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Information presented below is provided as a service to Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney's offices. The Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listings for positions for agencies other than its own. Commonwealth's Attorney's offices wishing to list attorney employment opportunities on this site should complete a job information form and submit it to lamar3@wm.edu.

(10) Position Listed

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Positions (8)
Specialized Positions (Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, etc.) (0)
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Positions (1)

Other Positions (1)

 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Positions

 

Locality:

Culpeper County

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Salary/Salary Range:

$62,641.38 - $97,094.13

 

Start Date:

(posted 3/22/17)

Closing Date:

March 29, 2017

Description of job:

Performs professional legal work for the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney. Work involves prosecuting persons suspected of violating State and local laws on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Employees in this class prosecute criminal cases in all county courts.

  • Prepares and prosecutes misdemeanor and felony criminal cases in juvenile, domestic relations, general district and/or circuit courts

  1. Screens cases for prosecution; determines proper charges
  2. Performs legal research
  3. Locates witnesses
  4. Prepares case documents
  5. Presents cases in court
  6. Negotiates with defense attorneys
  • Attends/participates in arraignments of defendants in criminal cases. Investigates terms and conditions of bond.
  • Works with Crime Victims Advocate
  • Prepares legal briefs/petitions to the Appellate Court. Keeps abreast of appellate court opinions and understands their application to similar cases.
  • Responds to customer requests and inquiries.
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends, legal issues and rulings, court opinions, legal procedures, new State and local laws, etc.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Virginia criminal and traffic laws, Virginia criminal procedures, Virginia and Federal constitutional issues, as well as local rules of court and trial practice.
  • Ability to perform intricate and rapid legal research, and to prepare legal briefs to trial and appellate courts
  • Ability to communicate effectively with law enforcement personnel, expert witnesses, lay witnesses, and victim witnesses.
  • Ability to prepare and present complex cases before a trial court in a short period of time. Comprehensive working knowledge of efficient office procedures, and the ability to establish and maintain constructive, effective and professional relationships with fellow attorneys, public officials, judicial officers and the public.
  • Ability to present ideas and provide counsel effectively in writing and orally to professionals and lay persons. Ability to manage a large caseload.
  • Knowledge of computerized word processing, email communications and electronic case
  • Work is typically performed in an office or courtroom setting. Occasional requirement to visit major crime scene. Second-line contact with witnesses and defendants, who on occasion are rude, hostile and angry. Considerable skill intact and diplomacy is necessary. Daily contact is made with, judges, clerks of court, law enforcement officers, other legal professionals, the general public in person, by telephone and by written communications. Considerable skill in diplomacy, tact and persuasion is necessary

 

 

Special Requirements:

Juris Doctorate degree.  Licensed to practice law in the State of Virginia.

Must possess satisfactory results of a criminal history background check.


Contact:

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:
http://web.culpepercounty.gov OR
302 North Main Street Culpeper, VA 22701


 
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Locality:

Wise County & City of Norton

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Salary/Salary Range:

TBD

 

Start Date:

to be determined (posted 2/27/17)

Closing Date:

March 31, 2017 or until filled.

Description of job:

The attorney holding this position will be expected to prepare and prosecute
felony and misdemeanor cases in district and circuit courts, conduct any research and writing needs to
prepare prosecutions, compose appellate briefs, advise local law enforcement agencies and work
closely with Victim/Witness advocates. Due to the high case load, the attorney must be able to
organize and work efficiently. Additionally, the attorney must be decisive and able to exercise discretion.    

 

Special Requirements:

The applicant will be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of
Virginia and in good standing with the State Bar.




Contact:

A cover letter and resume may be sent via mail or email.


 
Title:

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Address:

Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Wise County Courthouse, Post Office Box
69, Wise, Virginia 24293.


E-mail:

ranessa@wisecwa.info

 

Locality:

Chesapeake

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney I

Salary/Salary Range:

$60,546

 

Start Date:

May 1, 2017 (posted 3/13/17)

Closing Date:

Until filled. May submit by e-mail or mail.

Description of job:

Prosecution of DUI cases and other misdemeanors and felonies originating in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (vertical prosecution) and misdemeanor appeals and any other assignments as made by the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Participation in community prosecution program.     

 

Special Requirements:

If recent graduate, then an internship in prosecutor’s office and/or a trial advocacy course preferable. Must be licensed to practice in Virginia.  Must submit a writing sample with the resume and references.




