Contract Mitigation Specialist

$70,657 - $97,302 yearly
  • San Bernardino County Public Defender
  • Apr 08, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

The Office of the San Bernardino County Public Defender is currently recruiting qualified candidates to work as a Mitigation Specialist on the Public Defense Pilot Program.  The position offers an exciting opportunity to represent clients with resentencing under Penal Code Sections 1170(d(1), 1170.95, and 3051. (see BSCC website for information about the Public Defense Pilot Program.  Public Defense Pilot Program – BSCC (ca.gov))

Public Defense Pilot Program Mitigation Specialist will utilize their clinical and information gathering skills and knowledge to support Public Defense Program attorneys and other staff.  The duties will include conducting biopsychosocial interviews and preparing reports, researching and reviewing relevant mitigation literature, identifying issues related to intellect, mental health, substance abuse and trauma, obtaining and reviewing client historical records, drafting persuasive alternative sentencing reports and plans, identifying appropriate treatment plans, organizing, and preparing various documents and for client files, suggesting appropriate avenues for conducting further investigations into mental health and other mitigation issues, assisting attorneys with preparing and filing legal documents in court, organizing and archiving documents related to client files, and keeping track of changes in legal framework, court dates, and other deadlines related to client representation. 

The position offers a competitive salary, from $70,657 to $97,302 annually, commensurate with experience.  Additionally, a generous benefit package includes health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and eligible dependents.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) or closely related field; AND at least two (2) years of experience providing direct social work to clients involved in the criminal justice system.