Job Description and Duties

This position is for Class Action Team B. The Class Action Team is responsible for overseeing and advising the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on all class action matters brought against the Department. The team works in coordination with internal CDCR units and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on issues related to disability accommodations (both physical & developmental); inmate health care (both medical and mental health); due process; and conditions of confinement. Class actions may encompass one institution, or all institutions statewide.

Under supervision of an Assistant Chief Counsel, the Attorney provides legal, technical, and administrative advice on a variety of issues that may involve inmates, parolees, employees, public procurement, contracts, public entities, unions, and members of the public. The incumbent provides legal advice on sensitive legal matters relating to protocols and methodologies designed to assist the CDCR in managing its liability exposure.

The Attorney must have the ability to work collaboratively with CDCR internal units and outside agencies, including but not limited to the Department of General Services, the Department of Finance, the State Treasurers Office, the OAG, State Compensation Insurance Fund, and the Governors Office. The incumbent may be required to represent the CDCR before various administrative bodies including the State Personnel Board, the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Public Works Board and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, among others. This position requires periodic statewide travel.

Effective July 1, 2020, in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) was implemented. PLP 2020 requires that each full-time employee receive a 9.23 percent reduction in pay in exchange for 16 hours of PLP 2020 leave credits monthly through June 2022. Salaries do not reflect the recent changes.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

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