Staff Attorney

Recruitment #191112-UNCE-590

Introduction

STAFF ATTORNEY

FUNCTION:
The primary responsibility of the Staff Attorney for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is to provide research, legal opinions, advice, counsel, and assistance to the Board, Executive Director, Deputy Director, and staff.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The duties of this position may include, but are not limited to the following:

Legal Advice
• Provides advice and counsel to the Board, Executive Director, and Deputy Director on questions of law pertaining to pardons, paroles, commutations, clemencies as well as personnel and other agency matters;
• Assists in the development of policies and procedures for the Board and the agency;
• Serves as primary point of contact in the development of potential legislation and  the review of legislation which impacts the agency;
• Assists in the process of  Administrative Rulemaking to further agency procedures pertaining to pardons, paroles, commutations, and/or clemencies;
• Drafts legal opinions and request opinions from the Office of Attorney General about the Open Meeting and Records Act;
• Responds to Open Record requests; and,
• Responds to subpoena requests.

Revocation Proceedings
• Logs, reviews, and maintains files for all parole revocations received from the Department of Corrections (DOC);
• Collaborates with the DOC to schedule parole revocation hearings on a monthly basis;
• Serves as the Executive Hearing Officer for all parole revocation hearings;
• Conducts all hearings pursuant to the legal requirements of Morrissey v. Brewer;
• Drafts summaries of the proceedings and makes recommendations for the Governor’s consideration; and,
• Prepares the draft Revocation Certificates for all revocations for the Governor’s consideration.

Expungement Proceedings
• Reviews all Petitions for Expungement for accuracy;
• Redacts all appropriate information from the Board’s records per Orders of Expungement;
• Directs staff to redact all appropriate information for public view and seal all information from public review; and,
• Documents and maintains all information accessible to the Board.

Litigation Support
• Drafts and files answers and briefs in response to civil litigation in which the Pardon and Parole Board is a party;
• Works closely with Litigation Division at the Office of the Attorney General on all civil matters;
• Serves as a liaison between the Board and the Office of the Attorney General;
• Assists with responses to discovery;
• Prepares employees to serve as witnesses; and,
• Monitors the progress of all litigation.  

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Juris Doctorate Degree with a minimum of five (5) experience of practice in the criminal justice field;
• Licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma;
• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written;
• Ability to communicate and work well with other government officials and agencies;
• Good organizational skills with the ability to plan, coordinate, and evaluate activities in multiple areas;
• Ability to utilize tact, discretion, and diplomacy when interacting with Board members, criminal justice professionals and the public;
• The ability to work independently and within a team on special and/or ongoing projects;
• The ability to follow oral and written instructions;
• Ability to exercise initiative;
• Ability to direct and supervise the work of legal interns and others;
• Make decisions in accordance with laws, rules, and regulations and apply policies to difficult problems;
• Interpret, analyze and resolve complex issues;
• Ability to interpret and apply rules and policies as provided in the agency’s Employee Handbook and Policies and Procedures Manual;
• Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship;
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and,
• Applicant must possess a valid Oklahoma State Driver’s license at the time of appointment in order to perform necessary travel and must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.
Preferred
• Knowledge of state government;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Publisher and Access;
• Experience in coordinating and/or providing training for criminal justice professionals;
• Knowledge in administrative rule making; and,
• Knowledge of Open Records Act and Open Meeting Act.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF THE POSITION:
• Sitting at a desk and using a computer terminal and keyboard;
• Filing and retrieving hardcopy and electronic files;
• Using recording equipment to record;
• Using the scanner, calculator, copier, and fax machine;
• Making and receiving telephone calls throughout the day; and,
• Ability to travel on occasion.

Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.


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