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Deputy Chief Staff Attorney Job Description

Job Series: Staff Attorney
FLSA status: Exempt
OCC Group: Professional Services
Job code: R45320
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 1/24/2003.


Provides highly complex legal services and participates in the supervision of Associate Staff Attorneys for the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Positions in this classification are distinguished from Associate Staff Attorneys due to the supervisory responsibilities required in this position.    Supervision is received from the Chief Staff Attorney. 
Researches, analyzes, drafts recommended written opinions, consults with judges on legal issues of general and specific nature, and attends oral arguments. 
Assists in the recruitment, selection, and termination of employees for the unit. 
Assists in establishing expectations and providing employee performance feedback on an on-going and annual basis. Assists subordinates in establishing goals. Evaluates subordinates' goal achievement through conferences or informal meetings. Makes decisions regarding subordinate's employment probationary/trial period.
Assists in assigning duties and responsibilities to staff; develops and establishes procedures for operating and maintaining required administrative systems.
Develops and implements new policies in conjunction with the Chief Staff Attorney. Implements policy changes from the State Court Administrator's Office and Chief Justice Directives.
Reads opinions on an ongoing basis to maintain knowledge in a particular area of law.
Attends meetings and training as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Has supervisory accountability for other employees, volunteers, or interns. Plans, directs and coordinates activities for a unit. Duties may include scheduling and assigning work, providing training in all facets of work, quality control, and decisions impacting the pay, status and tenure of others. Conducts performance appraisals, and provides input into and participates in discipline, dismissal, and hiring processes.
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.
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.
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.
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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