Job Type: FTE - Full-Time, Agency

S.C. Judicial Branch

Job Number - 119331

Closing - 10/31/2021 5:00 PM Eastern

Residency Requirement - No

Class Code: AE1026

Position Number: 60003933

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:30 - 5:00)

Pay Band Unclassified

Opening Date - 09/17/2021

EEO Statement - Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Responsibilites:

Agency Specific Application Procedures:

Interested persons meeting the required qualifications should submit an online application to include all work history and education. All questions on the application must be completed. A resume may be included but will not be accepted or reviewed in lieu of an incomplete application. Supplemental questions are considered a part of your application and must be completed.

Veteran Preference Statement

South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.


Attorney II Job Summary

The South Carolina Judicial Branch, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, is seeking a legal professional to serve in the role of Attorney II. Under limited supervision and direction of Disciplinary Counsel, the Attorney II works to preserve the integrity of the South Carolina judicial system and the confidence of the public in the administration of justice, by screening and investigating allegations of ethical misconduct and incapacity of judges or lawyers, prosecuting formal charges and other duties as assigned. 


Attorney II Responsibilities include: 

Note: This job bulletin represents general duties performed by this position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all functions performed.


  • 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 notes in Time Matters.  Attend regularly scheduled office meetings regarding the status of cases, including terms of diversion agreements, AFDBCs, and appropriate levels of discipline.  Meet with and direct investigators on various assignments.  Meet with Disciplinary Counsel and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel on the status of cases.  Work cooperatively with support staff, professional staff, and a diverse range of individuals.    

  • Represent the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, with prior approval by Disciplinary Counsel, by speaking at and participating 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 and Additional Requirements


Requirements and Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school and admission to or eligibility for admission to the practice of law in South Carolina.  

  • Three (3) years of actual experience practicing law that includes screening potential cases, meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings and discovery, and appearing in court in jury or nonjury matters, or in administrative agencies.

  • A familiarity with the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, the Code of Judicial Conduct, and the application of the Rules to everyday practice of law issues, including a strong understanding of law office management issues.    

  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.  

  • Knowledge of state laws and rules of procedure pertaining to the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct of the Code of Judicial Conduct.  

  • Knowledge of investigative methods and procedures.  

  • Knowledge of standard computer applications and programs necessary to complete the functions of the job, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Time Matters.

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.  

  • Ability to efficiently and accurately analyze legal issues.  

  • Competency in written and oral communication.  

  • Proficiency with the South Carolina Rules of Evidence and with the South Carolina Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbal and written.

  • Competency in analysis including, but not limited to, applying disciplinary rules to facts, evaluating weight of evidence and applying disciplinary standards to recommendations for disposition of cases.

  • Competency in appropriately handling, patiently and courteously, sensitive or difficult issues with non-lawyers, lawyers, and judges.  

  • Competency in legal research.

  • Ability to input data into Time Matters in a timely and accurate manner.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Appellate practice experience including familiarity with the SC Appellate Court Rules, legal research, drafting of briefs or motions, and presenting oral argument before an appellate court.

  • Proficiency in electronic case management.

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