Under general supervision, performs professional legal work in the Office of the County Counsel to represent and advise the Board of Supervisors, County officers and departments and certain other public entities on legal issues; represents County agencies in a variety of civil matters; and assists in drafting and/or negotiating contracts, leases, ordinances, resolutions and other legal documents.
The Office of the County Counsel is the general counsel for the County of Santa Clara, including the Board of Supervisors and all County departments and agencies, as well as certain other public entities.
The Office provides all the day-to-day legal services expected from any in-house attorney, including advice and counsel regarding how to navigate emerging areas of law, civil litigation for the County, and negotiation and drafting of contracts and other legal documents.
The Office's attorneys work in a wide array of practice areas, including civil litigation, labor and employment, health and hospital, law and justice, child welfare, probate/conservatorship, workers' compensation, general government advice and transactions, real property and public works, civil and code enforcement, and social justice and impact litigation.
As public law attorneys, our work covers a wide array of policy matters that significantly affect the health, safety, and well-being of the County's 1.9 million residents.
The Office of the County Counsel is recruiting for an attorney in the Office's Child Dependency unit, which represents the County Social Services Agency (SSA), Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) in dependency matters.
An ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas: juvenile dependency law and litigation, including appellate matters; advising social workers and DFCS-type representatives regarding a variety of dependency-related issues, including: dependency investigations, child abuse hotline issues, emergency response investigations, administrative grievance hearings or similar issues; and performing ancillary legal duties as assigned.
Applications must include a resume and a writing sample in order to be submitted.
Typical Tasks Represents and advises one or more County department(s), board(s), committee(s), or County officer(s) and employees on legal issues regarding their powers, functions, jurisdiction, procedures, obligations and operations; Performs legal research on a variety of legal issues pertaining to the interests of the County; Studies, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authorities in preparing contracts, pleadings, ordinances, resolutions, memoranda and opinions; Attends meetings of boards, commissions or other committees to give legal advice; Litigates in both Federal and State Courts; Assists departments and other contacts in preparing documents, such as labor contracts and agreements; May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required; Performs other related duties as required.
Employment Standards Knowledge and abilities consistent with the highest standard of the legal profession and with the level of difficulty and expertise required for the intended appointment.
Membership in the California State Bar is required prior to appointment.
Active membership in good standing of the California State Bar must be maintained throughout employment.
AND Three (3) years of full-time practice experience as an attorney, judicial law clerk, or legal advisor.
Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, codes and regulations applicable to the assigned responsibility; Trial and hearing practices, procedures and rules of evidence; Legal research methods, practices and techniques; General office practices and procedures, such as record keeping practices.
Ability to: Perform legal research; Analyze and apply legal principles and facts to legal issues; Analyze situations accurately and recommend an effective course of action; Exercise good judgment and make sound decisions on legal cases and in dealing with people; Monitor current and proposed legislation relating to assigned responsibility; Write comments or arguments appropriately within a political and sensitive environment; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and colleagues in the performance of required duties.
Closing Date/Time: 9/24/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
County Of Santa Clara