ATTORNEY I/II/III/IV - CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEYS
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Series Specification/Deep Class
Under direction, to perform professional legal work for the County through the Department of Child Support Services; to prepare and try civil cases in Family courts; to supervise enforcement and collection under applicable California Civil/Government/Family Code Section; to perform special or supervisory assignments on a rotational basis; 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 need no experience practicing law and work under the direction of a more experienced attorney.
Attorney II is the second professional level. Incumbents will handle routine cases with normal guidance from a more experienced attorney. Incumbents may be assigned ongoing administrative responsibility for a functional area.
Attorney III is the third professional level. Incumbents will generally handle any case in Superior Court with only occasional guidance. Incumbents may be assigned ongoing administrative responsibility for a functional area. A Supervising Attorney assignment (deep class) may be assigned on a rotational basis.
Attorney IV is the fully qualified journey level. Incumbents generally handle the more complex cases in any court in the County. Incumbents may be assigned ongoing administrative responsibility for a functional area and serve as Supervising Attorney in their absence. An Attorney IV for assignment manage ment, supervision and/or budget preparation (deep class) may be assigned on a rotational basis.
Prepares and handles civil cases related to child support under the jurisdiction of the Department of Child Support Services; reviews reports, evidence and makes decisions on actions to be brought; interviews and advises complainants and witnesses; examines, evaluates and presents evidence; negotiates case dispositions with opposing counsel; tries civil cases before administrative hearing officers, Federal, and State courts; processes appeals in Federal and State courts, prepares opinions, briefs, pleadings, warrants, and other legal documents; studies and analyzes writs, pleadings, exhibits, case files and records in order to ascertain the issues before the court and appropriate legal precedent; conducts specialized legal research and prepares memoranda regarding the results of such research; provides legal advice and training to applicable agencies. A Level III/IV may serve as Supervising Attorney respon sible for supervising subordinate attorneys including: assigning and reviewing of cases; preparing performance evaluations; providing technical and adminis trative supervision, advice and training; making case filing decisions; devel oping new or improving existing systems and procedures to facilitate efficient and effective work flow of cases in the office and through the courts; negoti ating, and/or approving settlement decisions; acting as a liaison between the work unit and related departments and agencies on assigned cases; providing coverage for attorneys in unit as needed and maintaining an additional case load, as required. Litigate and negotiate the most complex and intricate civil cases or assignments related to child support.
Some knowledge of:
Working knowledge of the above, plus:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying unless otherwise specified. 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 and family law.
Attorney III: Two years of experience as an attorney practicing civil and family law related to child support.
Attorney IV: Three years of experience as an attorney practicing civil and family related to child support.
Experience gained after admission to a State Bar.
Bargaining Unit: 61
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 32
Workers Comp Code: 0053