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Attorney - Civil Mental Health

Phoenix, AZ
Full Time
Job #: 570ATTCVLMNTHLTH101719
About The Position:
The Attorney represents indigent clients when appointed by the court and prepare cases for defense including, but not limited to, presenting such cases in all phases of court proceedings.

This recruitment will fill a current vacancy in the Civil Mental Health Division.

Position Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school.

Other special requirements:
  • License to practice law and member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona.
  • Applications will be accepted from candidates who have passed the Arizona bar examination, or those transferring UBE scores, and are awaiting admission to the bar, but such candidates cannot be hired until admitted.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.

Our preferred candidate has:
  • Two (2) years of experience working with civil commitment proceedings (Rule 11 and Title 36).

Essential Job Tasks
  • Appears in court, represents clients at scheduled hearings and trials.
  • Presents oral arguments as appropriate in support of clients' legal interest.
  • Researches facts and analyzes legal issues using both computerized and printed legal research tools.
  • Composes motions, briefs, correspondence, and other legal documents.
  • Prepares cases for trial by interviewing witnesses, visiting crime scenes and other case-related locations. Reviews evidence on- and off-site.
  • Discusses and presents analyses of legal issues to clients, court personnel and related individuals.
  • Communicates in person and by phone with clients, opposing counsel, co-workers, supervisors, and others.
  • Travels to courts, jails, detention centers, and correctional facilities to effectively represent clients.
  • Attends Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Working conditions:
Job requires ability to work with traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.), interruptions, time pressure, high volumes of work, handling multiple or complicated tasks, unscheduled tasks, frequently changing tasks, accuracy, decision making, concentration / vigilance, teamwork, working in close physical proximity with others, public contact, and overtime / rotating shifts may be a common occurrence. May be required to lift 15-25 pounds from floor to waist; 15 pounds waist to shoulder or shoulder to overhead; carry 15-25 pounds a distance of 100 feet or push / pull 100 pounds a distance of 100 feet. Work requires travel to and from job related locations during the course of a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding the use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Selection Procedure
  • The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
  • All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
  • Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.

Closing Date: 24th October, 2019

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