Indigent Defense Program (IDP)
The Kern County Bar Association has overseen an Indigent Defense Program (IDP) since 1996. This program provides counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases upon appointment by the court.
The Kern County Bar Association’s Indigent Defense Program (IDP) acts as the alternate defender in Kern County. Through its contract with the County of Kern, the IDP represents adults and juveniles when the Public Defender’s office has a conflict or otherwise cannot represent a client. Representation extends to adults and juveniles in both the criminal justice and dependency systems. After the court refers a client to the IDP, the client is referred to an attorney panel member. Panel members are Kern County Bar Association members who are rated on their skill and experience. If you have questions about the program, please contact the IDP Administrator.
If you are interested in finding out more about what it takes to qualify to be an IDP Panel Member you may review the requirements as delineated per Grade in the applications provided below. To to become a Panel Member for the Indigent Defense Program, please complete the appropriate application and submit as directed for, IDP Qualifications Committee review.
For further detail and information on this KCBA Program please feel free to visit the program website.
Job Posting —
Indigent Defense Program (IDP) Administrator
Kern County Bar Association is seeking qualified attorney candidates to serve as the Administrator for the KCBA Indigent Defense Program. Qualified candidates should possess strength in professional leadership and administration skills. The Administrator is responsible for a variety of administrative and business management processes, procedures, and policies; fiscal management and control; implementing effective systems to provide for changing requirements of IDP; and exercising, where appropriate, professional judgement and teamwork in resolving issues that may arise related to Program administration. Candidates must have (1) a Juris Doctoral Degree; (2) License to practice law in California in good standing; and (3) at least five years of legal experience as an attorney (some criminal law experience preferred but not required). A more complete job description is below. Position salary range is $100k to $130k commensurate with experience and demonstrated ability. Position includes health insurance benefits. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Executive Director Bonnie Thomson at email@example.com.
Job Description of the Kern County Bar Association’s Indigent Defense Program (IDP) Administrator
Position Title: KCBA IDP Administrator
The Administrator is employed by the KCBA and is responsible for the organization and administration of the Program. The Administrator is responsible for preparation of budgets, charts, data, documents and reports related to IDP administration, appropriation, expenditure, and management of program resources. The Administrator: coordinates, supervises and manages the appointment, assignment and recruitment of independent contractor attorneys who participate on IDP’s panel; assists with supervision of support personnel; and prepares and presents reports to the IDP’s Committees, KCBA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the County of Kern, and the courts (as necessary) as the Administrator’s functions relate to carrying out the job duties and proper management of the Program.
The Administrator should possess strength in professional leadership and administration skills. The Administrator is responsible for a variety of administrative and business management processes, procedures, and policies; fiscal management and control; implementing effective systems to provide for changing requirements of IDP; and exercising, where appropriate, professional judgement and teamwork in resolving issues that may arise related to Program administration.
Typical Tasks and Responsibilities:
The Administrator plans, organizes, manages and coordinates the Program as required which may include the following:
- Fiscal/Budget – as necessary or requested: (1) manage the budget, analyze and implement proper and effective accounting; (2) develop and maintain proper information systems and protocol for tracking and maintaining budgets, revenues, and expenditures; (3) conduct cost benefit analyses; (4) manage financial appropriations for legal and contract compliance; and (5) develop and maintain proper information systems and protocol for record storage and compliance with privacy and confidentiality requirements.
- Program Oversight/Development/Implementation – as necessary or requested: (1) develop, plan and maintain services offered by the Program as well as recruit of new attorneys to serve as independent contractors on Panel; (2) manage, develop and implement IDP policies, procedures and protocol; (3) make written and verbal presentations; (4) represent the Program in a professional and effective manner; (5) plan, assign, and evaluate, contractors, consultants, work product, staff, legal billings and Program participants and provide recommendations as appropriate or requested regarding the same; (6) consult and advise with Program committees, the KCBA officers and board of directors, the KCBA Executive Officer/Director, the courts and County of Kern officials; provide administrative guidance; and (7) participate contract negotiations.
- General Tasks and Responsibilities – as appropriate or requested: (1) monitor and review cases in progress, quality of representation, Program attorney and support personnel qualifications, and legitimacy of fee requests; (2) establish procedures and goals for the efficient operation of the Program; (3) keep abreast of current developments in legislation and decisional law affecting the operation of the Program; (4) ensure efficient management and improvement of the operations of the Program in accordance with the directives of the Executive Officer/Director, Program contract, KCBA Board of Directors and officers, Program Committees, and the policies and procedures of the Program; (5) serve as liaison to committees of the KCBA and maintain good relations with the KCBA Board of Directors and officers employees, Program committees, KCBA employees, Program attorneys and support personnel, court and court personnel, the Kern County Administrator’s office, the Kern County Board of Supervisors, and related persons/entities; (6) provide the Program committees and the KCBA Board of Directors and officers with monthly reports of the operations of the Program, monthly and quarterly accounting statements, and yearly budget, fee schedule and policy recommendations; and (7) promptly respond to the requests from the Executive Officer/Director, KCBA Board of Directors and officers, Program committees, courts, the County of Kern, and related persons/entities.
Possession of the following: (1) Completion of a Juris Doctoral Degree; (2) License to practice law in California in good standing; and (3) at least five years of legal experience as an attorney (some criminal law experience preferred but not required)
The Administrator must possess the following skills and traits:
- strong professional leadership and administration skills;
- knowledge of accounting and budgeting;
- ability to apply modern business and public administration principles to problems of office management;
- knowledge of appropriate legislative codes and guidelines;
- ability to supervise accounting functions;
- ability to interpret laws and regulations and apply them in practical applications;
- ability to draw up budgets and fee schedules;
- ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive reports;
- ability to work harmoniously and effectively with Program committees, the KCBA staff, the KCBA Board of Directors and officers, Program attorneys, courts, court officials, and other persons/entities related to the Program;
- ability to handle complaints judiciously;
- ability to use tact, integrity, initiative and good judgement in a variety of administrative situations;
- ability to supervise and train;
- ability to communicate clearly and concisely; and
- ability to make appearances in court as needed.
Any offer of employment may be conditional and subject to a background check as well as current and acceptable motor vehicle driving information and appropriate insurability.