Contact:

Nancy G. Parr


 
Title:

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Address:

307 Albemarle Drive, Suite 200A, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322


E-mail:

nparr@cityofchesapeake.net

 

Locality:

Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Salary/Salary Range:

TBD

 

Start Date:

May 1, 2017 (posted 2/10/17)

Closing Date:

Until filled.

Description of job:

The attorney holding this position will be expected to prepare and prosecute felonies and misdemeanors in district and circuit courts, conduct any research and writing needed to prepare prosecutions, compose appellate briefs, advise local law enforcement agencies and work closely with Victim/Witness advocates.  Due to the high case load, the attorney must be able to organize and work efficiently.  Additionally, the attorney must be decisive and able to exercise discretion.      

 

Special Requirements:

The applicant will be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in good standing with the State Bar.




Contact:

Letters of interest with resume may be sent via post or email to:Christopher Bean


 
Title:

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney

Address:

53 Court Square, Suite 210, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801


E-mail:

cbean@rockinghamcountyva.gov

 

Locality:

Portsmouth, VA

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney I

Salary/Salary Range:

$53,967-  (+) excellent benefits (VRS retirement)

Salary commensurate with experience

 

Start Date:

to be determined. (posted 2/1/17)

Closing Date:

Until filled.

Description of job:

This is an at-will position which serves at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Prosecuting attorney represents the Commonwealth of Virginia in all criminal matters pending before the Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, the Portsmouth General District Court and the Portsmouth Circuit Court.

Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Graduation from an accredited law school. Must be an active member in good standing with the Virginia State Bar and hold a license in good standing from the Virginia Supreme Court.

 

 

Special Requirements:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney I- up to 2 years of experience practicing prosecutorial criminal law; or any equivalent combination of experience as an attorney.




Contact:

Please send all responses and inquiries to the attention of 

The Honorable Stephanie N. Morales


 
Title:

Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney

Address:

P. O. Box 1417, Portsmouth, VA 23705-1417


E-mail:

shewmaket@portsmouthva.gov

Tamara Shewmake, Chief Administrator

 

Locality:

Newport News

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Salary/Salary Range:

Negotiable based on experience

 

Start Date:

As soon as possible (posted 12/28/16)

Closing Date:

Until Filled

Description of job:

Since this office is engaged in Community Prosecution, not only will this attorney be prosecuting drugs and gun related felonies and misdemeanors in General District and Circuit Court, but will also work to build strong partnerships with law enforcement and the community.  This will involve, among other things, doing ride-a-longs with police and working closely with community members to identify and solve problems. 

 

Special Requirements:

Innovation, creativity, and an ability to work with all types of people are necessary.  Background check and admission to the Virginia State Bar are required.  A minimum of 4 years of experience in criminal defense or prosecution is preferred.




Contact:

Howard E. Gwynn 757-926-7443


 
Title:

Commonwealth Attorney

Address:

2501 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor, Newport News, VA 23607


E-mail:

hgwynn@nnva.gov

 

Locality:

Tazewell County

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Salary/Salary Range:

$53,967.00 + benefits

 

Start Date:

January 1, 2017 (posted 11/21/16)

Closing Date:

December 15, 2016

Description of job:

Assistant Attorney I position available in the Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  Primary responsibilities will be prosecuting criminal matters in the Tazewell County General District Court, the Tazewell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and the Tazewell County Circuit Court.  This position will involve a heavy case load of misdemeanor prosecutions and will be responsible for advising law enforcement officers in criminal investigations and related matters, writing briefs and legal research.  Litigation experience preferred

 

Special Requirements:

Applicants must be licensed and in good standing with the Virginia State Bar.




Contact:

Michael Lee Dennis or Lisa Rasnick


 
Title:

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Address:

P.O. Box 946, 237 West Main Street, Tazewell, VA  24651


E-mail:

lisa_rasnick@richl.twcbc.com

 

Locality:

Albemarle County

Job Title:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney II

Salary/Salary Range:

$72,958.00 - $100,000.00 / Per Year, depending on education, experience and internal equity Negotiable based on experience

 

Start Date:

Negotiable (posted 9/17/16)

Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
Description of job:

Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prosecute felony bench and jury trials and misdemeanor appeals before the Circuit Court;
  • Prosecute felony preliminary hearings before the General District Court;
  • Prosecute misdemeanor cases before the General District Court;
  • Prosecute misdemeanor cases before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court;
  • Prosecute felony preliminary hearings before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court;
  • Write briefs and Memoranda on Motions Filed in the Circuit Court;
  • Argue Suppression Motions and other Motions before the Circuit and General District Courts;
  • Prepare Appellate Briefs for use by the Commonwealth in the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia;
  • Advise law enforcement on all legal matters involving the investigation and prosecution of criminal conduct;
  • Develop and conduct formal training on Virginia laws and the United States Constitution for law enforcement;
  • Advise and work with governmental agencies and the public in coordinated efforts to ensure and enhance crime prevention and public safety;
  • Make relevant presentations to community groups on law enforcement;
  • Perform related work as assigned.

