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Legal Counsel

Company: Curry County
Location: Gold Beach
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The County Legal Counsel performs a variety of legal services for the Board of Commissioners and all County departments relative to civil matters. The legal services performed are in such varied fields as land use, bankruptcy, assessment and taxation, torts, contracts, labor law, real property and municipal law. In addition to the above-referenced legal services, the County Legal Counsel serves as the risk manager for Curry County. Examples of Duties Provides legal counsel to the County Board of Commissioners, County officers, departments and various boards and commissions; attends public meetings and work sessions; advises on legal rights and responsibilities and other legal issues.Advises and provides training to County department staff on appropriate action for a variety of legal problems and issues including risk management; interprets Federal, State and local legislation, statutes, rules and regulations; reviews and makes recommendations of proposed policy or procedural changes.Researches and prepares ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, leases, deeds and other legal documents; investigates and analyzes legal issues.Researches, studies and interprets the application of laws, court decisions and other legal authorities and precedents; prepares legal opinions, memoranda briefs.Reviews all claims against the County and takes appropriate action including coordination with the Countys risk management consultants.Prosecutes, defends and appeals legal actions, suits and other proceedings on behalf of the County; prepares and presents cases at trials or hearings; investigates facts; interviews and deposes witnesses; prepares case reports and summaries.Serves as Risk Manager for the County. Education/Experience Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school; five years experience in the practice of law, preferably with experience in public law; or any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the ability to perform the above described duties. Other Qualification Knowledge of - Thorough knowledge of Oregon and Federal law; rules of evidence; legal practices, procedures and terminology; court procedures;legal research methods and methods for preparing various legal documents associated with administrative and judicial proceedings. Considerable knowledge of the principles and procedures of civil law. Familiarity with personal computers. Ability to - organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge in conducting legal research and preparing legal opinions;communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, court officials, other attorneys and the public. Special requirements - Member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar Association. Admission to Practice in the Federal Courts.PHYSICAL DEMANDS:Desk job. Many hours working on computer, involving viewing computer screen, keyboarding, and using the telephone. May involve standing and public speaking. Some travel required. Some lifting required.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. Pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check required.

Keywords: Curry County, Medford , Legal Counsel, Other , Gold Beach, Oregon

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