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The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) General Counsel is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for

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Typical Functions:

Provides legal services and advice to management and divisions on a broad range of matters. Represents the agency in negotiations. Represents the agency in litigation including all administrative and court proceedings. Interprets and analyzes all state and federal laws regarding workforce services. Drafts new or revised policy and legislation. Conducts legal research; drafts and prepares legal briefings and pleadings and responds to subpoenas. Presents training on legal matters. May perform public defender duties by providing legal representation to defendants; investigates defendant’s case by locating and interviewing witnesses in order to obtain information relevant to the defense of the client. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws, and regulations. Knowledge of various computer programs and experience in computer use. Ability to conduct litigation. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information and reports. Ability to research, interpret, and apply legislation and cause related information. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus six years of legal experience, including four years in a professional managerial capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed and/or certified to practice law in the State of Arkansas and in United States federal courts.


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