Description:

Purpose of Classification:
The purpose of this classification is to provide professional level legal research assistance and advice to an assigned judge in an assigned court.

Essential Functions:
  • The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Conducts legal research: identifies and investigates the facts of legal matters; researches and reviews local, state and federal laws and ordinances, case law, judicial opinions, mandates and other sources; analyzes and interprets research; determines laws applicable to issues before court; drafts legal documents/memoranda on court cases, writs, and specific points of law; makes recommendations to assist judge in making informed rulings; and briefs judge on issues in pending cases.
  • Prepares and drafts legal summaries, bench memos, orders and opinions: submits the same for judge's review and/or signature; proofreads and edits orders and opinions prepared by assigned judge; evaluates and analyzes orders and motions; and ensures compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Assists with courtroom processes: communicates with counsel regarding case management and procedural requirements; determines the priority of cases; facilitates the orderly movement of litigation or appeals; schedules hearings; and conducts and participates in pre-trial negotiations, arbitration, and mediation as required.
  • Assists judge during courtroom proceedings: records extensive notes during court hearings; edits and prepares jury charges for trials; and files legal documents with Court Clerk.
  • Maintains a current, comprehensive knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, principles and practices relating to Henry County Courts: reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; and attends meetings, workshops, hearings, and training sessions as required.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
  • Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
  • Communicates with County judges and other court officials, supervisor, other County employees, attorneys, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Additional Functions:
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctorate required; this classification is considered to be an entry-level professional position, however previous work experience is preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain membership in the Georgia State Bar Association.
  • Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all County or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

Performance Aptitudes:
  • Data Utilization: Requires the ability to coordinate, manage, and/or correlate data. Includes exercising judgment in determining time, place and/or sequence of operations, referencing data analyses to determine necessity for revision of organizational components, and in the formulation of operational strategy.
  • Human Interaction: Requires the ability to work with others to coordinate the more complex programs and more complex problems associated with the responsibilities of the job. Often represents the department and/or organization when dealing with others.
  • Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
  • Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize consulting and advisory data and information, as well as reference, descriptive and/or design data and information as applicable, such as legal orders, legal documents, court orders, jury charges, court calendars, laws and statutes, motions, legal opinions, etc.
  • Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may require ability to utilize principles of fractions and/or interpret graphs.
  • Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving broader aspects of organizational programs and operations, moderately unstable situations, or the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs.

ADA Compliance:
Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.