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The Bank Chief Counsel is responsible for preparing case strategy, serving as an expert litigator before federal and/or state courts and agencies, and serving

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Special Job Requirements:

In and out-of-state travel may be required.

Typical Functions:

Directs and supervises examination staff, including other Department attorneys and professional consultants, in banking regulations and/or cases having economic impact on the State of Arkansas. Initiates technical discussions with bank personnel, consultants, other state and federal regulatory staff, and other parties addressing analytical concepts and contested issues. Drafts and develops reports, legal pleadings, motions, responses, complaints, comments, briefs, and other written documents, and provides legal advice and support in the preparation and development of testimony and exhibits. May conduct litigation by participating in state or federal hearings and appeals through legal preparation work, witness preparation, depositions, settlement discussions, opening statements, direct examination, cross examination, objections, closing arguments, and oral arguments. Researches, analyzes, interprets, and evaluates policies, legal precedent, issues, and information and recommends course of action to meet agency objectives. Evaluates information provided in support of a filing by a state chartered bank or other party, researches specific regulatory policy and precedent, and evaluates the relative merits of alternative courses of action, identifying strengths and weaknesses of each. Maintains and shares technical knowledge of current federal, state regulatory issues, policies, statutes, legislation, and procedures. Responds to inquiries from the media, government officials, and the public about regulatory law issues. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal banking and regulatory law, regulations and precedents. Knowledge of emerging economic, technological, legislative, judicial, and regulatory issues and trends affecting the banking industry. Knowledge of legal research techniques, including use of internet research tools. Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques. Ability to prepare and/or present oral and written communications. Ability to work with regulatory staff from other states, federal regulatory staff, banking executives, consultants, and other interested parties. Ability to provide information, instruction, and technical guidance related to legal aspects of accounting, financial, and personnel issues, regulations, standards of practice, and issue development. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus five years of experience in the practice of law, including three years of supervisory experience. Required to attend and complete Graduate Banking School within five years of employment. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201.


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