Superior Court of California, Riverside County
If you are looking for rewarding work in the judiciary, the Riverside Superior Court has a place for you!
We have a leadership opportunity for an Assistant General Counsel located at the Historic Court in downtown Riverside, CA. This position will report directly to the Chief Deputy of Legal Services/ General Counsel and is responsible for providing a diverse range of legal services countywide, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. We are seeking candidates who have experience providing advice and counsel to judicial officers, executives, and management as well as assisting with the facilitation of court litigation related matters.
The ideal candidate will possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited college or university and have six (6) years of increasingly responsible professional level legal experience that included litigation or legal research in support of administrative matters, or any combination of training and experience that could provide the desired knowledge and abilities. Experience with an emphasis on arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution is preferred. Current active membership in the State Bar of California including maintaining compliance with mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements.
Definition and Class Characteristics
The Assistant General Counsel is a single at-will position that reports directly to the Chief Deputy of Legal Services/ General Counsel and is responsible for assisting the Chief Deputy of Legal Services/General Counsel in providing a diverse range of legal services countywide and managing countywide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. The position supports all levels of court management, the Presiding Judge, judicial officers, Court Executive Officer, court staff, and committees. In the absence of the Chief Deputy of Legal Services/ General Counsel, the Assistant General counsel will provide oversight of the Managing Attorneys as well as facilitation of court litigation matters.
The Assistant General Counsel classification requires seasoned judgment and a high degree of initiative and independence. Incumbent operates within a broad framework and exercises substantial latitude and discretion to ensure effective representation of the court’s interests in all areas. The Assistant General Counsel is distinguished from the Chief Deputy of Legal Services/General Counsel classification in that the incumbent typically performs legal services at the discretion of the later classification. Although the Assistant General Counsel’s scope of work is narrower than that of the later classification, the work itself is broad in scope.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Performs a wide range of complex legal services including, but not limited to, conducting legal research on legal issues for which there may be no legal precedent and provides legal advice or recommendations.
Reviews orders from the Court of Appeal and makes recommendations regarding requests for briefing; monitors and assists in preparing comments on proposed legislation, regulations, and rule changes.
Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice and/or opinion to assist in facilitating decisions.
Handles time-sensitive matters such as judicial disqualifications and ethics questions, reviews subpoenas, drafts and issues legal opinions and documents, including but not limited to requests made pursuant to California Rule of Court 10.500.
Provides legal analysis and opinion relating to a variety of ethical issues including but not limited to questions surrounding self-recusal.
Conducts time sensitive analysis, research, review, and drafting of legal documents in response to judicial officer disqualifications, including but not limited to Code of Civil Procedure Sections 170.1 and 170.3 and 170.6.
Manages, plans, designs and implements an effective program for the administration of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services and information materials; works to develop a cohesive ADR community outreach with bar associations, the County of Riverside and other program partners; educate attorneys and litigants about ADR work with ADR support staff to ensure accurate and comprehensive content of website information.
Provides legal guidance and assistance regarding judicial disqualifications and other judicial ethical issues including conducting training for judicial officers and staff.
Supervises the development and maintenance of any panels of ADR, service providers maintained by the court and works to grow resources; review mediation panel applications.
Attends and participates in professional meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovation in the field of law and court administration, and performs other related duties as assigned
Performs full supervisory duties, including hiring and training staff, assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, participating in disciplinary actions and resolving employee grievances.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible professional level legal experience that included litigation or legal research in support of administrative matters or any combination of training and experience that could provide the desired knowledge and abilities. Experience with an emphasis on arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution is preferred.
Special Requirements: Current active membership in the State Bar of California including maintaining compliance with mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements.
License or Certifications: Active Membership on the California State Bar Association in good standing.
This position requires a valid California Driver License to perform the essential functions of the job. Incumbents are required to meet the Court’s guidelines as established within the Court Vehicle Policy. Failure to meet the requirements may lead to immediate termination.
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of management practices and techniques, organizational planning and analysis, personnel, project planning and supervision; legal research methods and techniques; state and local rules and regulations impacting court operation; rules of evidence; scope and role of local court rules and procedures; conduct of proceedings in trial, appellate and United States courts; bar association ethics; judicial ethics; case management, processing and calendaring practices within the local judicial system.
Ability to: Provide advice and/or opinion based on sound legal research. Make sound, quick, and effective decisions. Be flexible and maintain a cooperative attitude in the course of performing work assignments. Identify and analyze legal issues; research statutes and case law; conduct independent research of legal issues; apply legal principles; prepare and present legal analyses and recommendations for action orally and in writing; prepare recommendations on procedural and substantive legal issues; handle sensitive matters with finesse and discretion; work under pressure to deal with emergencies; tolerate frequent interruptions; coordinate work with others; listen to argument/discussion and understand underlying problem/question; recognize and respect limit of authority and responsibility; adhere to the bar association ethics guidelines; advises on judicial ethics; work in an environment with conflicting priorities; use of a computer for legal research, word processing and communication.
Computer Skills: Use of computer and various software utilized to perform legal research, draft memos and recommendations, create reports, and other documents.
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Physical Demands: Strength, dexterity, coordination and vision to use a keyboard and video display terminal for long periods of time. Hearing and speaking ability to communicate clearly on the telephone and at a public counter. Standing for extended periods of time. Dexterity and coordination to handle files and single pieces of paper; occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 25 lbs. such as files, stacks of papers, reference and other materials. Moving from place to place within an office; some reaching for items on high shelves and above and below desk level.
Work Environment: Generally clean work environment with limited exposure to conditions such as dust fumes, odors or noise. Computer display terminal is used on a daily basis. Employees in this class may be required to arrange transportation for field travel and/or use their personal vehicle.
Clarifying Statement: This job description will be reviewed periodically and responsibilities may change with business necessity. This job description is not intended and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with this job.
Unit: Senior Management
FLSA Status: Exempt At-Will
Reports to: Chief Deputy of Legal Services/General Counsel
Pay Scale ID / Level: AGC / 12
Amount of Travel Required: 10-20%
Work Schedule: M – F Min. 8 hrs. per day
Positions Supervised: Legal Administrative Assistant
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