South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs seeks a temporary attorney for Central Office located in Columbia, SC.  The position is a temporary full time position for a minimum of six months with an anticipated start date of May 17, 2021.

Job Summary

Functions as Chief Legal Counsel for the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN). Represents SCDDSN in both federal and state courts and before administrative bodies under the supervision of the State Director performing assigned duties with a great degree of independence and discretion. Provides legal advice and assistance to agency personnel on complex legal matters. Prepares and issues legal opinions to key DDSN staff. Provides legal assistance to DDSN staff for contracts, leases and property transfers. 

Serves as liaison to other state/federal agencies on legal matters. Coordinates and confers with other agencies. (Attorney General's Office, SLED, DHHS, Solicitors and Public Defenders) Provides general legal counsel to DSN Boards as requested. Coordinates and monitors cases against SCDDSN assigned to outside counsel by the Insurance Reserve Fund. Confers on tort liability insurance renewals. 

Reviews employee grievance appeals and discrimination complaints. Represents DDSN in employee mediations and in grievance appeals. Represents DDSN in family court and probate court judicial admission proceedings. Represents DDSN in other judicial forums. Researches and prepares memorandum and legal briefs as required. Reviews evaluations for criminal competency to stand trial evaluations and post-conviction relief cases and works with the courts and attorneys on obtaining required evaluations. Prepares and presents training as required to Judges, attorneys, DDSN personnel, and DSN Commission on laws, policies and procedures pertaining to SCDDSN. 

Performs additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Juris Doctor degree or its equivalent from an accredited law school
  • Member of the SC Bar
  • Admitted to the US District Court for the District of SC
  • Five (5) years' experience as a practicing attorney
  • Experience should include US District Court for SC, SC Courts, Family Courts, Probate Courts and administrative hearings
  • Knowledge and experience with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
To Apply

Applicants interested in applying for this position may submit a Resume via email to:

Subject line: Resume for DDSN Temporary Attorney Position