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The General Counsel is responsible for providing professional legal counsel and administering legal services for the assigned agency. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

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Special Job Requirements:

Occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact finding meetings, hearings, and/or court proceedings is required. Occasional out-of state travel related to agency legal matters may be required.

Typical Functions:

Serves as the legal resource for the agency in the day to day activities and interactions that occur in the normal course of business of the agency. Advises agency management on potential legal issues affecting the agency and offers legal opinions on actions the agency may take in resolving legal issues. Represents the agency in legal proceedings which may occur in state or federal courts. Drafts proposed legislation, amendments to current legislation, amendments to agency regulations, and represents the agency at legislative hearings. Coordinates with the Attorney General’s Office to prepare responses to requesting parties seeking documents and records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws. Knowledge of the state’s legislative processes. Knowledge of litigation practices and procedures. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state and federal statutes, legal precedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to provide legal guidance and technical assistance to agency management. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with agency staff and other relevant legal and agency contacts. Ability to communicate across all levels of the agency. Ability to conduct complex litigation.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; eight plus years of experience in public sector law including 2 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:

Licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar per ACA 16-22-201.


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