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Managing Attorney - Professional Services The candidate under administrative direction of the General Counsel, plans, organizes, and directs the operations and administration of all Family Court Services child custody mediators and probate investigators, Family and Civil Law Self Help attorneys and paralegals, Civil Case Management Attorney, and support staff. Responsible for providing training, coaching and direction to Family Court Services supervisor and Family and Civil Law Self-Help supervisors and/or lead workers regarding supervisory issues, and to the Family Court Services mediators/investigators in the utilization of their training and experience in the context of assisting the court with legal determinations, preparing or assisting with performance evaluations and giving feedback to staff to improve employee performance and productivity. Incumbent also is responsible for providing training, coaching and direction to the Civil Case Management Attorney. Incumbent also oversees and monitors unit function and workflow; develop procedures, policies and materials; and assign work priorities to improve service. Incumbent is expected to exercise considerable discretion in carrying out responsibilities independently and have a thorough understanding of family and civil court policies, procedures and customer service issues. May perform other court-related duties as assigned. This single position class has court wide responsibility for the management of family law custody mediation and evaluation services, probate court investigations, family and civil law self help centers, and the civil case management attorney. In collaboration with the Supervisor-Family Court Services, plans, organizes, supervises and evaluates the work of assigned family court Mediators/Investigators and support staff; on a daily basis provides legal information, training and direction to the supervisor and professional staff involved in mediating and evaluating high conflict child custody cases, investigating guardianships and conservatorships, and in writing reports and testifying about their work. In collaboration with the Family Law Facilitator, Senior Attorney for the Civil SHLA Center, and Civil Case Management Attorney, plans, organizes, and directs the development, implementation, and operations of division programs and services to better serve court users. Consults and coordinates with appropriate judicial officers on policies and procedures related to those programs. Ensures coordination of programs by providing liaison between division programs and other Superior Court organizational units, courts, the Judicial Council of California, County and State agencies, business and community organizations, and state agencies. Develops and maintains administrative and operational policies and procedures; keeps abreast of current developments in relevant areas of civil, probate, and family law; reviews and analyzes legislation and determines impact on division programs, policies, and procedures.Interprets and applies case law, statutes and court rules. Selects, trains and evaluates staff. Collects and analyzes data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and prepares related reports. Researches and applies for state and federal grants; prepares and monitors division budgets and grant-funded services and programs; authorizes and monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with fiscal policies. Serves on committees and task forces within the Court and with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have completed Graduation from an accredited law school and member of the California State Bar in good standing. Must have 5+ years of full time law practice with substantial emphasis on representing and/or advising litigants in all aspects of Family Law. Should have education in psychology, social work, marriage, family and child counseling, or other behavioral sciences substantially related to marriage and family interpersonal relationships.
Experience preferred: Experience supervising or managing professional and clerical staff. Experience representing and/or advising litigants in Conservatorship and/or Guardianship proceedings. Experience working with self-represented litigants.
Should have knowledge of:
Principles and practices of supervision and judicial management; the California judicial system, and the role of the judicial council and Judges in the administration of court activities; family law and statistical analysis techniques.
Must have ability to:
Plan, organize and direct assigned services; demonstrate leadership; exercise sound judgment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, peers, subordinates and the general public; analyze complex information/data; prepare and present findings and recommendations in verbal and written form; make public presentations; evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of services; develop operating policy and procedures; coordinate professional activities with members of the judiciary, other courts, private counseling agencies or organizations, County departments and State agencies involved in family and children's issues, alcohol and drug abuse treatment, health and mental health services; use computer for word processing, data analysis and communication.
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