- New Orleans, LA, USA
- 95000-115000 per year
- Full Time
New hires may be eligible for a full benefits package.
ABOUT THE ORLEANS PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE (OPDA):
Jason Rogers Williams took office as the Orleans Parish District Attorney on January
11, 2021, and is building a 21st century prosecutors' office with a team of the best and brightest from around the country and a mission of being as smart on crime as the office has historically been tough on crime. New Orleans has led the world in convictions and incarceration for decades, without any corresponding decrease in crime. OPDA is simultaneously increasing safety and delivering justice with a laser focus on serious offenses and a belief that every New Orleanian deserves the presumption of innocence.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:
OPDA is creating a new Homicide Unit of elite attorneys within the Trials Division to provide an even greater emphasis on holding the most violent offenders in New Orleans accountable. ADAs assigned to this specialized Homicide Unit will represent the State of Louisiana in all criminal prosecutions of homicide cases - First Degree Murder,
Second Degree Murder, and Manslaughter - before Orleans Parish Criminal District
OPDA has rapidly increased the pace of jury trials for violent crimes. Between March and November alone, OPDA tried 62 cases in front of juries, well over the total for all of
2018 and all of 2019. Of the 166 charges tried, 106 (63.9%) have been violent crime charges. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, with murder rates rising,
Homicide Unit ADAs will have a unique opportunity to expand upon this work and serve the public by combating the offenses causing the most harm in our neighborhoods.
Typical duties for ADAs assigned to the Homicide Unit will include: interacting with law enforcement, victims, and witnesses; drafting bills of information, motions, and other pleadings; preparing discovery; performing legal research; appearing and arguing in court with regularity; developing trial strategies and conducting plea negotiations; and conducting jury selection and trials. They may also include direct supervision of one or more ADAs in the Trials Division.
Homicide Unit ADAs will develop expertise in the intricacies of these complex cases and will help OPDA make significant inroads in fighting back against the crime surge.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
- Member of the Louisiana Bar in good standing
- A high level of experience in criminal litigation and trial practice preferred
- Knowledge of criminal law and legal procedure
- Experience in and knowledge of Orleans Parish criminal justice system preferred
- Ability to conduct legal research and apply legal analysis to factual scenarios
- High level of professional organization
- Public speaking ability and effective oral and written communication skills
- Professional and ethical conduct
- Comfort with technology, including ability to learn case management software
- Ability to work flexible hours
- Dependability in both attendance and work product
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
- Enrollment in the City of New Orleans health insurance plan
- 6.44 hours of sick leave and no fewer than 6.44 hours of vacation leave per month (6.44 hours per month = approximately 10 days per year)
- Enrollment in the Louisiana District Attorneys' Retirement System
- Enrollment in the Louisiana Public Employees Deferred Compensation Plan
- Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
- A generous paid holiday schedule
- Frequent, free opportunities for Continuing Legal Education and other relevant training
OPDA is an equal opportunity employer. The office values a diverse workforce and management reflective of the communities that it serves. OPDA adheres to a policy of making employment, promotion, and other personnel decisions without regard to race, culture, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, caregiver status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship, age, or disability.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION:
OPDA is dedicated to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that OPDA employees invest in their work represents a significant part of the office's culture, reputation, and achievement. OPDA embraces and encourages employees' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make its employees unique.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00 per year
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible schedule
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
Ability to commute/relocate:
- New Orleans, LA 70119: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
- Bachelor's (Required)
- Bar (Required)
- Louisiana BAR Member (Required)
Work Location: One location