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Company: County of Orange
Location: santa ana
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

CAREER DESCRIPTION This recruitment is open to the public and will be advertised from April 21, 2021 to April 27, 2021. Interested job-seekers will not be able to apply during this advertisement period.
Applications will ONLY be accepted Wednesday, April 28, 2021 until 11:59 PM (PST). Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on this day.
The eligible lists established will be used to fill current and future Attorney III positions. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 2, 2021 - 3.5% increase

Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.
The Office of County Counsel is charged with providing civil legal services to County government, e.g., defending and prosecuting litigation, advising the Board of Supervisors, and providing opinions to the County and district officers on matters pertaining to their duties. The Office, as provided by the Government Code, was created on September 16, 1941, by Ordinance No. 432. Most of County Counsel's functions are defined and mandated by California statutes, County ordinances, Board resolutions, Board policy and case law.

County Counsel acts as in-house counsel. The primary client is the Board of Supervisors, but all County officers and employees receive County Counsel's services. Legal services are also provided to some independent local public entities such as the Grand Jury and the Orange County Flood Control District. Legal services are not provided to individual citizens.
The Attorney III is a professional working-level class and will perform varied professional legal work in the preparation of legal opinions; rendering of legal counsel to County departments and districts; representation of the County, or County officers, in court; enforcement of laws, and other work as required.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned legal professional in civil and governmental law with extensive knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following core competencies:
  • Understanding of civil legal procedure, including writs and appeals in State and Federal courts
  • Understanding and application of California public law, including the Government Code, Penal Code, and Welfare & Institutions Code
  • Preparing formal opinions; drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, conveyances; preparing pleadings; conducting legal litigation
  • Representing clients in criminal or civil court proceedings, jury trials, depositions, and/or administrative hearings
  • Working collaboratively with team members to achieve objectives
  • Thriving in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities
  • Identifying, evaluating, and resolving issues as they arise, using decision-making abilities and technical expertise
  • Developing solutions, proposing solutions, achieving measurable results, and implementing best business practices
  • Receiving complaints, evaluating evidence, and determining the justification for prosecution
  • Exercising discretion and independent judgment in performing job duties
  • Interacting effectively and tactfully with client agencies/departments, judges, and opposing counsel
  • Maintaining strong oral advocacy skills in court proceedings, public meetings, and professional engagements
  • Possessing strong writing skills and background in preparing briefs and other legal memoranda
  • Writing formal opinions as to the legality of actions; drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, conveyances, and other legal documents
  • Composing pleadings and other written communication in connection with lawsuits, trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings
  • Possessing strong interpersonal skills
  • Active membership in the State Bar of California OR
  • Members in good standing of California State Bar and have been assigned a license number, but have inactive membership status are also welcome to apply AND
  • An active California State Bar membership must be attained by date of appointment
Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Attorney III classification.

Physical Requirements Must have vision sufficient to read standard text and computer screen; speak and hear well enough in English to converse in person and over the phone; body mobility to move from one work area to another; ability to use a computer terminal; able to access standard office and courtroom equipment and to drive an automobile; body strength sufficient to lift and carry files.
Mental Conditions Possess the ability to independently reason logically to reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing situations involving interpersonal conflict and with complex issues; possess the ability to interact with the public in emotional and occasionally hostile situations.
Environmental Conditions Function effectively in a standard office environment as well as in a courtroom; will be required to interact with persons of diverse background and educational levels including judges, opposing counsel, medical professionals, elected officials, County employees, witnesses, minors, the gravely disabled, and representatives of government entities.
Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials for minimum qualifications. After the initial screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step of the selection process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status in the process.
Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer) Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.
Application-Appraisal Panel Assessment (Weighted 100%) An Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate the application and supplemental questionnaire for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above.
Eligible List Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.
Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.
Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here ( Download PDF reader ) to review the policy. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at .

Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Jennifer Ramirez at or (714) 834-7006.


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