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Attorney The candidate duties include: To litigate cases filed by the Juvenile Officer, pursuant to state statutes and to provide legal research, assistance and counsel to staff. Prepare for trials and hearings; confer with and/or interview all appropriate parties, compile, review, and research all relative information. Consult with and interview involved parties such as attorneys, victims, law enforcement personnel, court staff, social service personnel and medical and mental health professionals and witnesses. Study case history files and gather and examine other relevant documents and information. Review all evidence and conduct research of statutory and case law as applicable to individual cases. Determine and isolate critical facts and relevant law and formulate effective legal theories, strategies, arguments and testimony on which to present case. Plan the use of witnesses, which may include expert witnesses. Request investigations of significant occurrences or individuals involved with juveniles. Represent Juvenile Officer in all phases of litigation, which include court appearances for pre-trial hearings, trials, dispositional hearings, and appellate advocacy. Present cases in Court to establish Family Court jurisdiction over juveniles and recommend, seek and achieve an appropriate disposition to meet the juveniles’ needs and best interests. File initial pleadings. Represent the Juvenile Officer before the Court of Appeals. Draft legal briefs and memoranda for cases. Compose legal briefs, appeals for termination of parental rights and various other legal documents which must be legally sufficient and enforceable. Prepare other legal documents which must be legally sufficient and enforceable. Provide legal assistance to staff; answer current knowledge of juvenile law and legislation; and perform related duties. Operate computer to access information pertaining to status of cases. Answer juvenile law and procedural related questions from law enforcement personnel, which may require legal research. Handle requests for information related to juvenile cases by reviewing file and obtaining court order to release information, as deemed necessary. Attend meetings, training and seminars. Maintain and increase knowledge and skill of juvenile law by reviewing trends and case law on a state and federal level and by attending educational seminars and conferences. Provide public and community presentations.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school. Some family law or domestic law trial/litigation experience would be beneficial. Must possess and maintain valid license to practice law by the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, with membership in good standing in the Missouri Bar.
Knowledge: Knowledge of modern principles, practices, methods and techniques of law. Knowledge of general law, state law, and sources of established precedent of legal reference as required by assigned duties. Knowledge of legal and judicial systems. Knowledge of the practice and procedure in state trial and appellate courts. Knowledge of the rules of evidence. Knowledge and strict observance of ethics and professional responsibility incumbent upon lawyers. Knowledge of and ability to work with a diverse workforce.
Ability: Ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to speak publicly in court in an effective manner. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems. Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents concerned in work assignments and to prepare written recommendations and/or opinions. Ability to prepare for hearings and trials. Ability to make sound decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies and procedures. Ability to maintain a variety of complex records and prepare reports from such records. Ability to operate a personal computer. Ability to relate in a positive fashion to individuals from a variety of cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
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