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Self Help Attorney

Company: Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
Location: Riverside
Posted on: October 12, 2019

Job Description:

SELF HELP ATTORNEY

Salary
$4,093.81 - $5,493.66 Biweekly
Location
Riverside, CA
Job Type
Full-time
Department
Legal Services
Job Number
19SHA - 01

Closing
10/27/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

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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

Essential Duties

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 services;

Prepare and maintain records of the court, monthly statistical reports, and scheduling;

Research legal issues and statutory requirements to assist litigants;

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.

Minimum Qualifications

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 referral agencies.

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 temperaments.

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.

Other Information

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 authority.

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.

SELECTION PROCEDURES:

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.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

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 coverage.
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 of Riverside.
Flexible Benefit contributions shall be reduced on a pro-rated basis for an employee working less than full

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