New Mexico State Judiciary Job Opening
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Attorney Associate #00027988-24400, PERM, Full-time, At-will, in Albuquerque, NM
Opening Date: 07-08-2019 -
Job Pay Range: LL: $28.690/hr - $46.622/hr
Target Pay Range/Rate: $35.863/hr
The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is recruiting for a full-time, At-will, Attorney Associate #00027988-24400 for the Office of the General Counsel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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, 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; assist with drafting, interpreting, and negotiating 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; may participate in hiring and supervising of assigned staff, 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 copy of the complete job description is available at https://metro.nmcourts.gov/ or may be requested at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse in the Human Resource Division. *A legal writing sample (5-page minimum/10-page maximum) must be submitted with the application/resume.
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: Three (3) years of experience in the practice of applicable law, or as a law clerk.
Experience Substitution: None.
Other: Completion of a post offer background check is required.
Knowledge: Thorough 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).
Skill & Ability: Proficient 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; 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 with minimal supervision; receiving and following directions; applying relevant policies and procedures; 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; and researching, comprehending, explaining and resolving complex issues constructively. 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; accept constructive criticism and guidance; learn quickly and retain information; prepare and deliver presentations; maintain accurate files and records; and train, motivate and mentor others; plan and assign work, apply relevant policies and procedures to assigned work; provide meaningful employee feedback and performance evaluations; provide effective coaching and constructive criticism, mediate and manage conflict.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: Court/Judicial Agency - Recommend appropriate courses of action and dispositions; draft memoranda of law, proposed opinions and orders for administrative appeals of record and de novo appeals, including addressing complex areas of the law such as water, oil and gas, taxation, employment and zoning; draft proposed orders addressing petitions for extraordinary writs and motions in civil and criminal matters; review, analyze and edit findings of fact and conclusions of law; evaluate court processes and formulate, recommend and implement policies and procedures to ensure uniform compliance with statutory and constitutional provisions, case law and Supreme Court Rules; evaluate proposed rule changes and draft comments; attend trials and hearings; meet with and advise court administration and staff on legal matters as they arise in the course of court operations; respond to correspondence and requests for information from pro se litigants, inmates, attorneys and the public; draft and monitor: leases, contracts, proposals. Professional services agreements, price agreements, memoranda of understanding, letter agreements, software agreements, and intergovernmental agreements for the Judicial Entity; assist management on personnel issues and ensure compliance with applicable employment laws, rules, regulations, court and AOC policies and procedure; assist with Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and Invitations to Bid (ITB’s): respond to specific legal questions and provide legal advice to court staff. May assist in tracking, reviewing, analyzing and advising the judicial entity on proposed legislation. Water - Participate in developing judicial procedures and documentation for conducting stream adjudication; analyze briefs, subfile filings, records and legal authorities cited; provide legal assistance to judges and courts related to stream adjudication cases; research proposed legislation, provide testimony and participate in developing strategies for passage of legislation; assist in addressing requests from legislature and other interested parties; prepare information for legislators and other governmental agencies; monitor and analyze the impact of proposed changes to laws, rules and procedures; and prepare and present water law educational seminars. 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. Leadworker May - Provide direction and assistance to legal staff, as assigned; develop employee performance plans and evaluations, discipline and approval of time; lead, mentor, oversee, and train legal staff in judicial procedures, day-to-day legal functions and case and document processing; communicate changes in court processes, rules and systems; track daily attendance; prepare and administer employee performance evaluations and discipline; participate on interview panels for vacant positions and provide appropriate recruitment support. 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.
Submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment or a Resume and a Resume Supplemental form, proof of education and writing sample to:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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Human Resources Division
Post Office Box 133
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103
Telephone: (505) 841-9819
Fax No.: (505) 222-4823
Web Site: http://metro.nmcourts.gov
Mailed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on the closing date.
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