THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT SALARY RANGE OF $ 84,729 to $ 90,799. Salary offers are based upon the candidate’s education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.
This position represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.
The purpose of the Public Safety Section of the Department of Justice is to provide a full range of legal services to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) and, in particular, the agencys Division of Law Enforcement and Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice.
Represents Client Agency in Litigation
Conducts, independently or as a member of a litigation team, civil litigation in state administrative and trial courts, federal trial courts, and associated appellate courts in simple to very complex cases.
Identifies legal issues, gathers and analyzes information, conducts factual research, analyzes the relevant law, and applies the relevant law to the factual information in the case setting. Develops, plans, and executes a legal strategy to achieve the desired case result. Investigates and drafts accurate factual and legal claims and defenses.
Propounds meaningful discovery requests, reviews, analyzes, and responds to discovery requests, and conducts meaningful depositions.
Possesses and employs sophisticated knowledge of evidentiary, procedural, and substantive law.
Conducts persuasive arguments to judges and juries.
Communicates effectively and cogently with client agency and counsel for adverse party to facilitate settlement of disputed claims.
Identifies and analyzes compliance options for client agency.
Drafts and negotiates consent orders and settlement documents.
Drafts pleadings, motions, orders, discovery requests and responses, and correspondence to comport with applicable law, agency rules and procedures, and the relevant rules of courts. Composes, edits, and coordinates independently the preparation of legal memoranda and other case support administrative correspondence to communicate information to client agency, court personnel, and opposing counsel. Assists client agency in drafting proposed legislation. Analyzes proposed legislation for impact to client agency and existing programs, and recommends amendments to existing legislation to further goals and mission of client agency.
Researches and Investigates
Performs legal research manually and electronically from various sources, including Lexis-Nexis, Department of Justice and other law libraries, and assorted web-based sites. Independently researches simple to very complex legal issues. Verifies current status of cited legal authority for research, memoranda, and briefs. Independently investigates accuracy of allegations contained in legal documents of adverse party. Collects documents and other information necessary to respond to allegations, and analyzes such collections for accuracy and relevance. Interviews potential witnesses, and obtains statements from defendants, witnesses, and experts to support the trial strategy and plan. Reviews proposed evidence, and analyzes and assimilates the data to support the trial strategy and plan.
Advises Client Agency
Researches all relevant source material and legal precedents, and provides legal advice to the client agency by means of formal and informal written opinions, training assistance, and policy review. In consultation with the Section Supervisor, provides recommendations to the client agency to improve its operational efficiency in order to reduce its exposure to liability.
Criminal Appeals and Non-litigation Matters
Reviews trial transcripts and other documents, researches legal issues identified in the record of appeal and defendants appellate brief, and composes states appellate brief in response. Conducts oral argument in Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.1. Extensive knowledge of rules of evidence and procedure in both federal and state trial, administrative, and appellate courts.
2. Ability to organize and maintain records and files.
3. Familiarity with proper formats of legal documents.
4. Ability to communicate clearly, logically, and effectively in written and oral form.
5. High proficiency with WordPerfect and Microsoft Office suites and case management database technology.
6. Ability to analyze and interpret statutes, case law, formal rules, policies and procedural guidelines.
7. Ability to use logical thinking skills to resolve problems and questions.
8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
9. Command of and experience in applying collaborative methods in an active team litigation and operational environment.Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.
Management preferences: Significant experience in civil litigation in state, federal, and administrative courts; experience in state appeals; experience in federal appeals