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Counsel to the Chief Justice Job Description

Job series: Counsel to the Chief Justice
FLSA status: Excluded
OCC Group: Professional Services
Job code: R46030
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 5/4/2011      

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
This is a highly responsible professional and administrative position serving as and executive advisor to the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. The incumbent is responsible for handling liaison, administrative, and legal functions for the Chief Justice.
 
DISTINGUISHING FACTORS
This class is distinguished from other classification on the basis of providing highly technical legal, professional and administrative support to the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.  This position will report directly to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Performs administrative duties for the Chief Justice or other Justices of the Supreme Court as requested by the Chief Justice.
 
Attends speaking engagements, conferences, and various meetings with the Chief Justice.
 
Assists Chief Justice in editing and proofreading speeches and other major presentations.
 
Assists in briefing Chief Justice prior to meetings and conferences and advises the Chief Justice on policy matters.
 
Makes presentations to public groups on behalf of Chief Justice.
 
Reviews potential legislation pertaining to the judiciary. May meet with the house and senate judiciary committees and other legislative subcommittees with the Chief Justice or on his/her behalf.
 
May attend legislative meetings with the Chief Justice to highlight the judicial department's point of view concerning potential legislation.
 
Provides recommendations to the Chief Justice concerning impacts of potential legislation affecting the judicial department.
 
Keeps Chief Justice regularly informed of issues affecting the judicial department.
 
Consults with and advises the Chief Justice regarding legal reasoning and reviews facts, recommends outcomes, and provides interpretation of law.
 
Drafts legal memoranda including appropriate suggestions or recommendations for cases assigned to the Chief Justice and assists in review of opinions. May occasionally assist the Chief Justice in the preparation of opinions.
 
Discusses issues with Justices and staff attorneys to ensure accuracy of interpreting and analyzing law.
 
Performs other duties as assigned.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for one's own work product and some positions may provide guidance, assistance, or mentorship to less knowledgeable or experienced coworkers, volunteers, or interns. This may include scheduling of work, instructing in work methods, and reviewing work products. May provide input into the hiring and discipline/termination processes. Normally has input into performance evaluation process.
 
QUALIFICATIONS   
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited law school, possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Colorado; eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Colorado; and four years of experience in the practice of law, which must have included at least two years of litigation experience.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and arms to perform repetitive motions; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Occasionally handles emergency or crisis situations; frequently subject to interruptions, and multiple calls and inquiries. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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