Job Details

Deputy Disciplinary Counsel

Company name

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

May 04, 2021

Valid Through

Aug 17, 2021

Posted on

Mar 05, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 72716 to 95409 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required

Location

Saint Thomas, VI, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - Appellate
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Deputy Disciplinary Counsel
The candidate will receive complaints regarding alleged ethical misconduct by a lawyer or judge, screens complaints of misconduct by a lawyer or judge by assessing whether, "if true," the complaint alleges conduct in violation of the ethical rules applicable to lawyers or judges; dismiss complaints that do not meet the "if true" threshold, meaning there is no allegation of a possible viable case of misconduct by a lawyer or judge in consultation with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Commission, and/or any other panels. Investigates and assists in the prosecution of attorney discipline, judicial discipline, and unauthorized practice of law matters of complaints in accordance with the rules of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. Contacts and interviews witnesses regarding alleged misconduct, and obtaining other evidence, including documents, or statements under oath where beneficial. Issues letters of caution where appropriate to remind lawyers or judges or those engaged in the Unauthorized Practice of Law to be more attentive to obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Code of Judicial Conduct, or other rules governing ethical conduct after consultion with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel and/or Commission or panels. Notifies complainants about the disposition of the complaints, including the ability to seek review of the disposition; file formal charges when directed to do so; obtain and review responses from the subject lawyer or judge to the formal charges that were filed and served; prosecute formal charges, performing legal research, preparing memoranda of law, and preparing opening statements and closing arguments; participate in the hearing by presenting an opening statement, calling witnesses to testify, examining or cross-examining witnesses, presenting a closing argument, and presenting memoranda of law to include legal research, drafting the brief in accordance with the Appellate Court Rules. Prepares for oral arguments before the Supreme Court, including reading the entire record and all briefs, preparing detailed notes, and updating all legal research; engaging in practice; attending and participating in oral arguments before the Supreme Court, including presentation of the case and responding to questions from members of the Court; receiving and reviewing the opinion the Court files following oral argument and deciding whether to seek rehearing. Initiates and prosecutes proceedings before the Boards, Commission and the Supreme Court to enforce orders related to disciplinary proceedings by receiving information on potential noncompliance, reviewing related files and documents, performing legal research, drafting the petition and related documents, filing the petition with the court, reviewing any documents filed in response, preparing a reply if necessary, attending any hearings scheduled before the Supreme Court, engaging in oral arguments before the Court, receiving and reviewing any decision by the Court, and requesting rehearing if necessary. Maintains an appropriate caseload ensuring high quality work. Maintains properly kept records including receipt of complaints, screening, investigation, and filing of formal charges in lawyer discipline; compile statistics to aid in the administration of the system including, but not limited to, a log of all complaints received, investigative files, and statistical summaries of docket processing and case dispositions to include total complaints carried forward from prior year, total complaints received during current year, disposition of each complaint, budget and financial reporting. Engages in discussion and assistance with the IOLTA Board. Initiates filings to the Court for matters related to the Annual Registration Statement and Fees. Maintains the permanent records of discipline, disability, and unauthorized practice matters. Meets with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel regarding matters on pending cases. Represents the Office of Disciplinary Counsel by speaking at and participating in various CLE programs, law schools, bar associations, committees, programs and other local and national professional organizations. Prepare materials and make presentations at seminars, including performing legal research, drafting materials, and drafting PowerPoint presentations, assisting with the preparation of materials, reviewing all materials prepared by other presenters, attending and presenting instruction on various ethics related topics, and evaluating presentations by other presenters. Participate in Professionalism presentations by preparing materials and giving lectures at the Virgin Islands Bar or other law related organizations. Performs all other duties as assigned at the direction of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Commission, or the Supreme Court.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have done Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and member in good standing with the Virgin Islands Bar. A minimum of five(5) years of legal experience trying cases, preparing and arguing appellate cases and management of cases. Some trial, appellate, governmental and disciplinary experience is preferred. Reputation for integrity and no history of disciplinary offenses as an attorney or in any other capacity. Knowledge of the rules of professional conduct and related case law, procedural rules and rules of evidence. Knowledge of the Judicial Branch's mission, policies and operations. Knowledge of federal and state laws, including statutes, rules and caselaw. Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public speaking, drafting correspondence, memoranda or briefs and oral arguments before the Supreme Court or the Commission. Excellent interpersonal and conflict management skills. Proficient in the use of office equipment, including standard computers and computer software. Ability to compile data for reporting purposes and the preparation of complex technical reports. Ability to investigate, analyze, draw valid conclusions and formulate recommendations based on the data. Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply complex technically oriented laws, regulations, rules and policies. Possess innovative problem solving and technology skills, as well as a solution-oriented commitment to continuous quality improvement and implementing enhanced technology efficiencies.

Additional info

Job Number: 201901566. Submit cover letter, a resume, a writing sample, Law School Transcript or Degree, Certificate of Good Standing and Authorization and Release Form-Request for Disciplinary Action.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands
161B Crown Bay
Saint Thomas, VI 00802