The State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS), is currently seeking to hire one (1) Staff Attorney 2 to support the State Marshal Commission. The State Marshal Commission is an Executive Branch commission with independent decision making authority, operating within the Department of Administrative Services conducting several core functions under statutes, regulations and policies, including but not limited to setting training requirements, professional standards, audit policies, disciplinary protocol, restraining order rotations and administrative procedures for the efficient and fair operation of the state marshal system.
If this sounds like something you would love to be a part of, we invite you to apply.
All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in this class may apply for a lateral transfer.
Questions about these required documents or any other phase of this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Theresa Judge at Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the legal work of the agency.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
This position will be responsible for:
- Reviewing complaints against state marshals for alleged violations;
- Obtaining statements from marshals regarding alleged violations;
- Drafting proposed disposition letters;
- Conducting hearings pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (UAPA) before an Oversight Committee made up of Commission members;
- Hearing preparation including case analysis, legal research, preparing case memoranda, preparing hearing scripts and case binders for the Hearing Officers, preparing exhibits, and drafting hearing questions;
- Scheduling hearings and drafting/sending hearing notices to relevant parties;
- Providing recommendations for discipline and drafting proposed decisions on behalf of the Oversight Committee;
- Presenting proposed decisions to the Commission at monthly meeting;
- Subsequent to adoption, circulating the final decision pursuant to the UAPA, processing any requests for reconsideration, and carrying out the Commission's discipline including drafting correspondence, tracking suspensions, ensuring the public facing state marshal list is updated, coordinating coverage for restraining order duty and administering the revocation process;
- Preparing the Administrative Record for the Attorney General's office for appeals and assisting the Attorney General's office including drafting and reviewing briefs and conducting legal research and drafting legal memoranda regarding the same;
- Administering each monthly Commission meeting including preparing and circulating the agenda, recommended disposition letters, administrative records and proposed decisions, and other meeting materials;
- Recording the meeting, preparing and circulating draft minutes;
- Carrying out those actions the Commission voted for at the meeting and preparing and distributing related correspondence;
- Administering the appointment process including reviewing the exam, overseeing application review by Commission staff, scheduling interviews, drafting interview questions, coordinating background checks and credit checks, coordinating training and mentorship programs, drafting the appointment affidavit and ceremony script, and coordinating disseminating state marshal badges, ids, manual and compiling training materials upon appointment;
- Reviewing and researching proposed legislation pertaining to the Commission;
- Drafting legislative proposals and testimony;
- Analyzing legislation, drafting legislative updates for the state marshals, and carrying out any legislative changes on behalf of the Commission;
- Drafting legal memoranda and drafting and revising official Commission Policies which involves legal research and Commission records review;
- Providing Commission staff with answers to public information requests and reviewing and preparing mandatory Freedom of Information documents responsive to said requests;
- Assignment of restraining order duty for all state marshals;
- Coordination of training of all new state marshals;
- Coordination of training on a 3 year basis for state marshals that serve on the capias unit as well as state marshals who carry weapons;
- Drafting training requirements, training materials, scopes of duty and MOUs as well as meeting with trainers, attending training, reviewing training to ensure that training complies with the relevant regulations and policies, and tracking compliance with training requirements;
- Administering the inactive status and the retirement process for state marshals including drafting the appropriate affidavit;
- Administering the post-death process including compiling information from the deceased marshal's executor and staff, coordinating a successor marshal, and drafting audit requests from the Auditors of Public Accounts;
- Drafting administrative bulletins to the marshals and updates to the state marshal manual.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures in Connecticut; considerable knowledge of legal research techniques; considerable knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act; considerable knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; knowledge of the rules of evidence; knowledge of criminal and constitutional law and legislative process; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to apply judicial decisions to the interpretation of statues; considerable ability to comprehend, analyze and organize technical data and coordinate elements of legal cases.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
STAFF ATTORNEY 2: Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law.
STAFF ATTORNEY 3: Three (3) years of experience in the practice of law at the level of Staff Attorney 2 in the same state agency.
The successful candidate will possess:
- Litigation experience;
- Experience conducting administrative hearings;
- Experience representing parties at administrative hearings;
- Experience with public meetings;
- Experience as a private attorney working with state marshals;
- Experience serving as a judicial clerk.
1. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
2. May be required to travel.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.