Self Help Attorney
Company: Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
Posted on: October 12, 2019
SELF HELP ATTORNEY
$4,093.81 - $5,493.66 Biweekly
19SHA - 01
10/27/2019 11:59 PM Pacific
Definition and Class Characteristics
Under general supervision, the Self-Help Attorney is responsible
for developing, planning, implementing, and administering the
court's Self Help Program in assigned case types, including but not
limited to Family Law, Civil and Probate. Incumbents in this
position report to the Managing Self-Help Attorney and provide
legal services to litigants not represented by counsel. Incumbents
may have responsibilities for the direct supervision of
paraprofessional staff and interns
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Plan, implement, and administer Self Help program activities;
Develop and implement educational materials, workshops, and
presentations for self-represented litigants, court staff, judicial
officers, and justice partners on subject matter related to
assigned case types and self-help services;
Design and develop online content for the Court's Self Help
website, which publicizes court services, provides multi-media
informational videos, online courses, appointment schedulers, and
other content aimed at educating the self-represented litigant;
Distribute and explain necessary court forms; provide instruction
on completing the forms;
Identify and provide referrals to court services and other
community agencies and resources that provide relevant
Prepare and maintain records of the court, monthly statistical
reports, and scheduling;
Research legal issues and statutory requirements to assist
Advise self-represented litigants on types of relief available;
Lead and direct the work of staff and interns;
Use specialized software programs such as Articulate, Camtasia or
other content development tools;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education: Graduation from an accredited law school.
Experience: Four (4) years of experience which includes a minimum
of two (2) years of related experience in civil and/or probate law
and a minimum of two (2) years' experience providing legal services
within a legal aid, public interest and/or self-help services
organization in the State of California.
Preferred: Proficiency in court forms software programs.
License or Certifications: Active membership and good standing
within the State Bar of California;
Extensive knowledge of: court procedures, program and policy
development and implementation, self-help related resources and
referral services; case management practices; laws, regulation and
professional practice relating to issues, disputes, and
resolutions; legal terminology, court operations and courtroom
procedure; and governmental and private community resources and
Ability to: Exercise judgment to choose among possible options
often without clear precedents; develop organizational
expectations; train staff in applying professional principles
within the court system; establish rapport with clients;
effectively assist clients under stressful circumstances; identify
and utilize support services and community resources; prepare
concise reports and records, develop and conduct independent
research projects; review literature, codes, laws, records as
related to assigned case type, understand and interpret the effect
of legislative changes on the Self-Help Program; effectively
communicate with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and
Judgment and Responsibility: Incumbents receive limited direction
within a broad framework of policies and procedures and may
supervise other staff, including interns. Assigned duties require
the exercise of judgment to choose among possible actions, often
without clear precedents. Erroneous recommendations, decisions, or
failure to meet compliance and achieve objectives could result in
substantial delays and considerable expenditure of resources.
Special Requirement: The employee must have the ability to
transport himself/herself between or among different work locations
when needed to carry out job-related essential functions. If
traveling in own vehicle or court vehicle you must possess a valid
California Driver License. An employee in this classification may
be required to complete a Form 700 dependent upon his/her budgetary
Physical Demands: Strength, dexterity, coordination and vision to
use a keyboard and video display terminal for long periods of time.
Hearing and speaking ability to communicate clearly on the
telephone, to groups of customers in workshop settings, and at a
public counter. Dexterity and coordination to handle files and
single pieces of paper; occasional lifting of objects weighing up
to 25 lbs. such as files, stacks of papers, reference and other
materials. Moving from place to place within an office; some
reaching for items above and below desk level.
Work Environment: Generally clean work environment with limited
exposure to conditions such as dust fumes, odors or noise. Computer
display terminal is used on a daily basis. Employees in this class
may be required to arrange transportation for field travel and/or
use their personal vehicle.
Clarifying Statement: This job description will be reviewed
periodically and responsibilities may change with business
necessity. This job description is not intended and should not be
construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, or
working conditions associated with this job.
Step I: Applications will be reviewed to identify candidates who
meet the minimum qualifications; qualified candidates may be
referred to step II in the selection process.
Step II: This step consists of a review by the Subject Matter
Expert. Qualified candidates who pass this step may be referred to
Step III of the selection process.
Step III: This step will consist of an oral panel interview
(weighted 100%). Those candidates who are successful in the
interview, may be placed on the eligible list. Placement on the
eligible list is not a guarantee of employment.
Candidates will be notified via email of their status at each step
of the process.
Additional steps for the selection process will include a
background and reference check.
Riverside Superior Court provides reasonable accommodations upon
request for applicants with disabilities. Please contact the Human
Resources Department at 951-777-3017 or HR@riverside.courts.ca.gov
if you feel you will need an accommodation for any aspect of the
selection process. The Human Resources Department asks that it be
advised of special needs at least five days prior to the
examination so that a reasonable accommodation may be made.
Unit: Management Support
FLSA Status: Exempt/ At-Will
Reports to: Managing Attorney (Self-Help)
Amount of Travel Required: 20-30%
Work Schedule: M- F (min. 8 hrs. per day)
Positions Supervised: None
Pay Scale ID / Level: ATTY/12
MEDICAL PLAN and Dental PLAN
The Court offers medical and dental plans.
Employees may waive the Court-offered Medical and Hospital Plan, if
they provide proof of other current "group" health plan
MEDICAL FLEXIBLE BENEFIT PROGRAM
The Court contributes an amount each month, which is determined by
the type of enrollment selected, on behalf of each regular employee
in a paid status, who is enrolled in one of the medical and
hospital plans provided by the Superior Court of California, County
Flexible Benefit contributions shall be reduced on a pro-rated
basis for an employee working less than full
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