This Assistant County Attorney I will perform legal services to the Larimer County Department of Human Services (LCDHS) and includes the handling of court and administrative cases such as Dependency and Neglect, Juvenile Delinquency, Child Support, Mental Health, and Adult Protection. Related to these subject matters, the position will train LCDHS staff on the applicable law, and the legal aspects of case preparation and trial/hearing preparation. The position involves frequent court appearances and related case preparations; drafting and filing of legal pleadings; legal research; negotiations; and attendance at meetings with LCDHS staff, counsel representing parents, children, at-risk adults, subjects of child support proceedings, and other parties involved in the litigation of Human Services matters. The County Attorney’s Office has a positive office culture and all applicants must have a cooperative attitude and the ability to professionally interact with clients, co-workers, and court personnel.
Essential Job Duties:
- Provide legal advice to County staff and departments as assigned and with limited direct supervision.
- Research, analyze and interpret legal documents and matters.
- Evaluate routine legal issues; advise appropriate County personnel on recommended or required courses of action; issue legal opinions on behalf of the County; assist County staff and departments with legal inquiries or problems.
- Maintain caseload of pending matters and represent the County’s interests in legal disputes; to include case and trial preparations, witness interviews, discovery, and presenting cases in Court.
- Draft and interpret routine legal documents including opinions, briefs, contracts, reports, correspondence, and other legal and non-legal documents.
- Exercise supervisory responsibilities, including performance appraisal, over assigned staff.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Sufficient knowledge of and skill in statutory interpretation and legal research, analyses and writing.
- Sufficient knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, and procedures regarding any assigned areas of responsibility.
- Organization skills.
- Ability to exercise sound and professional judgment in conformance with County policies and procedures and ethical principles including discretion, critical, insightful, and analytical consideration of issues confronting the County Attorney’s Office and any assigned areas of responsibility.
- Must possess a high level of maturity and a professional approach to issues and problems, must show patience and tolerance when working through the multitude of issues within a fast paced environment.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Juris Doctorate from an accredited institution.
- Must be licensed as an attorney-at-law from the Colorado Supreme Court.
- Must be a member in good standing with the Colorado Bar.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- One-year experience as a practicing attorney in juvenile and/or family law preferred but not required.
- One-year of litigation experience preferred but not required.