State of Maryland

ASSISTANT PEOPLE’S COUNSEL I (#009020)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $57,878.00-$89,484.00 Yearly


GRADE

9990

NATURE OF WORK

This is the entry level of work providing legal services for the Office of People’s Counsel. Employees in this classification monitor the utility industry and represent the interests of residential and non-commercial consumers of public utilities before the Maryland Public Service Commission, the courts, and federal and State agencies. Employees in this classification do not supervise.

Employees in these classifications receive close supervision from the People’s Counsel or the Deputy People’s Counsel. Employees in these classifications may be required to travel throughout the State to attend evening and weekend hearings and meetings and may be required to work overtime to meet deadlines.

The Assistant People’s Counsel I, II and III are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The assistant People’s Counsel I performs duties under close supervision. The Assistant People’s Counsel II performs duties under close supervision at times and under moderate supervision at other times depending upon the complexity of the specific duty being performed. The Assistant People’s Counsel III performs the full range of duties under general supervision. The Assistant People’s Counsel III is differentiated from Assistant People’s Counsel IV in that in addition to performing the full range of duties, the Assistant People’s Counsel IV functions as a specialist for a particular industry.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Represents the interests of residential and non-commercial consumers of public utilities before the Maryland Public Service Commission, the courts, and federal and State agencies;

Evaluates consumer complaints and suggestions to determine and make recommendations regarding issues to be brought to the attention of the People’s Counsel, the Public Service Commission and other agencies;

Evaluates and analyzes utility company and court actions to determine and make recommendations regarding appropriate actions to be taken by the People’s Counsel;

Performs research to discover legal precedent, opinions and decisions and other information relevant to positions taken by the People’s Counsel;

Prepares legal documents, reports and summaries and drafts motions and arguments in order to present cases;

Negotiates settlements with the concurrence of the People’s Counsel;

Attends and participates in public hearings, conferences and meetings with consumer groups to exchange information on matters of rate making and public policy;

May provide advice and guidance to less experienced Assistants People’s Counsels;

May act as lead attorney before the Maryland Public Service Commission, the courts and federal and State agencies;

May conduct and address public hearings, conferences and meetings with consumer groups to exchange information on matters of rate making and public policy;

May review legislative proposals and recommend and prepare People’s Counsel positions to be presented to the Maryland General Assembly;

Performs other related duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or an equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: (II) Eighteen months, (III) three years of experience in a government agency practicing law related to the regulation of public utilities or (II) two, (III) four years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. Employees in these classifications must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of appointment.

2. An Assistant People’s Counsel II must be a member of Bar of any state or federal jurisdiction at the time of appointment.

3. The above requirements are set by the Office of People’s Counsel in accordance with Article 78, Sections 14 – 15B of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in general attorney classification or general attorney specialty codes in the legal and kindred group field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or an equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: (II) Eighteen months, (III) three years of experience in a government agency practicing law related to the regulation of public utilities or (II) two, (III) four years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. Employees in these classifications must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of appointment.

2. An Assistant People’s Counsel II must be a member of Bar of any state or federal jurisdiction at the time of appointment.

3. The above requirements are set by the Office of People’s Counsel in accordance with Article 78, Sections 14 – 15B of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class descriptions broadly define groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Revised

09/01/2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 009020; EST: ; REV: 9/1/2014;

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