The primary function of this position will be to assist SacRT's Procurement Division with SacRT's procurement activities for supplies, services, and public works project, including providing guidance and advice regarding complex legal issues related to federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidance documents for public procurement
The purpose of this position is to provide legal advice and support for the District in advisory, transactional, litigation and other legal matters. This work is mainly accomplished by gathering and interpreting data, including meeting and correspondence with SacRT staff and third parties to elicit information and discuss relevant concerns about issues, transactions, and litigated matters; conducting legal research; preparing legal analysis, memos, and pleadings; drafting contracts and other documents; preparing materials to be presented to the Board of Directors, courts, and other entities; appearances before state and federal courts and other tribunals; and preparing memoranda, opinions, and recommendations in response to requests for legal advice by SacRT staff.
This is the entry level position in the attorney series with incumbent performing under direct supervision. Incumbent is expected to perform essential functions while learning the procedures and policies of the District and the practice of public law. This class is distinguished from the Attorney II in that the latter is more experienced.
Examples of Duties
- Handles the basic level litigation and transactional matters, which may include tort liability, insurance, procurement, contract, environmental, permit, real property, development, transit, civil rights, labor, personnel, pension, funding, and administrative law issues. Incumbents assist with developing guidelines, procedures and forms; ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations; and advise and assist staff on legal issues. In relationship to litigation assignments, incumbents may evaluate liability; collect and prepare evidence; interview and prepare witnesses; prepare pleadings; conduct and respond to discovery; monitor and direct outside legal counsel; and represent the SacRT in court, mediation/arbitration, and administrative proceedings. In relationship to transactional assignments, incumbents may evaluate liability; review procurement documents; prepare contract for goods, services and construction; review and prepare real property documents; review and prepare other agreements, including collective bargaining agreements and pension plans; review environmental documents; review and prepare labor and personnel-related documents; and monitor and direct outside legal counsel.
- Review, revise, prepare district policies, issue papers, resolutions and ordinances.
- Identify legal issues; conduct legal research; analyze legal issues; discuss issues with supervisor; and prepare draft memorandum and opinions.
- Prepare responses to staff inquiries; work with staff to obtain factual background; conduct and analyze legal research; draft written responses with legal conclusions; conduct appropriate follow-up to ensure resolution and advise staff regarding legal issues including issues which affect organization's exposure to litigation, commercial, and transactional costs and risks, on performance and obligations on construction projects, on matters with direct consequence to organization's receipt, expenditure, and reimbursement of funds, on issues related to District funds, including retirement funds and associated financial obligations; may administer and manage expert consultant contracts.
- A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. SacRT reserves the right to determine the equivalences of education and experience.
- Formal Education: Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from an accredited school of law.
- Substitution of experience for the required education is not accepted.
- Experience: No experience is required.