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The Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy (ASBP) General Counsel is responsible for conducting legal research, writing legal documents for use in litigation, administrative and

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Special Job Requirements:

Ability to travel in and out of state to attend hearings and participate in federal regulatory or court proceedings, meetings, and seminars.

Typical Functions:

Provides legal services and advice to management and divisions on a broad range of matters. Represents the agency in legal negotiations and proceedings which may occur in state or federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings; discusses report findings and hearings with agency director. Drafts and develops reports, legal pleadings, motions, responses, complaints, comments, briefs, stipulations, settlement agreements, and other written documents. Researches, analyzes, interprets and evaluates policies, legal precedent, issues, and information, and recommends courses of action to meet agency objectives. Interprets, analyzes, and consults on current federal and state regulation issues, policies, statutes, legislation, and procedures. Drafts proposed legislation, amendments to current legislation, and amendments to agency regulations. Represents the agency at legislative hearings as needed. Presents training on legal matters to staff. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state, federal and regulatory law, regulations, and precedents. Knowledge of emerging economic, technological, legislative, judicial, and regulatory issues and trends in the area. Knowledge of legal research, including use of Westlaw and other internet research tools. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee work of others. Ability to prepare and/or present written communication that pertains to controversial or complex topics. Ability to work collaboratively with regulatory staff from other state, federal regulatory staff, executives, consultants, and other interested parties. Ability to conduct litigation as lead counsel at federal agencies and in court, if necessary. Ability to provide information, instructions, and technical guidance related to legal aspects of accounting, financial, and economic concepts, regulations, standards of practice and issue development.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus seven years of experience in the practice of law, including three years of litigation experience. 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 and/or certified to practice law in the State of Arkansas and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar per ACA 16-22-201; plus seven years of experience. Must be licensed and/or certified to practice law in U.S. Federal Courts.


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