The Position:
The Child Support Attorney II position works under the general direction of the Principal Attorney. The attorneys work very closely with a dedicated team of Child Support Officers and legal support staff handling a high case volume in a fast-paced environment. Depending on training needs, the successful candidate may receive training prior to appearing in court.

The ideal candidate:
  • Will demonstrate strong analytical skills, sound judgment and initiative.
  • Strong customer service skills are required as the position involves a high level of public contact.

Advancement through the Child Support Attorney series is based on seniority and satisfactory performance.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will possess solid oral and written communications skills, analytical and logical reasoning, time management and multitasking abilities, and the ability to work independently as well as be a contributing member the legal team.
  • In addition to knowledge of family law basics, some knowledge of probate, bankruptcy and workers compensation law is a desirable, but not required.

The following incentives and bonuses may be available for eligible new hires. Incentives and bonuses are subject to approval by Human Resources:
  • Vacation Accrual Rate: San Joaquin County vacation accrual rate consistent with the candidate's total years of public service.
  • Sick Leave: Candidates leaving other employment may receive credit for actual non-reimbursable sick leave hours (up to 160 hours) from their last agency. Hours shall be subject to San Joaquin County's minimum sick leave cash out provisions.

Typical Duties:
  • Investigates, researches, and prepares child support cases for civil litigation and enforcement or criminal prosecution; prepares and handles appeals of child support civil and criminal cases.
  • Presents evidence in preliminary hearings in some felony child support enforcement matters; prepares trial briefs and checks questions of law.
  • Presents and litigates or prosecutes child support cases in the Superior and Municipal Courts; presents opening statements, interrogates and cross examines witnesses; argues points of law, and makes final arguments or summations.
  • Conducts interviews to obtain or give information; interviews and advises law enforcement officers and the public in regard to the issuance of routine child support establishment complaints, enforcement actions and complaints; advises family support officers and interviewers on questions of law and procedure in particular cases.
  • Negotiates with attorneys regarding the disposition of civil actions or modification of charges in specific cases; does legal research in specific areas of civil, family and criminal law; analyzes legal issues in pending cases.
  • Prepares correspondence and reports; reviews progress and development of cases with supervisory deputies; processes child support complaints and claims for County Department of Child Support Services.

Minimum Qualifications:
License/Certificate: Active membership in the State Bar of California. Possession of a valid California Driver's License will be required for most positions in this class.

And Either Pattern I
Experience: One year as a Child Support Attorney I in San Joaquin County or in an equivalent class with a government agency.

Or Pattern II
Experience: One year of full time experience in the practice of family law.

Principles of criminal and civil law and their application; rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings; the laws of California; legal research methods; preparation of briefs and opinions.

Analyze legal principles and precedents and to apply them to complex factual legal problems; present arguments and statements of fact and laws clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft opinions, pleadings and briefs; exercise independent judgment, discretion, and initiative concerning their assignments; perform legal research; work cooperatively with others.

Special Requirement: Must be able to pass an extensive background check.

Physical/Mental Requirements:
Mobility-Frequent operation of computers; repetitive motion; sitting for extended periods; walking; occasional driving may be required; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Vision-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motions; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration and public contact; occasional exposure to grief; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime.