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Attorney II

Company: Judicial Council of California
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

The Judicial Council of California is accepting applications for the position of Attorney II for the Center for Families, Children and the Courts.Under the direction of a Supervising Attorney, the Attorney II acts as staff counsel to the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness (PAF) and provides legal research, analysis, and expertise on issues addressing racial, gender, and implicit bias; equal, physical, economic, and language access to the courts; and services for self represented litigants. The Attorney II is primarily responsible for supporting the work of the advisory committee by drafting reports, recommendations, rules, and forms; managing and implementing the committee's annual agenda projects, in coordination with the Language Access Subcommittee, ad hoc committee working groups, and assigned staff; researching legal issues associated with the committee's projects or initiatives; monitoring and analyzing legislation for the advisory committee on issues of access and fairness affecting the courts; assisting the advisory committee in formulating branch-wide policy on access and fairness issues affecting the courts; advising the advisory committee as to its purview and judicial council mandates; presenting the advisory committee's recommendations to the council's internal committees and the council; and acting as subject-matter resource for the education division and outside groups and organizations that work with the council or the committee on various access and fairness projects and initiatives. The position must maintain expertise as a statewide expert and resource to the judicial branch on matters including access for self represented litigants, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts for the judicial branch. The incumbent should be capable of working independently with minimal supervision of day-to-day tasks.The Judicial Council strives for work life balance and includes substantial vacation and holiday time. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package including pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending, up to $130 per month reimbursement for qualifying commuting cost, and retirement savings plans. In San Francisco, the office is only a 7-minute walk from the Civic Center BART station in downtown San Francisco. In Sacramento, the office is located minutes from downtown, just north of Discovery Park.The successful candidate will be expected to work in the San Francisco or Sacramento office. However, hybrid schedules may be available from a California residence during the duration of the agency's Hybrid Work Pilot Program through 2022.Responsibilities
Serve as staff counsel to the Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness. Manage, oversee, and implement the committee's annual agenda projects and initiatives approved by the Judicial Council, in coordination with the Language Access Subcommittee, ad hoc working groups, and assigned council staff. Consult with the committee cochairs regarding transmittal and implementation of policy developed by the advisory committee to the judicial council, its internal committees or the executive office. Travel to meetings and conferences of the State Bar, and other events relevant to the access and fairness issues that affect or are relevant to the judicial branch. Draft reports, judicial resource manuals, and provide subject-matter review for legal benchguides and other training materials developed by the Education Division Provide legal expertise to courts and Judicial Council related to access, fairness, and diversity, equity and inclusion including development of rules and forms under the direction of the Advisory Committee. Responds to requests from courts for input, technical assistance, training, and information on fairness issues. Conduct legal analysis of current and pending legislation and draft legal opinions and memos. Conduct legal research and provide expertise in specific areas as may be required. Serves as subject matter expert on matters of diversity, equity and inclusion. Collaborates and coordinates with the State Bar, California Lawyers Association, California Judges Association, or local bar associations or judicial affinity groups to further branch goal to increasing fairness and diversity in the judicial branch. Provides ongoing outreach, updates to content and material for the Pathways to Judicial Diversity online toolkit. Provides Judicial Officer Demographics presentations on judicial diversity with updated annual statistics to branch partners and stakeholders. Serves as subject matter expert on services to self-represented litigants including digital services. Consult on legal topics with CFCC Attorney for Digital Services on branch content related to increasing access to self-represented litigants on the web. Consult on legal topics with other relevant advisory bodies on recommendations to improve access for self-represented litigants, including in the areas of family, civil, small claims, and traffic. Qualifications
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCEJuris Doctor, and three (3) years of relevant post-bar legal experience as a practicing attorney.After passing the state bar, work experience as a Law Clerk to a federal judge prior to formal state bar admission will be considered qualifying experience.LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONSCurrent active membership with the State Bar of California prior to hire.Other Information
Please note: if you are selected for hire, verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work in the United States will be required.How To Apply
To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00 P.M. on September 20, 2022 . This position requires the submission of our official application, a resume and a response to the supplemental questions.To complete the online application, please click the Apply for Job button.The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation. Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (415) 865-4272.Supplemental Questions
To better assess the qualifications of each applicant, we will review your responses to the following questions. Please indicate for which employer you performed these functions. Your answers should not exceed a total of three pages. Please provide your date of admission to the State Bar of California This position requires extensive research, analysis and writing on legal issues in a way that can be understood by self-represented litigants. Please describe your experience in performing comparable work. Please describe your area(s) of legal expertise and how that knowledge and experience would position you to excel in performing the responsibilities of this position. Describe how your past present or future activities have or will contribute to the Judicial Council's commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion or have shaped your perspective on this issue. Do you have any other employment by the State of California that is not already provided on your application? If yes, please list the specific departments or agencies for which you worked. If you have no prior state service, please state "none."Pay and Benefits
$12,248 - $14,695 per month (Starting Salary: $12,248 per month) Some highlights of our benefits package include: Health/Dental/Vision benefits program 13 paid holidays per calendar year Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave 1 personal holiday per year Up to $130 per month reimbursement for qualifying commuting costs CalPERS Retirement Plan 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans Employee Assistance Program Basic Life and AD&D Insurance FlexElect Program Pretax Parking Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional) Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional) Equal Employment Opportunity
The Judicial Council of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.PDN-97241dea-7fda-4dab-ab48-318cb7809ac2

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