In the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the Office of Commission Counsel.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
Incumbents in this class perform full professional working level legal work. They provide legal counsel and services to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and services to constituent units of the Commission relative to its human and civil rights law enforcement activities. They may develop a depth of knowledge in a specialty area such as disability discrimination law, age discrimination law, pregnancy discrimination law, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Bankruptcy and Corporate dissolution law. They may conduct complex cases with advice and counsel of higher level attorneys. Complex cases may be defined as obscure points of law, no clear precedent, cases of first impression or cases likely to lead to appeal. The complexity of case preparation is related but not limited to extensive research, numbers of witnesses involved, variety of evidence to be gathered, level of the court or type of proceeding.
Works under the general supervision of the Commission Counsel or other employee of higher grade.
May lead Human Rights Attorney 1's on a case by case basis and other professional, paralegal and clerical staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
As a legal practitioner prepares and represents Commission in contested case hearings and litigation before other administrative bodies and courts in cases of varying degrees of difficulty and complexity in matters jointly prescribed by the Commission and Office of the Attorney General;
Exercises judgement in prosecution of a heavy caseload of discriminatory practice complaints;
Attends settlement and pre-trial conferences;
Provides legal counsel and assistance to Commission constituent units;
Exercises independent judgement and discretion in analysis and application of state and federal statutes, rules and regulations, constitutional provisions, administrative and court decisions and other legal authorities;
May negotiate settlements, carry out appeals or assist on highly technical or specialized cases;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
federal and state civil rights legislation and interpretations, employment discrimination, administrative and constitutional law and rules of evidence;
legal principles and their application;
rights, obligations and statutory authority of Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities;
rules and conduct of proceedings in trial and appellate courts;
oral and written communication skills;
litigation and legal counseling skills;
Considerable ability to
analyze legal problems and present statements of fact, law and argument;
negotiate settlements of discriminatory practices complaints;
Ability to research, draft and review proposed regulations, legislation and other matters relative to Commission.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law including handling constitutional, employment discrimination, labor or civil rights matters.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in trial or appellate legal work.
After completion of three (3) years of successful and satisfactory performance as a Human Rights Attorney 2 at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, an incumbent will be moved to the Human Rights 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 at time of appointment.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(12)-SOCIAL SERV (P-2)
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 Human Rights Attorney 2 in Salary Group SH 28 approved effective July 31, 2009. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-140