Attorney specialist

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Arkansas Government Job
Summary
The Attorney Specialist is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance to the agency. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Typical Functions
Reviews and analyzes data and documentation related to agency''s legal matters to determine the agency''s position on the issue. Researches case law, state law, and any applicable federal laws related to current legal issues in order to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement or settlement. Writes legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support arguments to facilitate the mediation/litigation process. Analyzes and interprets state and federal laws to determine impact on agency programs. Advises agency management on potential legal issues affecting the agency and offers a legal opinion on actions the agency may take in resolving legal issues. Represents the agency in legal proceedings which may occur in various settings and jurisdictions. Drafts proposed legislation, amendments to current legislation, amendments to agency regulations, and represents the agency at legislative hearings. May supervise a small administrative support staff by assigning and reviewing work and evaluating the performance of the employees. May interview and recommend for hire applicants for agency vacancies. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact finding meetings, advisory meetings, hearings, and/or court proceedings is required. Occasional out-of state travel related to agency legal matters may be required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of state and federal laws. Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state and federal statutes, legal precedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to provide legal guidance and technical assistance to agency''s management and staff. Ability to perform mediation / litigation. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of the administrative support staff.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
Licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus three years of experience practicing law. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Preferred Qualifications
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
Division Name
Office of Chief Counsel
Hiring Official
Sandra Hough
Special Work Condition
Travel required
Special Application Information
Applicant must submit an official transcript by mail as a supplement to applications ONLY FOR FAMILY SERVICE WORKER positions. Transcripts will remain in file for future FAMILY SERVICE WORKER applications.
For all applications submitted for a continuously advertised class code. YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR THIS INFORMATION WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION ON-LINE. This addendum includes your preferences for the county(ies) and divisions you are willing to work. Please list only the counties in which you would be interested in working. Statewide designations will not be accepted.
Continuously advertised classifications, are intended to allow DHS to keep available a pool of qualified applicants should a position open.
Continuous applications will remain on file for 60 days.
All DHS applicants must complete drug screening, as outlined in DHS Policy 1087, prior to being hired.
Applications are prescreened according to the state application, addenda, r sum , transcript, licenses and any other information that you submit. (With the exception of transcripts, do not submit references, certificates, or other documents; bring them to your interview.) Therefore, it is important that you submit complete and accurate information and that you complete the application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. (Include all experience, even if you do not believe that experience to be relevant to the position for which you are applying.) You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.
When submitting your State Application, you may refer to your r sum for the Employment History if your r sum includes all the information requested in the Employment History section of the state application (month and year employment began and ended, weekly hours worked, etc.).
Inadequate completion of your job history will adversely impact your comparison with other candidates.
False, misleading, or incomplete statements may result in disciplinary action and possible termination.
Benefit Package May Include: Health & Life Insurance, Vacation & Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Credit Union Available, Retirement, Career Bonus, and Deferred Compensation.

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