GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Provides assistance, legal advice and counsel for the County as assigned; performs directly related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF POSITION
The principal function of this position is to provide legal advice and counsel for the County in all phases of County representation and in civil litigation in State and Federal courts, by assisting the Deputy County Attorney and County Attorney in advising County Council, County Boards and Commissions, and as circumstances require, by assisting County Departments with legal questions, issues and problems. The work is performed under the supervision and direction of the Deputy County Attorney. The assigned work will be less complex and of a narrower scope than the work performed by the Deputy County Attorney and County Attorney; however, guidance and collaboration will be offered as needed in order to gradually increase the complexity and scope of work. The nature of the work performed requires that an Assistant County Attorney establish and maintain effective working relationships with County personnel, Elected Officials, Judges within the County, other court personnel, law enforcement agencies, and the general public. The principal duties of the Assistant County Attorney are performed in a general office environment, in the courts and administrative tribunals of the county and state; and, in such public meetings and hearings as may be required. Additionally, the Assistant County Attorney may be required to attend meetings scheduled by County Management or County Departments, as approved by the Deputy County Attorney or County Attorney.
Primary Duties (Illustrative Only)
• Provides professional legal advice and counsel for the County in all phases of County operations and in litigation in both civil and criminal courts, including appearing in trial and appellate courts, conducting mediations, and engaging in settlement conferences.
• Reviews assigned cases, researches and briefs the legal issues, and develops effective legal strategies.
• Conducts research, and prepares orders, motions, appeals and other related legal and court documents.
• Researches and reviews legal documents to determine the basis for which legal actions can be filed.
• Through appropriate legal action, enforces various County Ordinances including, but not limited to: animal control, zoning, stormwater management, public nuisances, and littering.
• Represents the County in various litigation actions including, but not limited to, road closure hearings, quiet title actions, stormwater actions, appeals from commission and/or board decisions, and eminent domain proceedings.
• Evaluates information gleaned from discovery and develops case strategy accordingly.
• Takes depositions, prepares trial briefs, and participates in trying cases.
• Attends Board and/or Commissions meetings or hearings as assigned.
• Attends other meetings as assigned.
• As circumstances dictate, provides professional legal advice to a wide variety of County Departments and Offices regarding all facets of local, state, and federal civil law.
• Drafts, reviews and provides legal advice regarding routine contracts, leases, deeds, and other legal documents and instruments.
• Drafts ordinances and resolutions as assigned.
• Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; and reviews materials to maintain licensure and to become and remain current on the principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas. Meetings and workshops may be held in the evening, as is often County practice. Conferences, meetings, and training sessions may be held outside the county and may involve overnight travel.
• Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
• Responds to questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
• Communicates and coordinates with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
• Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Basic knowledge of home rule, statutory provisions related to the administration of county government, and relevant areas of civil and criminal law.
• Substantial knowledge of procedural and evidentiary court rules, practices and procedures for both for both trial and appellate courts.
• Basic knowledge of State and Federal common law, statutes and regulations pertaining to local governments.
• Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, materials and references utilized in legal research.
• Able to maintain effective working relationships.
• Able to express conclusions and arguments clearly and logically in oral and written form, using technical and nontechnical language.
• Able to exercise tact, discretion and sound judgment in addressing sensitive or confidential matters.
• Able to successfully prioritize in a changing environment.
• Able to analyze complicated fact situations, laws and cases and reason by analogy.
• Able to think quickly (under pressure) and perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
• Able to work either as part of a team or independently as circumstances require.
• Able to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
• Able to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions.
• Able and willing to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
• Able to use integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
• Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited institution; and
• Minimum 1-2 years of experience in the practice of law, or
• Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work; and
• Must be licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• Clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, to enable the employee to communicate effectively.
• Vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, to enable the employee to review a wide variety of written material in both electronic and hard copy.
• Manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, to enable the employee to operate a personal computer, telephone and related equipment.
• Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, to enable the employee to have access within the general office environment and to all applicable areas of the court system.
York County is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. The County seeks a wide range of applicants for its positions so that one of our core values, a qualified and diverse workforce, will be affirmed. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.