The Legal Services Specialist is responsible for performing legal research, preparing and filing legal documents, maintaining legal files, and coordinating legal section/office activities. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions Researches law from statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treatises, codes and constitutions, and prepares legal memos, briefs, motions and other pleadings for review, approval and use by agency attorneys. Coordinates the activities of a legal section/office as directed by supervisor. Prepares drafts of new or amended legislation or regulations pertinent to the agency's mission.
Investigates issues and situations, gathers facts and evidence, conducts interviews with affected employee(s) and witnesses, and provides documentation to assist attorneys in preparation for investigations. Provides technical assistance to agency personnel in analysis, interpretation and application of laws, rules, regulations and agency policies. Files legal documents as directed by the Attorney Supervisor in the appropriate court(s). Establishes and maintains legal reference files.
May serve as lead worker by providing training, establishing work plans, and reviewing work performed to ensure technical accuracy and compliance. Performs other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols.
Knowledge of legal terminology. Knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession. Knowledge of investigative standards, procedures, and techniques.
Ability to perform legal research. Ability to analyze legal documents for accuracy and content. Ability to handle confidential information.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with agency staff andother relevant legal and agency contacts. Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a bachelors degree in political science, public administration, general business or a related field; plus one year of experience in legal research activities or a related field.
Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Preferred Qualifications Preferred qualifications include extensive experience in a legal assistant/paralegal position especially within criminal law office or environment.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Agency Specific Information THE COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. MINORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
State Of Arkansas