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Staff Attorney

Company: SUPERIOR COURT OF KINGS
Location: Hanford
Posted on: October 27, 2019

Job Description:

Staff AttorneyJOB OPPORTUNITY:The Superior Court of California, County of Kings, is seeking to fill one Staff Attorney I/II. The level ofclassification upon hire is within the discretion of the Court based on the candidate---s qualifications.ABOUT THE POSITION:Under direction, this professional level position performs a wide range of complex legal research andanalysis duties in assistance to judicial officers hearing all case types. This professional level positionmay also be asked to perform research and drafting duties in assistance to the administration of thecourt.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:The Staff Attorney I is the entry level of the Staff Attorney classification series, reporting to the StaffAttorney II. The Staff Attorney I is distinguished from the Staff Attorney II in that the latter performsthe more difficult and complex legal duties and/or may serve as a lead worker, mentoring andcoordinating the duties of attorneys and other legal staff. Staff Attorney I and Staff Attorney II areestablished as Exempt positions.EMPLOYMENT AT-WILL:The Staff Attorney I and Staff Attorney II classifications are established as ---At-Will--- positions and, assuch, the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Judicial Officers. The Court Executive Officer hasthe right to terminate the employment of any incumbent in the position of Staff Attorney I or StaffAttorney II at any time, with or without advance notice and with or without cause.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Examples of duties performed by the Staff Attorney I include, but are not limited to, the following:Researches, analyzes and formulates recommended policies, procedures and forms related tospecified Court proceedings and recurring issues at the request of Judges, Judicial Committees andSuperior Court of the State of CaliforniaCounty of KingsCourt Administration; reviews and summarizes evidence, procedural history and legal contentions inmatters on Civil, Criminal and Presiding Judge's law and motion calendars, appellate calendar andmandate calendar in civil and criminal trial and post-trial motions, in coordinated proceedings, injuvenile court and family law proceedings, in habeas corpus petitions and in time credits andsentencing matters; reviews and summarizes evidence, procedural history and legal contentions inmatters on decedent estate, trust, conservatorship, guardianship, Lanterman Petris and Short (LPS)proceedings and other protected proceedings; researches legal authorities, including statutory andcase law of California, other states, federal and foreign jurisdictions, treaties, and other internationallaws and legislative history using traditional and computerized legal research methods; confers withcourt investigators in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings when necessary; attends courthearings upon request of assigned judicial officer, prepares summary for each calendared matteridentifying and analyzing factual and legal issues, and recommending disposition; preparesmemorandum for each matter, summarizing background, identifying and analyzing factual and legalissues and recommending disposition; orally briefs judges on research and analysis pertaining tomatters in Superior Court cases; responds to Judges' queries on procedural and substantive issuesduring trials and pre-trial hearings, including in limine motions, evidentiary objections, juryinstructions, status of case authorities cited by counsel and points of substantive law; and,communicates orally and in writing with attorneys, other agencies, unrepresented parties and inmatesregarding matters pending before the Court; drafts rulings in Superior Court cases, including minuteorders, formal orders, tentative decisions, statements of decision and judgments. (Essential dutiesmay vary from position to position within classifications. Reasonable accommodation will be madewhen requested and determined by the Court to be appropriate under applicable law. This positionmay be assigned any other duties as determined and assigned by the Court Executive Officer or hisdesignee).In addition, both the Staff Attorney I and Staff Attorney II positions will be expected to participate inthe court---s temporary judge program. The conditions for appointment are set forth in Rule 2.812(b) ofthe California Rules of Court, and the education and training requirements are found in Rule 2.812(c).MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education: Graduation from an accredited School of Law.Experience: Active, valid membership in the California State Bar. Applicants for the Staff Attorney Iposition must have at least two (2) years experience in public law, civil and criminal legal practice,including performing legal research and developing legal opinions. Applicants for the Staff Attorney IIposition must have at least three (3) years of similar experience.Knowledge of: Legal principles, practices, methods and materials of legal research and analysis;Government Code and other California statutes related to Superior Court processes and Rules ofCourt; principles of civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law and their application; legalterms, procedures, forms and documents used in court cases.Ability to: Use traditional and computerized legal research methods (Lexis Advance); research,analyze and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to specific legal problems; analyze andappraise a variety of legal documents; research legal issues and present clear and logical argumentsand statements of fact and law; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with thosecontacted during the course of work; communicate effectively orally and in writing. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:Must possess a valid California Class ---C--- driver---s license. Ability to qualify for a security clearancethrough fingerprinting, traffic and criminal record background investigation, random drug testing andregular TB testing. Ability to sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manualdexterity; eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to twenty (20) pounds; verbalcommunication; use of office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copier and faxmachine. Travel may be required outside of Kings County for outlying court work site visits, attendmeetings, conferences, and trainings.BENEFITS:The Court offers a benefit package to its regular full-time employees (pro-rated if not hired at thebeginning of the plan year) which include 13 Court approved holidays; accrued sick/vacation (accrualbased on hours worked, minimum 2 weeks/year); a Flexible Benefit Plan to purchase a variety ofhealth insurance plans and related benefits such as Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, VisionInsurance, Deferred Compensation, Administrative Leave, Medical Reimbursement, Dependent CareReimbursement, Life Insurance, Cancer Policy, and Short-term/Long-term Disability. A RetirementPlan is provided [2% at age 62] through California Public Employees Retirement System [P.E.R.S.].A Classic P.E.R.S. Member Retirement Plan is offered [2% at age 55] only if the employee does nothave a six-month break in service as a previous CalPERS member or retirement plan member that isreciprocal with P.E.R.S. An Employee Assistance Program is also provided.THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF KINGS, IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.APPLICANTS SHALL NOT BE FAVORED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION,GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, CITIZENSHIP, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, PHYSICAL DISABILITY,MENTAL DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENETIC INFORMATION, UNION ACTIVITY,POLICTICAL AFFILIATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.
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