Position summary/class descriptions:
Legal work at the highest performance level in the Office of Law under the direction of an administrative superior. Performs advanced level legal work under general supervision from an administrative superior. Work involves complex civil legal work at the highest performance level, and a specialized knowledge and expertise in a particular aspect of the law.

Class description:
Performs mid-management and advanced level legal work under general supervision from an administrative superior. Civil work involves complex legal work at the highest performance level, including the handling of complex civil litigation on behalf of Howard County in Federal and State courts.

Essential duties and responsibilities:
  • Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Provides specialized legal advice to clients in complex matters and represents them in state and federal court.
  • Writes and prepares complex legal opinions and documents.
  • Reviews documents for legal sufficiency.
  • Reviews and drafts departmental and board procedures.
  • Prepares pleadings and legal memoranda in complicated legal cases.
  • Confers with and answers inquiries from County departments, boards and commissions.
  • Appears in the highest state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in complex cases.
  • May supervise legal or support staff.

Minimums required education/experience:
Law Degree from an ABA accredited law school, seven (7) years related experience and membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar.

Preferred qualifications:
  • First-chair jury trial and oral argument appellate experience.
  • Administrative law experience, including advising regulatory officials, prosecuting code enforcement cases, and advising quasi-judicial decision-making bodies.
  • Experience representing local government, including State and federal constitutional law and civil rights principles, governmental immunities, Public Information Act, Open Meetings Act, State and federal pre-emption and regulation, and State-local government relations.
  • Availability for evening work for boards, commissions, and other units of County Government.
  • Familiarity with transactional matters, including procurement, grants, real estate, housing, debt financing, collective bargaining agreements, and the like.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent legal advising, counseling, and advocacy skills.
  • Experience with child welfare/CINA cases and related administrative proceedings.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic, and tactical skills.
  • Ability to focus on the main objectives and the details in legal matters.
  • Ability to work and collaborate as member of professional and collegial legal team.
  • Experience developing and recommending creative legal solutions for public policy objectives.
  • Commitment to public and government service.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, report progress, recognize need for assistance from others, and propose solutions for problems.
  • State or federal judicial clerkship.
  • Excellent law school academic record and work on a law journal.

Closing Date: 25th January, 2019
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