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Attorney Specialist
Agency: Arkansas Agriculture Department
Office: Administration
Section: Legal
Date Posted: 08/06/2020
Posting Expires: None
Summary
The Attorney Specialist is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance to the agency. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
Reviews and analyzes data and documentation related to agencys legal matters to determine the agencys position on the issue. Researches case law, state law, and any applicable federal laws related to current legalissues in order to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement orsettlement. Writes legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support arguments to facilitate themediation/litigation process. Analyzes and interprets state and federal laws to determine impact on agency programs. Advises agency management on potential legal issues affecting the agency and offers alegal opinion on actions the agency may take in resolving legal issues. Represents the agency in legal proceedings which may occur in various settings andjurisdictions. Drafts proposed legislation, amendments to current legislation, amendments to agencyregulations, and represents the agency at legislative hearings. May supervise a small administrative support staff by assigning and reviewing work andevaluating the performance of the employees. May interview and recommend for hireapplicants for agency vacancies. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact finding meetings, advisory meetings,hearings, and/or court proceedings is required. Occasional out-of state travel related to agency legal matters may be required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of state and federal laws. Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state and federal statutes, legalprecedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to provide legal guidance and technical assistance to agency's management andstaff. Ability to perform mediation / litigation. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of the administrative support staff.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus three years of experience as a practicing attorney in the public or private sector. CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license. 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
Experience in real estate and real property law.
General knowledge of agriculture.
Background in municipal finance and public construction.
Knowledge of agriculture and environmental law.
Knowledge of Arkansass Freedom of Information Act.
Familiarity with United States Department of Agriculture conservation and grant programs.
Familiarity with the National Flood Insurance Program.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
Job Details
Position No.: 22087644
Class Code: G047C
Grade: GS11
Salary Range: $62,531.00 - $90,670.00 per year
Background
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Yes
Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Little Rock
Job County/Region: Pulaski
Contact Information
Contact name: Wade Hodge
Phone: 501/219-6361
Email: wade.hodge@agriculture.arkansas.,gov
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