STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B20   

Class No. 3501

ATTORNEY I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs entry-level attorney work. Work involves examining and preparing legal documents, rendering legal advice and counsel, conducting hearings, and assisting in preparing cases for agency hearings and/or trials. Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Advises staff and the public on legal matters and the interpretation and application of agency regulations and state and federal laws.

Prepares legal opinions, briefs, contracts, proposals, and reports.

Researches points of law involved in hearings to determine the validity and completeness of cases cited.

Investigates alleged law violations and prepares reports of findings.

Assists in conducting administrative, regulatory, evidentiary, and enforcement hearings.

Assists in preparing cases for court trial and in representing the agency in matters before court as appropriate.

May preside over administrative hearings to set rates, suspend or cancel permits, assess penalties, or consider related matters; to rule on procedural and evidentiary issues; and to develop administrative records.

May draft memoranda on regulatory matters and draft administrative rules for the Texas Register.

May research, draft, and/or assist in drafting bills and amendments for legislative consideration.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in legal work. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; and of agency administrative rules and regulations.

Skill in legal research, writing, and analysis; in the use of a computer and applicable software; in using reasoning and logic; in identifying and solving complex problems; in prioritizing workloads; and in using judgment to identify courses of action.

Ability to conduct hearings, to prepare opinions and briefs, to prepare cases for trial, to conduct research, to summarize findings, to interpret and apply laws, to use legal reference materials, and to communicate effectively.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

Must be licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas.


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