In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the legal work of the agency.
Receives general supervision from an employee of a higher grade.
May lead staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs advanced and complex legal work of an agency;
Researches, interprets, analyzes and applies complex and conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles;
Acts as hearing officer or represents agency in formal administrative and public proceedings on a full range of cases involving complex legal and technical issues;
Negotiates and drafts settlement agreements;
Drafts advisory opinions, rulings, decisions, recommendations, findings, legislation, statutes, regulations, publications and other related legal documents;
Assists in the preparation and presentation of trials and appeals;
Consults with the Office of the Attorney General on legal issues;
Researches complex legal issues;
Conducts investigations and enforcement proceedings;
Prepares comprehensive reports for use in administrative and court proceedings;
Prepares pleadings and other court papers;
Interprets and applies complex or conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles;
Participates in the conduct of various educational activities;
Provides legal guidance when duly authorized;
Provides input into policy formation;
Reviews court decisions, new and proposed laws and regulations to determine impact on agency operations;
Prepares and maintains precedent manuals;
Reviews legal and other related documents for legal sufficiency;
May testify at or monitor legislative proceedings;
May represent agency in court when authorized;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
legal principles, practices and procedures in Connecticut;
legal research techniques;
the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act;
and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation;
relevant agency policies and procedures;
the rules of evidence;
criminal and constitutional law and legislative process;
oral and written communication skills;
Considerable ability to
apply judicial decisions to the interpretation of statutes;
comprehend, analyze and organize technical data and coordinate elements of legal cases.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law.
After completion of three (3) years of successful and satisfactory performance as a Staff Attorney 2 in the same agency, an incumbent will be moved to the Staff Attorney 3 classification (on the first pay period following the completion of the three (3) year requirement).
Incumbents in this class must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Any incumbent having attained status in the class
of Staff Attorney 3 at one agency may be considered for positions posted as
Staff Attorney 2 or 3 at a different agency. In any such circumstance,
applicable bargaining unit contract language shall govern the terms of
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(16)-ADMIN & RESID (P-5)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Staff Attorney 2 in Salary Group AR 28 approved effective August 3, 2022. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-248