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Third Judicial District Court

Attorney Supervisor #00030784-23300 – At-Will Perm, Full-time

Opening Date: 11-21-2018 - Close Date: 01-31-2019

Job Pay Range: See Target Pay Range

Target Pay Range/Rate: $32.502 - $40.252 hourly

The Third Judicial District Court is recruiting for a Full-Time, At-Will Attorney Supervisor position #00030784. The successful incumbent will manage and supervise the Legal Division in Las Cruces, New Mexico. SUMMARY: Under administrative direction, as assigned by a Judge or a supervising attorney, provide legal advice and opinions; review cases, perform legal research, evaluation, analysis, writing, and make recommendations concerning the work of the Court or Judicial Entity. Provide direct supervision of two (2) or more attorneys or Law Clerks, and may include support staff. Essential Tasks: Under general direction, as assigned by a Judge or by the General Counsel, perform legal research and analysis; examine briefs, records and legal authorities cited; draft opinions, legal proofreading and editing, orders and decisions for judges’ review and final approval; provide updated information to Judges on recent decisions, opinions and changes to rules and statutes to ensure compliance with current law; draft, interpret, and negotiate contracts for the court; provide legal advice to Chief Judge, other Judges, Court Executive Officer, division managers, and various court committees as necessary; advise in the areas of business, contract, procurement, employment, general civil, criminal, and constitutional law; attend trials, hearings, and meetings as necessary; review proposed legislation, analyze impact on court, prepare written bill analyses and attend legislative hearings; perform special assignments as directed; manage outside litigation; provide training and oversight of assigned staff, including the staff of the Court’s Self-Help Program; act as liaison to local and state bar, litigants, agencies, and agency personnel; maintain confidentiality and use discretion when dealing with sensitive information. Organize and prioritize workload and manage multiple projects; analyze and organize facts, evidence and precedents; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; and use initiative and independent judgment with minimal supervision. May perform other duties in order to meet the operational needs of the Court. A legal writing sample (10-page maximum) must be submitted with the application/resume form. Must be licensed to practice law in New Mexico or eligible to obtain a public employee limited license under Rule 15-301.1 NMRA. Finalists will be subject to criminal background checks.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Must be a graduate of a law school meeting the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association; possess and maintain a license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.
  • Education Substitution: None.
  • Experience: Five (5) years of experience in the practice of applicable law, of which two (2) years must have been as a supervisor.
  • Experience Substitution: None.
  • Other: Completion of a post offer background check may be required.
  • Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of United States and New Mexico constitutions, federal law, New Mexico case law, statutes, rules, policies and procedures; Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules of Professional Conduct; court jurisdiction and operations; manual and computerized legal research; principles of legal analysis and writing, legal proofreading and editing, standard English usage and grammar; and computer software applications (e.g., legal research, word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and internet). General knowledge of supervisory techniques, coaching and performance evaluations; hiring, training, discipline and termination; mediating and managing conflict; employment law (i.e., Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Equal Employment Opportunity Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Workers’ Compensation); problem solving and conflict-resolution principles and techniques; and New Mexico Judicial Branch Personnel Rules. Skill & Ability: Advanced skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing with diverse individuals and groups; interpreting and assimilating information of legal significance; identifying legal issues; performing legal research; proofreading and editing; discerning the content and relative importance of cases, statutes, and other sources of law; applying law to complex and novel scenarios; maintaining confidentiality and using discretion when dealing with sensitive information; maintaining professional demeanor and composure; providing information to members of the bar and public in a courteous manner without giving legal advice; drafting orders, recommendations, and opinions which address all legal, policy and factual issues clearly, efficiently and effectively; organizing and establishing priorities and managing time and resources effectively on multiple projects; working well both independently and collaboratively; using initiative and independent judgment; receiving and following directions; using computers and computer software applications including word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and the internet; displaying teamwork, diligence, resourcefulness, and adaptability while working in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities, high stress, and exposure to conflicting demands; meeting objective productivity and work-quality requirements; researching, comprehending, explaining, and resolving complex issues constructively; and applying relevant policies and procedures to assigned work; motivating and mentoring others; accepting and giving constructive criticism and guidance; planning and assigning work. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; approach problems creatively; determine when to seek assistance and collaborate with other staff; persuade others using tact and diplomacy; learn quickly and retain information; prepare and deliver presentations; maintain accurate files and records; apply coaching and supervisory techniques, personnel management practices, problem solving and conflict resolution principles and techniques.
  • EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED Alternative Dispute Resolution - Assess the appropriateness of mediation or a dispute resolution process for a case; conduct a mediation or a dispute resolution process, subject to the applicable standards of confidentiality; lead joint discussions with all parties, and private discussions with each party, to identify issues, contentions, and interests to develop a constructive working environment, and to generate discussion of options for resolution; identify and facilitate among the parties analysis of procedural and substantive issues; oversee and encourage negotiations extending beyond the initial conference through subsequent conversations or additional conferences; facilitate settlement until an agreement is reached or until settlement does not appear to be possible. Program - Maintain and administer court mandated program(s); analyze court administrative operations, polices and procedures to ensure procedural consistency and compliance with established law and Supreme Court Rule(s); provide timely delivery of service and meet project deadlines; communicate, support and develop working relationships with associated parties; prepare curriculum or workshop materials for training and educational programs; develop, revise and implement forms, policies and procedure’s manuals; assist other courts in the development of such programs; develop and prepare budget(s) and budget expenditures; administer grant projects/program(s); ensure compliance with statutory deadlines and budgetary limitations; research, prepare and complete applications to secure grants; and complete required grant funds evaluation reporting and requests; monitor program(s) database (data development, collection, entry and generation of reports); create, evaluate, maintain and analyze statistics; and draft and publish periodic or annual reports. May design or update program website. Legislative Session Support Work: perform bill analysis as assigned by the AOC general counsel; provide general support during annual legislative session by attending hearings, meeting with legislators, and tracking bills as assigned. May serve on statewide or local committees and provide training at national, state and local conferences.
  • EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED Alternative Dispute Resolution - Assess the appropriateness of mediation or a dispute resolution process for a case; conduct a mediation or a dispute resolution process, subject to the applicable standards of confidentiality; lead joint discussions with all parties, and private discussions with each party, to identify issues, contentions, and interests to develop a constructive working environment, and to generate discussion of options for resolution; identify and facilitate among the parties analysis of procedural and substantive issues; oversee and encourage negotiations extending beyond the initial conference through subsequent conversations or additional conferences; facilitate settlement until an agreement is reached or until settlement does not appear to be possible. Program - Maintain and administer court mandated program(s); analyze court administrative operations, polices and procedures to ensure procedural consistency and compliance with established law and Supreme Court Rule(s); provide timely delivery of service and meet project deadlines; communicate, support and develop working relationships with associated parties; prepare curriculum or workshop materials for training and educational programs; develop, revise and implement forms, policies and procedure’s manuals; assist other courts in the development of such programs; develop and prepare budget(s) and budget expenditures; administer grant projects/program(s); ensure compliance with statutory deadlines and budgetary limitations; research, prepare and complete applications to secure grants; and complete required grant funds evaluation reporting and requests; monitor program(s) database (data development, collection, entry and generation of reports); create, evaluate, maintain and analyze statistics; and draft and publish periodic or annual reports. May design or update program website. Legislative Session Support Work: perform bill analysis as assigned by the AOC general counsel; provide general support during annual legislative session by attending hearings, meeting with legislators, and tracking bills as assigned. May serve on statewide or local committees and provide training at national, state and local conferences.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS The following functions are representative of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work requires the extensive use of computers and is performed in an office or court setting. The employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, talk, hear, read typed and/or handwritten material; perform repetitious hand, arm and finger motions as well as use manual/finger dexterity. May also be required to stand, walk, kneel/stoop, move, lift, pull and carry up to twenty-five pounds; travel (valid driver’s license required), work overtime and/or flexible hours, weekends, and holidays; and may be exposed to fluctuating building temperatures, hostile or violent situations and contagious health conditions. The employee is expected to be punctual and to adhere to a work schedule.
TO APPLY: Please submit either a New Mexico Judicial Branch Resume Supplemental Form (with required resume) or a NM Judicial Branch Application for Employment, together with proof of education, no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday January 31, 2019 to:


Application forms:
Microsoft Word Format
Adobe PDF Format

Resume Supplemental Forms:
Microsoft Word Format
Adobe PDF Format

Ms. Briggett Becerra, Human Resources Administrator Sr.
Third Judicial District Court
201 Picacho Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88005
575-523-8264 Fax

Applications that do not include a writing sample, proof of education and licensure, and all information requested on the resume supplemental form (with required resume) or the application of employment will be considered incomplete and may be rejected.

The Third Judicial District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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