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DHS GENERAL COUNSEL

The Department of Human Services (DHS) General Counsel is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation, providing legal

Class Code:

G054N

Job Grade:

GS13

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

Supervises and manages support staff and subordinate attorneys by interviewing, hiring, providing training, assigning workloads, and evaluating performance of incumbents. 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. Drafts new or revised policy and legislation. Conducts legal research. Drafts and prepares legal briefings and pleadings and responds to subpoenas. May develop and prepare budgets. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Knowledge of legal research 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Required Certificates:

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

Exempt:

E
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