Arkansas Government Job Attorney Specialist in Little Rock, Arkansas
The Attorney Specialist is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance to the agency. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Reviews and analyzes data and documentation related to agency’s legal matters to determine the agency’s position on the issue. Researches case law, state law, and any applicable federal laws related to current legalissues in order to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement orsettlement. Writes legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support arguments to facilitate themediation/litigation process. Analyzes and interprets state and federal laws to determine impact on agency programs. Advises agency management on potential legal issues affecting the agency and offers alegal opinion on actions the agency may take in resolving legal issues. Represents the agency in legal proceedings which may occur in various settings andjurisdictions. Drafts proposed legislation, amendments to current legislation, amendments to agencyregulations, and represents the agency at legislative hearings. May supervise a small administrative support staff by assigning and reviewing work andevaluating the performance of the employees. May interview and recommend for hireapplicants for agency vacancies. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact finding meetings, advisory meetings,hearings, and/or court proceedings is required. Occasional out-of state travel related to agency legal matters may be required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of state and federal laws. Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state and federal statutes, legalprecedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to provide legal guidance and technical assistance to agency's management andstaff. Ability to perform mediation / litigation. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of the administrative support staff.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus three years of experience as a practicing attorney in the public or private sector. CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. 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.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
The Attorney Specialist is the sole Legal officer for Arkansas Tobacco Control. The successful candidate will serve the agency by providing legal guidance and support and presenting all cases for adjudication to the Arkansas Tobacco Control Board. The candidate will also assist in the acceptance/denial and processing of all applications for permit.
Answering inquiries in person or on the telephone.
Present all cases before the Arkansas Tobacco Control Board concerning licensure actions resulting from required background checks and required business compliance inspections.
Research cases by interviewing witnesses, reading depositions, reviewing evidence and speaking with the enforcement team to determine the best strategy for adjudication.
Review and propose Agency statues, codes, and rules.
Represents Agency, along with Director, at Legislative sessions.
Advise the Board and Agency Director about best legal strategies.
Work with the Arkansas Attorney General’s office with all pending litigation for the Agency
Maintains continuity among work teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
Maintain and update all legal documents and forms for the agency.
Ensures Agency remains in compliance with State and Federal regulations.
Assists with State and Federal Audits as needed.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing tasks, supporting staff, and communicating results as needed.
Assists with the review and acceptance or denial of all tobacco related applications and processes them accordingly
Enters all legal data and assists other key personnel in maintaining Agency databases.
Works with the Director and other Senior Level staff to enhance and grow the services, procedures, and operations of the Agency.
Agency Preferred Skills and Qualifications: Knowledge of Tobacco Law, Knowledge of Tax Law, Knowledge of Administrative Procedures Act, Telephone Skills, Verbal Communication, Microsoft Office Skills, Listening, Professionalism, Customer Focus, Organization, Informing Others, Handles Pressure, willingness to learn and improve, & ability to work with others to complete job.