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City Attorney | Savannah

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Closing date: 10/18/18

Purpose
The primary responsibilities of the city attorney include performing executive and professional level work as legal advisor to the mayor and council, city staff and various boards and commissions of the city, planning and organization of civil litigation, mentoring and evaluation of professional legal staff, performing professional civil legal work in accordance with federal, state, and municipal laws. The city attorney is appointed by, serves at the pleasure of, and reports directly to the mayor and council.

Essential Job Functions

  • Supervises and manages the day-to-day operations of a multi-practice law office, including determinations for the appropriate outsourcing of legal work.
  • Renders oral and written legal opinions to the mayor and council, city manager, and department directors and other city staff as requested.
  • Prepares court papers, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases and other legal documents.
  • Prepares and approves proposed ordinances for consideration by the mayor and council.
  • Reviews the legality and/or sufficiency of contracts, bonds, bids, leases, insurance, and claims.
  • Attends meetings of the city council, and other city agencies, committees and boards as required and renders legal advice as needed.
  • Represents the city in resolving claims, lawsuits and administrative hearings.
  • Serves the city's interests in various contract negotiations.
  • Manages, supervises, and reviews the work of legal and support staff, as well as, managing the office budget, support contracts, etc.
  • Researches, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authority in the preparation of opinions and briefs.
  • Analyzes legislation including proposed state and federal legislation affecting the city.
  • Answers communications from the public relative to municipal ordinances and legal matters affecting the city.
  • Investigates complaints and claims by or against the city.
  • Organizes, interprets, and applies legal principles and knowledge to complex legal problems.
  • Comprehends and makes inferences from written material to provide legal representation and advice.
  • Analyzes narrative and statistical data to make recommendations regarding legal issues affecting the city.
  • Performs other duties as directed by the mayor and aldermen.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctor degree and extensive, at least seven years, experience practicing law, including litigation and contract law, and managerial or supervisory experience. Prefer experience in contract negotiation and drafting, municipal law, development of ordinances and laws, litigation and mediation, real estate transactions, financing transactions and employment and labor law. Must be able to obtain State Bar of Georgia license and membership within six months of employment, and maintain membership as a condition of continued employment. Candidates currently licensed and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia are preferred. This position requires a highly experienced executive level attorney with the experience and ability to manage the hundreds of legal matters which the city encounters each year and to supervise the work of other lawyers both within and outside the city staff.

Special Requirements:

Valid driver's license required. Background investigation, including supervised drug screen, post offer/pre-employment medical screen; and verification of education, certifications and licenses are required prior to employment.

Additional Information

  • Knowledge of city ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws in all areas applicable to municipal government, including employment, labor relations, wages and hours, taxes, workers' compensation, real estate law, torts and litigation, contracts and public bonds.
  • Skill in providing legal services and advice.
  • Skill in maintaining records and files.
  • Skill in operating a computer and conducting online research.
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment.
  • Ability to organize and communicate effectively.

To Apply

Applications must be completed online.

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Judge | State Court of Henry County

The Judicial Nominating Commission is now engaged in the process of receiving names of persons to fill a vacancy on the State Court of Henry County created by the resignation of Hon. James Chafin.

Candidates who interviewed for the most recent Superior Court vacancy within the Flint Judicial Circuit will not be required to reapply. Please advise the Commission if you would like to be considered for this vacancy. See contact information below.

You are invited to submit nominations for this vacancy. Members of the Bar may submit their own name or the names of others. The public is also invited to submit nominations. Such names should be sent to the Commission by Thursday, Oct. 18, by letter addressed to:

Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o Dana McGuire
600 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 3000
Atlanta, GA 30308-2216

by fax to 404-962-6919 or by email to dana.mcguire@troutmansanders.com.

To each person nominated, the Commission will send an application package to be returned for receipt on or before Nov. 1. The Commission will meet to interview applicants sometime after Nov. 12. Applicants will be notified of the time for their interview. All interviews will be held at the State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Commission will select and recommend to Gov. Nathan Deal from among those persons found to be "qualified" or "well qualified" a short list of up to five persons for this position.

For additional information regarding the Commission and the applications process, you may visit jnc.georgia.gov.

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Judge | Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit

The Judicial Nominating Commission is now engaged in the process of receiving names of persons to fill a vacancy on the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit created by the resignation of Hon. Michael Murphy.

You are invited to submit nominations for this vacancy. Members of the Bar may submit their own name or the names of others. The public is also invited to submit nominations. Such names should be sent to the Commission by Thursday, Oct. 18, by letter addressed to:

Judicial Nominating Commission
c/o Dana McGuire
600 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 3000
Atlanta, GA 30308-2216

by fax to 404-962-6919 or by email to dana.mcguire@troutmansanders.com.

To each person nominated, the Commission will send an application package to be returned for receipt on or before Nov. 1. The Commission will meet to interview applicants sometime after Nov. 12. Applicants will be notified of the time for their interview. All interviews will be held at the State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Commission will select and recommend to Gov. Nathan Deal from among those persons found to be "qualified" or "well qualified" a short list of up to five persons for this position.

For additional information regarding the Commission and the applications process, you may visit jnc.georgia.gov

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Senior Staff Attorney | Superior Court of Fulton County

** This is a time-limited benefit eligible position (duration: 6 months - 1 year)**

Salary: $76,660

Closing date: 10/19/18

Job Summary
Conducts legal research, drafts court orders and memoranda, advises the judge on legal issues as required. Functions as part of a career track three person team of cross trained court professionals responsible for assisting a trial court judge in litigation processing and docket management.

