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Deputy General Counsel

Recruitment #190920-UNCE-492

Introduction




APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Please submit to Human Resources on or before the closing date:

• A letter of interest in the Deputy General Counsel position. Include in the letter the title of the position, announcement number and daytime contact information (personal telephone number and email address).
• A current resume
• A writing sample
• If currently a state employee, please provide current or most recent PMP evaluation.

Send to: 

OBN Headquarters - Human Resources
 419 N.E. 38th Terrace
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
Fax: 405-530-3845
or email directly to HR at
cnolen@obn.state.ok.us 

Contact Crystal Nolen with questions at:
405-530-3145 / 1-800-522-8031

Application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on the closing date.
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Work Locations: OBN Headquarters, OKC
Division: Legal

Requirements: 
A selected classified applicant must sign a letter of understanding that they are resigning the classified service to accept the position in the unclassified service.

Education and Experience Requirements
• Must be licensed to practice law in Oklahoma at the time of your application.
• Eligible for admission to any federal district court in Oklahoma, if required.
• A minimum of 5 years of experience as a licensed attorney is required.
• Criminal prosecution experience is required. First chair jury trial experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have litigation experience, including motion practice. Preference will be given to the candidate with criminal jury trial experience. Research and writing/critical thinking skills are important to this position. Experience in civil and/or administrative practice is a plus. The successful candidate will be a self-starter that can manage his/her own workload. Most importantly, this position is for the attorney that understands the importance of being a team player, and who enjoys a reputation for excellent character, professionalism, and a demonstrated ability to safeguard highly-sensitive information.

Other Requirements
Subsequent to conditional offer of employment, a background investigation, polygraph, and drug test must be successfully completed.  Applicants must possess a valid Oklahoma driver's license at the time of appointment. Overnight travel to anywhere in Oklahoma may be required. However, most travel for work is same day.

Summary of the position:
The Deputy General Counsel is a key member of the OBN Legal Division. As a member of the legal team, you will have significant responsibility from your first day on the job. This position will give the successful candidate broad-based legal experience. The Deputy General Counsel will assist the OBN General Counsel in administrative, civil, and criminal matters, as well as formulating legal advice for OBN leadership and agents. This position will perform the duties as OBN’s chief legal advisor in the General Counsel’s absence.

Typical functions:
• Reviews property seizures and makes the filing decision of asset forfeiture cases. Manages the litigation of all OBN asset forfeiture cases in any district court statewide. This includes drafting and responding to discovery;
• Assists in all phases of criminal prosecutions generated by an OBN investigation wherever assistance is requested;
• Prepares training courses and provides legal instruction to law enforcement agencies statewide;
• Reviews investigations, files, and prosecutes administrative cases filed against OBN registrants;
• Conducts independent legal research on a variety of legal issues;
• Renders legal advice to OBN agents and administration on any OBN legal matters;
• Reviews and analyzes any legal documents on behalf of OBN (e.g., legislation, warrants, case information, contracts, agreements, forms, etc.) to determine legality, liability, and advisability of action;
• Upon request, researches and drafts appropriate legislation in furtherance of the OBN mission;
• Manages ongoing legislative matters
• May be required to travel to any county statewide to represent OBN’s legal interests;
• Operates a variety of modern office equipment, including computer, phone, fax, scanner, and copier.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Perform professional legal research in support of your representation of OBN’s legal interests. The ability to perform legal research on Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Fastcase, the Oklahoma State Court Network, printed or internet-based digital legal resources is expected;
• Must have the ability to operate a PC-compatible computer in a Microsoft Office 365 environment. Outlook and Word are used daily. PowerPoint is used frequently. Some ability to use Excel is also helpful.
• Must be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English;
• Ability to skillfully advocate in a courtroom environment before a state, federal, or administrative court.
• Ability to read and understand complex statutes, case law, contracts, etc., to identify/analyze legal issues, and apply the rule of law to the appropriate case;
• Prepare comprehensive, written legal documents;
• Respond as needed (both during and after regular business hours) to provide legal assistance and direction for OBN law enforcement actions.

Conclusion

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



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