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Deputy County Counsel - Juvenile Dependency The candidate will work in the Juvenile Dependency Division of the Office of County Counsel and represents the Health and Human Services Agency in all juvenile dependency matters. Performs legal research, prepares legal documents, and is responsible for the preparation and trial of juvenile dependency proceedings. Acts as a legal advisor for County departments, boards and commissions, school districts, or special districts as assigned by County Counsel. May prosecute and defend civil and administrative actions on behalf of officers and employees of assigned County departments or districts. Performs legal research on all aspects of local government law. Prepares and renders verbal or written opinions concerning department powers, functions, jurisdiction, authority, procedures, and matters of civil law. Drafts memoranda, correspondence, ordinances, resolutions, and contracts. Acts as legal advisor and represents County departments or districts on a variety of legal issues. May assist clients in drafting proposed legislation. May handle civil cases from trial through appeal. May prepare and try juvenile dependency cases; represent the Health and Human Service Agency (HHSA) in advocating for best interest of children through court proceedings to determine placement, custody, and other matters. Provides responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information in a courteous, efficient and timely manner. Should have knowledge of: Legal principles, legal research, and trial techniques; State and federal statutory and case law applicable to public entities in California; Rules and procedures for California and federal Courts; San Diego County Charter, Code of Regulator Ordinances, Administrative Code, and related authorities; Telephone, office, and online etiquette; County customer service objectives and strategies; Basic computer operation and software programs such as legal research, word processing, and electronic mail; Current technology and trends in the profession. Must have skills and abilities to: Read, understand, interpret and communicate legal issues to both attorneys and lay people; Advocate the interests of the County and other clients in meetings, court and administrative hearings; Thoroughly analyze and research legal issues and take all facts and findings into consideration; Interpret and apply cases, statutes, regulations, legal principles, and government policies and practices; Prioritize and organize workload and complete a large number of work assignments that have strict timelines; Communicate effectively in writing, in a clear, concise, sound, logical, and thorough manner when preparing opinions, briefs, reports, correspondence, or other written communications of a legal nature; Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in stressful situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy; Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies, and members of the public with courtesy and respect. Assess the customerâ€™s immediate needs and ensure customerâ€™s receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral. Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service. Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations. Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds. Active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California is essential. Experience with a public entity representing public boards and commissions, preparing and trying public entity lawsuits, and drafting ordinances and public contracts is highly desirable. Required licenses, certifications and registrations must be maintained throughout employment in this class. Closing Date: 08/17/18.
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