ATTORNEY I (COUNTY COUNSEL'S OFFICE)
ATTORNEY II (COUNTY COUNSEL'S OFFICE)
ATTORNEY III (COUNTY COUNSEL'S OFFICE)
ATTORNEY IV (COUNTY COUNSEL'S OFFICE)
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Under direction, to perform professional legal work, to prepare and try civil cases in the courts; to provide legal advice and assistance to County officers and agencies; and do other work as required.
Attorney I is the entry and first professional level. Incumbents are required to be members of the California State Bar, but have little or no experience practicing law, and work under direction of a more experienced attorney.
Attorney II is the second professional level. Incumbents are assigned issues and cases of average difficulty and work under the guidance of a more experienced attorney.
Attorney III is the third professional level. Incumbents handle more complex issues and cases with only occasional guidance.
Attorney IV is the fully qualified journey level. Incumbents handle any cases or issues assigned with administrative direction.
Confers with and advises boards, commissions, County Departments, agencies, and special districts on Civil Law matters; tries civil cases in State and Federal Courts; tries administrative matters and prosecutes appeals; argues motions and other special proceedings; prepares legal opinions and memoranda based upon statutes, governmental regulations, court cases and common law; reviews legislation; prepares ordinances, resolutions, deeds, contracts, leases and other legal instruments.
Thorough knowledge of the above, plus:
Attorney III and IV
Thorough knowledge of the above.
Training: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:
Attorney I: Graduation from law school
Attorney II: One year of experience* as an attorney practicing civil law for a public agency or two years of full time experience practicing general civil law.
Attorney III: Two years of experience* as an attorney practicing Civil law for a public agency or three years of full time experience as an attorney practicing general civil law.
Attorney IV: Three years of experience* as an attorney practicing Civil law for a public agency or four years of full time experience as an attorney practicing general civil law.
Membership in the California State Bar.
*Means experience gained after admission to a State Bar.