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The Arkansas State Police (ASP) General Counsel is responsible for supervising, directing, and evaluating the agency’s legal section regarding agency litigation and legal proceedings,

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Typical Functions:

Directs and supervises a litigation team of attorneys and professional consultants, including interviewing, hiring, providing training, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating the performance of immediate subordinates, and serving as performance evaluation reviewing official. Initiates technical discussions with personnel, consultants, and other parties addressing contested issues. Drafts and develops reports, legal pleadings, motions, responses, complaints, comments, briefs, stipulations, settlement agreements, and other written documents. Provides legal advice and support in the preparation and development of testimony and exhibits. Researches, analyzes, interprets, and evaluates policies, legal precedent, issues, and information and recommends course of action to meet agency objectives. Maintains and shares technical knowledge of current federal and state legal issues, policies, statutes, legislation, and procedures. Responds to inquiries from the media, government officials, and the public about legal issues and agency business. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Knowledge of law enforcement operations and requirements. Knowledge of legal research techniques and writing protocols. Knowledge of the state’s legislative process. Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques. Ability to conduct litigation. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information and reports. Ability to research, interpret, and apply legislation. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to travel in-state and out-of-state to attend hearings, participate in federal regulatory or court proceedings, meetings, and seminars. Ability to prepare and/or present written communications that pertain to controversial and complex topics. Ability to work collaboratively with legal staff from other state and federal entities, executives, consultants, and other interested parties. Ability to conduct litigation as lead counsel in agency disciplinary proceedings, federal agencies, and in courts.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus six years of experience in the practice of law, including four years in a professional managerial or supervisory capacity in the field of law, law enforcement, or military service.

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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