Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Staff Attorney 2

Recruitment #220915-0088AR-003

Introduction


The State of ConnecticutOffice of the Secretary of the State (SOTS) works as a team to provide a wide range of services for the people and businesses of Connecticut. Our vision is to be the leader in providing prompt quality service, increasing access to information, and promoting participation in the democratic process.  

The Business Services Division invites qualified individuals to join our leadership team as a Staff Attorney 2.  This position will lead the foreign investigation unit in the collection of statutory penalties and fees for businesses that have failed to register timely with our office.  Our foreign investigation work requires the attorney to manage a large caseload, work collaboratively with the Office of the Attorney General, and timely negotiate and close foreign investigation cases.  This is a full-time opportunity located in Hartford, CT with telework available for up to 80% of the week.

The Staff Attorney 2 is expected to manage the work of the paralegals and other attorneys also assigned to the unit.  This position will also lead the administration of the Safe at Home (Address Confidentiality Program).  For more information, please visit our website.  The Staff Attorney 2’s other duties include, but are not limited to: 
  • Bill review and drafting; 
  • Contract review and drafting; 
  • Advising on system requirements for the Business Registration System; 
  • Review and approval of business, UCC, and trademark filings; 
  • Conducting hearings under the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act; and, 
  • Providing legal counsel to management and staff on related issues.
Candidates are encouraged to highlight on their application prior experience in the areas of law overseen by the Business Services Division.  These areas include the law on notarial acts (Title 3), business organizations (Titles 33 and 34), trade and service marks (Title 35), the Uniform Commercial Code (Title 42a) and document authentication/apostille under the Hague Convention.  Candidates should also highlight prior litigation experience, if any.   

The ideal candidate should have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and be comfortable using technology to perform legal work.

Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and specify their qualifications on their application. Please ensure that your application is complete, as you will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application into the JobAps system.

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s). These documents may include: a resume, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.  

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date.  The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses.  Please regularly check your email for notifications.  Please check your SPAM and or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

Updates of this recruitment will be provided through your JobAps portal account.  Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.  For all other inquiries, please contact Lorna Reid, lorna.reid@ct.gov.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to lorna.reid@ct.gov.

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

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; may testify at or monitor legislative proceedings; may represent agency in court when authorized; 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; performs related duties as required.

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 statutes; 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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
2. May be required to travel.

Conclusion

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.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.