The Office of Disciplinary Counsel at the South Carolina Judicial Branch is seeking an experienced legal professional to join their team as Assistant Disciplinary Counsel.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION (This job bulletin represents general duties for this position and is not intended to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned):

  • Under limited supervision, manage a significant caseload.
  • Receive, screen and investigate complaints regarding alleged ethical misconduct by a lawyer or judge pursuant to the applicable rules of conduct; refer complaints to other agencies when appropriate; negotiate and draft agreements for discipline with a lawyer or judge for submission to the appropriate Commission.
  • Prosecute formal charges, which includes engaging in limited discovery and exchange of information as provided by the applicable rules and trial before the Commission, drafting and submitting a proposed Panel Report, receiving and reviewing the final Panel Report filed by the Commission Panel, preparing exceptions to the Panel Report where appropriate, drafting briefs for submission to the Supreme Court, and engaging in oral arguments before the Court.
  • In cases where there is a potential for a risk of harm to the public, such as where a lawyer or judge has been arrested and charged with a serious offense, seek interim suspension or the appointment of a Receiver pursuant to the applicable rules.
  • Keep accurate and updated files in an electronic database. Prepare for and attend regularly scheduled meetings regarding the status of cases, including terms of diversion agreements, agreements for discipline, and appropriate levels of discipline. Meet with and direct investigators on various assignments. Work cooperatively with support staff, professional staff, and a diverse range of individuals.
  • Present and participate in various CLE programs, law schools, bar associations, committees, programs and other local and national professional organizations, which includes preparation of materials and a Power Point presentation as needed, attending the program and presenting the lecture.
  • All other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE):

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited school of law and admission to or eligibility for admission to the practice of law in South Carolina;
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in the practice of law that includes:
    • screening potential cases; o meeting with clients;
    • interviewing witnesses; o drafting pleadings and discovery; and
    • appearing in court in jury or nonjury matters, or in administrative agencies.

Interested candidates can apply here www.careers.sc.gov