportunities and available grant monies for continuation and expansion of program services.
  • Provides direct oversight and supervision to staff.
  • Hosts regular staff meetings to ensure communication among personnel regarding department-related activities.
  • Evaluates and assesses program processes and procedures; offers/recommends changes; ensures the implementation of revisions.
  • Manages staff relations by celebrating, coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees. Encourages feedback from staff for continual management improvement.
  • Evaluates staff performance in a timely manner. Promotes self-responsibility and accountability.
  • Reviews, recommends changes, or approves performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, staff changes, or reassignments.
  • Maintains professional licensure and gains technical knowledge by conducting research, reviewing case histories and rulings; attending relevant training and workshops, and establishing networks with like programs.
  • Complies with standards of conduct applicable to licensure and profession.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Skill / Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school required.
  • Five years experience in the practice of criminal law required.
  • Three years of supervisory experience required.
  • Member in good standing with the New Mexico State Bar required.
  • Fluency in the Laguna language preferred.

Important Notes


Application Instructions

Send the official Pueblo of Laguna application to polemployment@pol-nsn.gov