Attorney Senior Counsel (HR – Behavioral Health) – Phoenix

  • Full Time
  • Phoenix

Maricopa County

About the Position

The Civil Attorney Senior Counsel position is responsible for overseeing the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office’s (MCAO) role in hearings on petitions for court-ordered behavioral health treatment and examinations, reviewing cases involving danger to others for referral to law enforcement, and providing legal training and guidance to attorneys learning the civil commitment process.

About the Office of the County Attorney

We believe in integrity. We believe in justice for all. And we are proud to deliver high-quality prosecution, comprehensive victims’ services, crime prevention programs, and more to the residents of Maricopa County. If you would like to utilize your talents and skills to stand up for Maricopa County, apply today, and join our team!

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.
  • Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school

  • Two (2) years of experience handling civil commitment hearings
  • Eight (8) years of litigation or trial experience
Other Requirements
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a current, valid AZ Driver License at the time of hire
  • Must have current Arizona Bar license and number, and be in good standing with Arizona Bar Association

Our Preferred Candidate has
  • Ten (10) years of litigation or trial experience
The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position.
  • Performs complex legal work and analysis as it pertains to ongoing compliance and litigation issues involving the client
  • Conducts research and analyzes legal issues using both computerized legal research and hard copy tools
    Develops client discussions and negotiations on various issues to achieve the best outcome possible for the client
  • Drafts various documents for the client, including annual reports and updates, motions, and various other court documents as necessary
  • Works closely with clients and attorneys in the office
  • Attends court to present, and when necessary defend, the client at status conferences, oral arguments on motions, in evidentiary hearings, and at trial when needed
  • Provides litigation risk analyses and status reports to the Practice Group Lead and, where appropriate, to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the Maricopa County Self-Insured Trust Fund Board of Trustees, the Maricopa County Risk Manager, and clients
  • Responsible for compliance with the continuing legal education requirements and other requirements imposed by the State Bar of Arizona
Working Conditions
Office and courtroom settings in high volume, fast-paced environment with frequent stressful situations. May require long periods of sitting while completing paperwork, standing, and moving about during the course of performing duties. Ability to travel to and from various county locations for court appearances, meetings, and trainings, utilizing personal or County-owned vehicles. Must have the ability to move up to 20 pounds.
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to the midpoint of the range, based on relevant experience, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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