Under general supervision, the Attorney III will provide professional legal services and representation for the assigned county office, area adoption office, area Intensive Foster Care and Clinical Services (IFCCS) office, and region Day Care Licensing office, including representation in Family Court on issues relative to child protection, foster care, adoption, adult protection and economic services.
Timely conducts case staffing meetings for the purpose of analyzing the legal status of cases and otherwise advising staff on agency legal matters. Prepares case for court by conducting and responding to discovery, interviewing, and preparing witnesses and reviewing agency documentation and reports from other sources.
Represent the agency in all matters pertaining to emergency or non-emergency removal of children and vulnerable adults, termination of parental rights, inspection warrants, in-home protective services, permanency planning, judicial review of children or adults receiving services and any appeals resulting from such actions.
Timely prepare, files and serves or ensures the timely preparation, filing and service of all pleadings, motions, orders, notices, rules to show cause, and other court documents related to representation of the agency in legal actions. Pleadings and proposed orders shall include all determinations required by state and federal law.
Compile with agency policy, state and federal law regarding the provision of notice of legal proceedings to appropriate parties to agency actions.
Compile with agency policy, state and federal law with respect to representing the agency in permanency planning hearings and termination of parental rights.
Utilize or ensures the utilization of the Legal Case Management System for legal operations and documentation of legal activity in cases.
Establish and maintain professional network and attends training sessions in order to enhance individual professionalism. Reviews legislation, statutory changes, and case law decisions and advises staff about the law. Participates in regular agency meetings to discuss and analyze outcomes and determine areas needed for improvement.
Minimum and Additional Requirements
A Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school and three (3) years of experience as a practicing attorney.
Special Requirements: Must be a Member of the South Carolina Bar.
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience as approved by the Division of State Human Resources.
Working knowledge of the laws of South Carolina. Considerable knowledge of state and federal law relating to children and family services and of general statutory law, case law, and common law. Ability to interpret and apply law and judicial decisions. Ability to analyze and synthesize facts, evidence and legal theory and to understand and craft legal pleadings, discovery, and proposed orders. Ability to express arguments and conclusions clearly and logically. Ability to supervise paralegal staff.
Closing Date: 16th January, 2019
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