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Staff Attorney The candidate: Advises Department of Child Services staff on various program and legal areas as assigned; Drafts and reviews contracts and correspondence; Serves as a liaison to the Attorney General on litigation and tort claims matters; Drafts and reviews legislation and administrative rules; Performs legal research and writing assignments; Provides general legal support for Office of General Counsel; Oversees contract process for local office attorneys; Conducts legal trainings for Family Case Managers, attorneys and others as requested; Litigates Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights cases in State Courts representing the agency in such actions; Handles administrative matters and hearings as assigned; Organizes and manages caseload in preparation of hearings and/or litigation; Generates appropriate pleadings, motions and discovery, and responses; Delegates to and provides support for any legal support staff; Drafts appeals and appellate briefs; May be required to participate in committees, groups or teams such as screen out committees; May be required serve as local counsel for the Indiana Office of Attorney General on assigned cases; Performs other duties as assigned. Should preferably have admission to the Indiana State Bar. Doctorate of Jurisprudence is essential. Indiana Bar Admission; license in good standing is needed. Must have strong legal research, writing and litigation skills. Should have strong communication and public speaking skills.
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