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Chief Legal Counsel The candidate supervises, directs, and evaluates all legal services of the Kansas Department of Corrections. Work includes supervising all Attorney A (Legal Counsel) positions employed by the Department throughout the State and the Departmentâ€™s Policy development and revision process. Practices preventive law, provides advice and counsel to the Secretary and the Departmentâ€™s System Management Team; coordinates legal services throughout the firm and its sub-agencies in order to ensure competent and consistent legal practices; oversees Serious Incident Reviews; and supervises a part-time policy analyst charged with constantly overseeing review and updating of Departmental policies in the form of Internal Management Policies and Procedures, and Kansas Administrative Regulations. Prepares impact statements and supporting documents relative to proposed legislation affecting office, in the absence of or at the request of Senior Counsel of the Secretary. Provides advice on responses to KS Open Records Act requests and responses to formal complaints under that Act by the AGâ€™s Office. Provides advice and other assistance as needed by office Community Corrections Director. Drafts documents and regulations, and reviews and interprets documents such as contracts, leases, applications for requisition for extradition warrants, internal management policies and procedures, and other official legal documents. Drafts legislation in the absence of or at the request of Senior Counsel to the Secretary. Assists in negotiation of contracts, and provides training and instruction to staff involved in contract processes. Oversees the collection and filling of contracts, deeds, and other legal documents. Works with county and district attorneys, judges, sheriffs, and other members of the criminal justice system throughout the State to provide legal guidance and information, and to act as a resource and consultant. Provides testimony before legislative committees, in the absence of or at the request of the Senior Counsel to the Secretary. Represents the Secretary and members of the System Management Team, staff, firm and the State of Kansas in civil litigations and administrative proceedings in a competent manner sufficient to obtain a result that entails the least possible loss to the Department or intrusion into agency operations, including: filing pleadings in a timely manner; negotiating, preparing and presenting cases; keeping all interested parties advised concerning casesâ€™ status; and, advising the Attorney General and the Secretary of status of selected litigation on an as-needed or requested basis. Provides oversight and supervision of office responses to claims before the Joint Committee on Special Claims against the State. Reviews various internal quasi-judicial processes such as offender disciplinary hearings, grievance procedure, censorship appeals, proposed employee disciplinary actions (including external Civil Service Board hearings) and EEO/AA/ADA/FMLA/FLSA investigations in order to ensure reasonable and necessary consistency and uniformity in the interpretation and application of legal principles and legal services within the correctional system. Acts as respondent to attorneys representing inmates and their families, other state agencies, community corrections operations, local jails, and various advocacy groups. Responds to requests for information of a legal nature from relatives and friends of offenders. Provides information and assistance to the public and other officials in the criminal justice system regarding laws related to sentencing and corrections; facilitates a positive working relationship with the facilities, the public, and other elements of the criminal justice system. Works with county and district attorneys at the request of Senior Counsel or the Secretary. Supervises the work of seven full-time and one part-time staff attorney positions and one support position. Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be certificate of admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Kansas or temporary permit to practice law issued by the Supreme Court of Kansas and three years of experience practicing law as a licensed attorney. Should preferably have considerable knowledge of criminal law of conviction, sentencing, correctional incarceration, and release of prisoners. Considerable knowledge of juvenile law of adjudication, sentencing, incarceration, and release of juvenile offenders is needed. Considerable knowledge of general administrative and regulatory function of State government is required. Considerable knowledge of the method and practices of pleading civil and criminal cases relating to corrections, adult and juvenile is must. Ability to analyze legal documents and instruments, to appraise and organize facts and legal principles and to present evidence or other materials in effective written and oral forms is essential. Experience drafting and analyzing legal instruments, proposed legislation, administrative regulations, legal opinions and contracts is needed. Knowledge of the principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research is must.
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