RFQ Attorney Representation for Indigent Clients Civilly Committed Under RCW 71.09

US Government, Office of Public Defense

STATE OF WASHINGTON
OFFICE OF PUBLIC DEFENSE 
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
RFQ24030
ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION FOR INDIGENT CLIENTS
CIVILLY COMMITTED UNDER RCW 71.09

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DOES NOT APPLY TO CONTRACTORS]

About the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD):  We are an independent judicial branch agency mandated to implement the constitutional and statutory guarantees of counsel and to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of indigent defense services funded by the state. 
 
Mission: Upholding the rights of all people who are facing the loss of liberty or family by providing statewide leadership, administration, and support to the multidisciplinary public defense profession.
 
Vision: Public defense clients, everywhere in the state, receive truly equitable and client-centered representation from fully supported professionals.
 
Values:  Justice  *   Service   *   Equity    *    Excellence    

We administer a variety of programs, including systemic improvement programs and programs providing direct representation. To learn about OPD’s programs click here. We are dedicated to excellence in public law and indigent defense, and we seek talented candidates who share this commitment to client-centered service. We value employees who bring diverse backgrounds in education, employment, community activities, and life experiences to enhance our office.

Program Description:  The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Forensic Commitment Program provides state funded attorney representation to indigent clients with a right to counsel at State expense for civil commitment proceedings brought under RCW 71.09.
 
OPD seeks to fill 1 contract attorney position. A contact attorney is expected to represent clients in all stages of RCW 71.09 proceedings from the probable cause hearing to unconditional release. A full-time attorney will carry a caseload of approximately 17 case weights.   
 
Annual compensation for a full-time caseload is $205,700.  Contractors are responsible for all overhead such as support staff, rent, and other costs of doing business. If interested, follow the application procedures below.

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