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Bilingual Attorney The candidate will report to the SEO Managing Attorney. As part of legal team, will work on cases and legal advocacy involving administrative agencies, including state and federal court and will assist in all facets of the litigation process from discovery, motion practice, trial and appeal. The Associate Counsel will also help develop strategies to achieve litigation and legal advocacy goals in emerging areas of community interest and play a critical role in identifying and developing new cases. Will be able to argue clearly and logically in written and oral form; to define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and make appropriate recommendations; to prepare clear and concise memoranda, summarize legal issues and precedents; and to effectively represent company with the public, opposing and co-counsel, law enforcement agencies and other government institutions. The Associate Counsel will also have the ability to develop substantive knowledge as needed in new areas of focus within the broader civil rights/constitutional law umbrella. The Associate Counsel has substantial computer assisted research skills as well as excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple deadlines. As an essential competency of this position, the Associate Counsel establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships, is able to handle high levels of stress satisfactorily and is congenial with other employees, clients and outside counsel. Depending on assignment, duties may include to, the following: interviewing potential clients, engaging in fact-finding, and identifying potential legal claims and defenses based upon the facts presented; preparing retention letters; conducting legal research; reviewing and organizing discovery productions and document reviews; overseeing case management; ensuring compliance with procedural obligations and deadlines; drafting legal pleadings, memoranda, motions and other court filings for submission in cases pending at the trial court and appellate level; assisting in the selection of and preparation of expert reports and testimony; defending and deposing both expert and facts witnesses; arguing motions and appeals; performing direct and cross examination of witnesses as well as opening and closing statements at trial; and drafting and giving testimony before legislative bodies and other government commissions or entities in matters connected to our litigation priorities. In addition to the substantive knowledge and experience, the Associate Counsel has the ability to provide guidance, mentorship and leadership to legal fellows and interns in the performance of any of the above or related tasks. The Associate Counsel may also serve as media-spokesperson for company PRLDEF and liaison to the local community, performing the following functions: respond to press inquiries and participate in press interviews; appear and speak before community and education groups; and, participate in discussion panels in a variety of education and community settings. Will travel locally, and occasionally regionally, in connection with legal and community work. Should have record of commitment to public interest and civil rights issues; Florida State Bar License or equivalent; experience in administrative or state litigation practice; and good standing in state and federal courts. Must possess excellent legal research, writing, and oral communication skills as well as working knowledge of document management and research software such as Concordance, CaseMap, Lexis-Nexis, and Westlaw. Bilingual Spanish/English is required.
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