Nature of Work: Answers directly to the County Attorney. Provides professional legal services of considerable difficulty; provides other legal services as required or assigned. Responsible for difficult professional work of a civil and criminal nature.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Initiates and engages criminal prosecution, and/or initiates, engages, and defends civil litigation, which include investigating facts, analyzing facts, applying legal knowledge, planning trial strategy, consulting parties and expert and lay witnesses, and negotiating and resolving litigation prior to trial. Conducts criminal and civil trails on behalf of county and represents county at administrative and other hearings.
Advises county departments as clients and various law enforcement agencies on civil and criminal matters.
Performs legal research and drafts, reviews and prepares legal documents including motions, petitions, opinions and demands.
Drafts, reviews and prepares appeals and post-conviction relief proceedings.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of county, state and federal law, rules of evidence, criminal and/or civil rules of procedure, administrative rules, rules of court, and office policy and procedure.
Exercises increased authority in decision-making and discretion when advising clients, negotiating and resolving litigation, and in determining alternative courses of action.
Drafts organized legal documents, using proper punctuation and grammar.
Demonstrates ability to handle large volume of cases and/or clients, meet deadlines and prepare for meetings, court proceedings, hearings and trials, demonstrates a thorough knowledge of specific areas of criminal and/or civil areas of practice.
Consistently maintains effective working relationships with civil clients, county departments, law enforcement representatives, victims, other employees, the courts, and the public.
Knowledge and Skills:
Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of relevant legal experience.
Education: Graduation from an accredited law school, admission to State Bar of Arizona.
Interpersonal Skills: Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; ability to analyze and organize factual information and persuasive legal arguments; demonstrate increased knowledge in specific criminal and/or civil areas of practice; engage in independent decision making related to the handling of more complex criminal and/or civil litigation.
Other Skills: Ability to remain in sitting position for extended periods of time.