 

Special Requirements:

Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Graduation from an accredited law school or completion of all necessary requirements in legal education program after having read Virginia law. Must be an active member in good standing with the Virginia State Bar and hold a license in good standing from the Virginia Supreme Court. A minimum of one year of previous experience as prosecutor or a minimum of five years of experience as a practicing attorney.  Five (5) years or more of prosecution experience preferred.

 

Bilingual and multi-lingual fluency desirable. Diverse candidates welcome.

 

Comprehensive knowledge of Virginia criminal and traffic laws, Virginia criminal procedures, Virginia and Federal constitutional issues, as well as local rules of court and trial practice. Ability to perform intricate and rapid legal research, and to prepare legal briefs to trial and appellate courts. Ability to communicate effectively with law enforcement personnel, expert witnesses, lay witnesses, and victim witnesses. Ability to prepare and present complex cases before a trial court in a short period of time. Comprehensive working knowledge of efficient office procedures, and the ability to establish and maintain constructive, effective and professional relationships with fellow attorneys, public officials, judicial officers and the public. Ability to present ideas and provide counsel effectively in writing and orally to professionals and lay persons. Ability to manage a large caseload.  Knowledge of computerized word processing, email communications and electronic case management system

KEY ATTRIBUTES OF OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Extraordinary commitment to justice and public service
  • Extensive experience prosecuting misdemeanor and criminal offenses, complex traffic offenses, white collar crimes, crimes against children, the elderly, violent felonies, and other offenses (five to ten years of experience preferred)
  • Outstanding commitment to fairness and uncompromising ethical judgment
  • Flexibility to serve in a broad range of roles in a high-volume, high-caseload environment




Contact:

All applications need to be submitted through the Albemarle County website: https://albemarleva.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1975


 
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Specialized Positions (Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, etc.)

NONE AT THIS TIME.

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Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Positions

 

Locality:

Newport News

Job Title:

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney

Salary/Salary Range:

Negotiable based on experience

 

Start Date:

As soon as possible (posted 1/31/17)

Closing Date:

Until Filled

Description of job:

Serves as supervisor of a team of six (6) prosecutors who primarily prosecute crimes against the person.  Duties include training and mentoring relative new prosecutors, performing legal research in the preparation of criminal trials; prosecuting jury and non-jury trials; advising and working with members of various law enforcement agencies.

 

Special Requirements:

Innovation, creativity, and an ability to work with all types of people are necessary.  Background check and admission to the Virginia State Bar are required.  Requires three (3) years of experience as a supervisor or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required skill, knowledge and ability. 




Contact:

Howard E. Gwynn 757-926-7443


 
Title:

Commonwealth Attorney

Address:

2501 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor, Newport News, VA 23607


E-mail:

hgwynn@nnva.gov

 

 

Other Positions

 

Locality:

Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office

Job Title:
Legal Internship/Externship Opportunity
Salary/Salary Range:

None (position is legal/academic; intern or extern works for experience or academic credit as the case may be)

Start Date:

(Posted August 22, 2013)

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Description of job:

Legal intern/extern to assist with the prosecution of cases in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, General District Court and Circuit Court.  Perform any and all other responsibilities as assigned by the Commonwealth’s Attorney or staff. Generally, interns/externs will perform legal research, factual research/investigation and case file development. Also, intern/extern may assist prosecuting attorney with in-court duties. All work is under the supervision of licensed (VA) attorneys in Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office. 

Special Requirements:

Only current law students of an accredited law school will be considered. A valid 3rd year practice certification is preferred, but not required.  Interested applicants MUST submit a Fauquier County Online Application available at http://apply.fauquiercounty.gov; Send resume and references to:

Contact:

The Honorable James P. Fisher, Esq.

Title:

Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fauquier County

Address:

29 Ashby Street, Warrenton, VA 20186

E-mail:

James.Fisher@fauquiercounty.gov

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