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Lassen County Deputy County Counsel I/II/III
Filing deadline January 18, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.
Under the direction of the County Counsel, assists in providing legal advice and services to county officers and employees, special districts, and other agencies; acts for the County Counsel at his/her direction; acts as trial advocate in civil litigation at all levels of court proceedings; and assists in the administration of the County Counsel’s office.
This is the entry level class in the Deputy County Counsel series. Incumbents learn court procedures, office policy and the application of laws and legal procedures in providing advice and counsel to county officers and employees. Incumbents will have the ability to promote to deputy II and III as they demonstrate appropriate levels of knowledge and skills needed for more complex cases.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from County Counsel.
May provide direction to support staff or contract personnel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Depending on the assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Confer with and advise County officers and employees on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions and obligations.
Attend meetings of boards and commissions. As requested, act as legal advisor for County offices.
Prepare formal legislative measures, contracts, leases, conveyances and other legal documents.
Study, interpret and apply laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases, opinions and trial briefs.
Prepare pleadings and other papers related to suits, trials, hearings and similar legal proceedings.Represent the County as necessary in certain hearings and proceedings.
Make decisions concerning the advisability to prosecute, compromise, or dismiss civil litigation subject to civil suits in all State and Federal courts.
Assemble and evaluate evidence and secure and interview witnesses.
Perform a wide variety of legal research.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, outside counsel and the public using principles of good customer service.
Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The principles of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research.
Responsibilities, powers and statutory limitations of the County Counsel's office.
Federal and State statutes, County ordinances, and rules and regulations pertinent to assigned cases.
Policies and procedures of a County Counsel's office.
Principles and practices of case development and management.
On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; and explain relevant policies, procedures and matters of law to County officers, employees, outside counsel and the general public.
Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and present such material orally or in writing in clear and logical form; and analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments.
Draft legal instruments such as ordinances, resolutions, Board orders and contracts.
Prepare and present legal cases; and perform legal research; recommend investigative alternatives.
Obtain information through interview; handle multiple cases; work with interruption; and deal firmly and courteously with the public.
Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
Use a personal computer and other standard automated office support equipment.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Ability to work cooperatively with other employees.
Education and Experience
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Deputy County Counsel I: No experience is required; however, applicants must demonstrate some minimum level of knowledge and abilities.
Deputy County Counsel II: A minimum of one year of experience as a Deputy County Counsel I, or its equivalent, which demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge and abilities, and recommendation of the County Counsel. Three years of experience in the general practice of law may be substituted for the one year of Deputy County Counsel I experience.
Deputy County Counsel III: A minimum of one year of experience as a Deputy County Counsel II, or its equivalent, which demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge and abilities, and recommendation of the County Counsel. Four years of experience in the general practice of law may be substituted for the two years of deputy County Counsel II experience.
Licenses and Certifications
Active membership in the California State Bar Association.
A valid California Driver’s License.
Within six (6) months of appointment, shall meet the minimum standards of competency for Attorneys representing parties in juvenile dependency matters as provided in Rule 1438 of the California Rules of Court and Lassen Superior Court Local Rule 3.B.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is often required to travel to and make outside visits – occasionally on uneven surfaces with potential access barriers; to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision and hearing abilities required by this job include hearing and vision adequate to observe human interaction, and vision to input and access information from a personal computer.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. May come into contact with sometimes hostile clients and members of the public.
Small public service law office, one Deputy County Counsel only.