Essential Duties

  • The staff attorney performs legal research and drafts proposed orders for an assigned judge. Provides legal advice and opinions to judges and court staff. Prepares legal summaries of facts and arguments for cases brought before the court.
  • Drafts legal memoranda, proposed orders and jury charges on court cases and specific points of law as required by the assigned judge. Reviews legal opinions and various legal publications for research purposes.
  • Stays current on relevant laws, regulations, and court processes and procedures. Provides legal analysis of appellate opinions, motions, jury charges and court documents, and monitors for compliance with established court rules and procedures.
  • Applies training and experience to caseload to identify and ensure emergency issues are addressed in a timely and appropriate manner. Supervises other court personnel within chambers at the discretion of the assigned judge.
  • Provides information, guidance and direction to attorneys, patrons of the court, other court employees and other agency representatives regarding applicable case management policies and procedures. Provides information to attorneys and other concerned parties regarding cases on court calendar.
  • Trial judges responsible for litigation processing and docket management are supported by a three person team of court professionals. Team members provide lead direction and guidance to lawyers and litigants navigating the litigation process before the judge. The team functions collaboratively to facilitate orderly case management and court proceedings, including analyzing and prioritizing the flow of work relating to all case types comprising a judicial caseload.
  • Areas of primary responsibility are divided among team members as determined by the judge. As part of the litigation and docket management support unit, the staff attorney may assist in case flow and litigation process management, including scheduling, caseload progression analysis, development and implementation of strategies and procedures for management of the docket from case filing to disposition across case types or with respect to specific aspects of the litigation process such as motions practice.

Qualifications
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Requires knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of civil and criminal procedure as well as substantive areas of criminal, civil, juvenile and family law. Techniques used to conduct legal research. Court practices and procedures. Legal practices and procedures related to area of assignment. Legal terminology. Principles and practices of legal document preparation. Knowledge of theories, principles and practices of differentiated case management. General office practices, procedures, equipment and technology including court-specific software.
  • Requires skill in: Organizing and prioritizing substantive legal work. Reviewing and evaluating legal sufficiency and soundness of submissions to the court from litigants. Applying legal principles and theories to unique factual circumstances. Efficient, timely analysis of complex legal issues across multiple areas of substantive law. Conducting effective legal research and drafting sound legal documents. Identifying and investigating the facts of legal matters. Using spreadsheet, database, word processing, presentation, financial/accounting and other software to gather, organize, analyze and present information. Resolving problems and making decisions. Functioning collaboratively as part of a judicial litigation/docket management team to include, understanding and applying recognized principles and techniques of differentiated case management. Understanding and using Court-specific computer applications to manage court processes, gather and analyze statistics, and create reports. Maintaining confidentiality.  Building sustainable working relationships with other County personnel, officials and the public. Communicating effectively orally and in writing with judges, coworkers, litigants, lawyers and the public.

Education and Experience
Juris Doctorate degree required; and three or more years of experience practicing law (at least one year lead or supervisory experience is preferred).

Licensing Requirements
Member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. May require a valid Georgia driver’s license.

Physical Requirements
Work is typically performed in an office-like environment. May work in high conflict situations and with difficult, sometimes dangerous parties. Positions in this class typically require sitting, standing, mobility, fingering, lifting, carrying, driving, talking, hearing and seeing.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Performance Metrics
Factor 1: Decision-Making
Interpretive: There is choice in determining the tactical plans, processes, budget and staffing to achieve objectives established by a higher management level. Establishes what is to be done in similar circumstances in the future. Results will be applied by other courts.

Factor 2: Complexity
Formative: Evaluates the relevance and importance of theories, concepts and principles, and tailors them to develop a different approach or tactical plan to fit specific circumstances.

Factor 3: Purpose of Contact
Negotiate/Defend: Purpose is to defend, argue or justify an agency's position as an official representative in formal hearings or court.

Factor 4: Line/Staff Authority
Staff Authority: Influences through direct impact within agency boundaries.

To Apply
Please upload resume, cover letter and most recent legal writing sample to the website.

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Judicial Law Clerk | Superior Court of Floyd County | Rome Judicial Circuit

Location: Rome, Ga.

Salary: A salary is set and provided by the state of Georgia, with a small supplement from Floyd County. Total compensation is approximately $44,616. Benefits are provided and/or available through the state of Georgia.

Job Description
The judicial law clerk will work with the four Superior Court judges of the Rome Judicial Circuit. Assignments will include legal research and writing, preparation of proposed orders, reviewing pro se divorce petitions, and attending court proceedings. The Superior Court is a court of general jurisdiction, and the judicial law clerk will work in all areas of the law. The length of the position typically is one year. This is a state of Georgia position.

Qualifications
Law school graduate who has passed or sat for the bar examination.

To Apply:
Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Court Administrator
Floyd County Superior Court
3 Government Plaza, Suite 326
Rome, GA 30161

or email hartp@floydcountyga.org.

The position is open until filled.

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Current U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies

Visit the U.S. Department of Justice website to search current attorney vacancies. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; however, please note that due to temporary funding restrictions the U.S.D.O.J. may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.

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