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Associate Staff Attorney Job Description

Job series:  Staff Attorney
FLSA status: Exempt
OCC Group: Professional Services
Job code: R45310
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 1/24/2003.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Provides highly complex legal services by preparing preliminary opinions, performing jurisdictional screening, and reviewing motions filed with the Court. 
 
DISTINGUISHING FACTORS
Positions in this classification are distinguished from Deputy Chief Staff Attorneys and the Chief Staff Attorney by the lack of full supervisory responsibility for other staff attorneys.   Supervision is received from a Deputy Staff Attorney or the Chief Staff Attorney. 
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Reviews and summarizes appellate briefs and trial court records in order to prepare for researching and drafting advisory opinions. Includes verifying facts in briefs with the actual record. 
 
Researches, analyzes, and appraises relevant sources of law, including case law and statutes in order to determine an appropriate outcome for an appeal. 
 
Interprets various sources of law and verifies appeal parties' interpretation of the law.
 
Analyzes and applies legal reasoning of fact to relevant law.
 
Drafts advisory opinions of law and fact with a recommended outcome. 
 
Screens appeals for timeliness and jurisdictional defects submitted to the Colorado appellate courts. 
 
Consults with and advises judges regarding legal reasoning and reviews facts, recommends outcomes, and provides interpretation of law.
 
Discusses issues with judges and other staff attorneys to ensure accuracy of interpreting and analyzing law.
 
Reads legal opinions on an ongoing basis to maintain knowledge in a particular area of law.
 
Some positions may select, train and supervise interns in appellate court procedure and practice.
 
Attends meetings and training as required.
 
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 three years of experience in the practice of law.
 
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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