Oct. 24, 2014
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Superior Court of California

County of Calaveras

SENIOR ATTORNEY

 

POSITION DEFINITION:

 

Under minimal direction, this professional management –level classification provides legal support to the court; advises the court on legal aspects of administrative and operational issues; performs difficult and complex legal work; serves as the judge pro tem; provides oversight of individuals or agencies having professional contracts wit the court; and may direct the work of subordinate staff.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

 

This is a management level court classification that serves at the pleasure of the judges and under the general direction of the judges and Court Executive Officer. Incumbents spend a substantial portion of their time performing legal research for the most difficult cases and providing legal advice on issues of court administration. This class is distinguished from other attorney positions in that it provides direction and supervision to other research staff, if any, and has oversight responsibility for contract employees providing professional services.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:

This class receives general direction from the Presiding Judge and Court Executive Officer and may supervise attorneys and/or other court staff.

 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

 

            1. Employee must have general knowledge of:

  1. Legal principles and precedents and their application.
  2. Statutory and constitutional law of the State of California.
  3. Principals of civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law.
  4. The principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research and writing.
  5. Court administration legislation, rules, policies and procedures.
  6. Employment law
  7. Contract and procurement law
  8. Computer assisted research skill.

2. Employee must have the ability to:

  1. Present statements of fact and law and argue clearly and logically in written and oral form.
  2. Define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and make appropriate recommendations.
  3. Prepare clear and concise memoranda, summarize legal issues and precedents.
  4. Effectively represent the court in contacts with the public, attorneys, law enforcement agencies and other government jurisdictions.
  5. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

3.   Employee must have and maintain the following certifications / licenses:

  1. Member in good standing of the State Bar of California
  2. Possession of a current and valid California driver’s license.

4.   Employee must not contribute to or create a hostile work environment:

  1. Employee shall not engage in any activity that unreasonably interferes with the performance of any other employee, such as sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination or any other behavior that unduly demeans or intimidates another employee.
  2. As an essential function of this position, the employee must be able to handle high levels of stress satisfactorily and be congenial with other employees, court professionals and the public.

 

5.   Employee must have the following minimum experience or training:

Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required level of knowledge, abilities and certification is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Active membership in the State Bar of California and four (4) years experience in private or public service law practice, corporation or government agency with an emphasis on trial and research, or as a research attorney with a California Court.

 

6.   Employee must fulfill the following special requirements:

Frequently stand and walk or otherwise move within the court; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; corrected vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including computers, telephones, calculators copiers and FAX machines.

As an essential function of this position, the employee must be able to handle high levels of stress satisfactorily and be congenial with other employees, judicial offices, supervisors, subordinates, outside contractors and other agency personnel.

 

TYPICAL DUTIES:

 

Depending on assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Researches, analyzes and interprets existing laws and ordinances, court decisions, pending legislation and other legal authorities; utilizes traditional research tools as well as on-line research, CD-ROM and the Internet.
  • Prepares written memoranda for judges on a variety of issues and proceedings, including civil, criminal, family law, probate and juvenile.
  • Serves as judge pro tem in case management conferences, settlement conferences, trial readiness conferences and other proceedings as appointed by the presiding judge.
  • Provides legal research and advice on matters of court administration, including but not limited to legislative changes, Administrative Office of the Court directives, policies, practices and procedures of the Clerk of the Court, personnel and labor related issues and other issues of  court administration; monitors litigation involving the court and its employees; reviews and prepares contracts; provides advise on procurement policies and procedures.
  • Provides oversight of the Family Law Facilitator and other professional contracts.
  • Confers with judges, attorneys, court staff and the public on procedural matters and legal issues.
  • Confers with other attorneys and other agencies regarding legal matters.
  • Provides supervision and direction to subordinate research staff, if any, including imposition of disciplinary action, recommendation for promotion or termination, and preparation of performance evaluations.
  • May be responsible for the oversight of one or more court programs as assigned.
  • Meets regularly with the judges of the court to obtain information regarding operational problems; develops practices and procedures that effectively serve the bench.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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