Job Number: 01-210421-01: Attorney
Company Name: 16th Circuit Court of Jackson
Posting No.: 2021096
Position Title: Attorney Position No.: 9030
Department: Office of Juvenile Officer - Legal Services
Work Location: 625 E. 26th Street - Kansas City MO
Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Salary: County Paid Position - Exempt Grade CA 8 - $1,951.20
Applications must be received by Human Resources no later than
05:00 PM on 04/27/2021
POSITION PURPOSE AND EXAMPLES OF WORK:
POSITION PURPOSE: To litigate cases filed by the Juvenile Officer,
pursuant to state statutes, and to provide legal research,
assistance, and counsel to staff.
MAJOR TASK STATEMENTS & REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVITIES (Percentage of
(The information contained herein is not intended to be an
all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job; other
tasks may be assigned. The area to which the job is assigned will
govern which duties apply. Management reserves the right to amend
and change responsibilities, work shift/schedule, facility, or
department to meet business and organizational needs as necessary,
including, but not limited to the re-assignment of employees and
positions, elimination of positions, and opening, moving, or
closing of facilities and units.)
50% Prepare for trials and hearings; confer with and/or interview
all appropriate parties, compile, review, and research all relative
Consult with and interview involved parties such as attorneys,
victims, law enforcement personnel, court staff, social service
personnel and medical and mental health professionals and
Study case history files and gather and examine other relevant
documents and information.
Review all evidence and conduct research of statutory and case
law as applicable to individual cases.
Determine and isolate critical facts and relevant law and
formulate effective legal theories, strategies, arguments and
testimony on which to present case.
Plan the use of witnesses, which may include expert
Request investigations of significant occurrences or individuals
involved with juveniles.
Perform related work as required to include but not limited to
serve on teams/committees as assigned, cross-training for other
jobs as assigned, and special projects as assigned.
30% Represent Juvenile Officer in all phases of litigation, which
include court appearances for pre-trial hearings, trials,
dispositional hearings, and appellate advocacy.
Present cases in Court to establish Family Court jurisdiction
over juveniles and recommend, seek and achieve an appropriate
disposition to meet the juveniles needs and best interests.
File initial pleadings.
Represent the Juvenile Officer before the Court of
10% Draft legal briefs and memoranda for cases.
Compose legal briefs, appeals for termination of parental rights
and various other legal documents which must be legally sufficient
Prepare other legal documents which must be legally sufficient
10% Provide legal assistance to staff; answer current knowledge of
juvenile law and legislation, and perform related duties.
Operate computer to access information pertaining to status of
Answer juvenile law and procedural related questions from law
enforcement personnel, which may require legal research.
Handle requests for information related to juvenile cases by
reviewing file and obtaining court order to release information, as
Attend meetings, training and seminars.
Maintain and increase knowledge and skill of juvenile law by
reviewing trends and case law on a state and federal level and by
attending educational seminars and conferences.
Provide public and community presentations.
SUPERVISION OF: Assignment of work to departmental investigators
and secretarial staff.
SUPERVISION BY (Include level of Supervision): Managing Attorney
provides general supervision in regard to daily tasks. Director of
Legal Services may assign special projects.
INTERNAL: Judiciary and staff; Division of Family Services to
include Deputy Juvenile Officers.
EXTERNAL: Public and Social Service agencies, Legal Aid staff,
medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel,
crime victims and witnesses, and private attorneys. Responds to
wide variety of requests for services or products; Responsible to
ensure quality and timely delivery. Ensures cases are filed
according to state statues.
PRIMARY EQUIPMENT, TOOLS & MATERIALS USED: Telephone, computer,
copier/printer/scanner/fax, state juvenile code statutes and
various other forms of legal reference material, case history
files, various legal forms, and documents.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
(Education above the minimum stated may be substituted on a year
for year basis for the required general experience; experience
above the minimum stated may be substituted on a year for year
basis for the required education.)
EDUCATION: Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
EXPERIENCE: Some family law or domestic law trial/litigation
experience is beneficial.
Must possess and maintain current license to practice law by the
Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, with membership in good
standing in the Missouri Bar, and provide proof of such.
Must submit to and pass criminal background check as prescribed
by the Court.
Must submit to and pass sex offender registry, and MO/KS child
abuse & neglect checks.
All applicants for this position are subject to testing for
illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Employees in this position are subject to random and reasonable
suspicion testing for illegal drug use.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
(This job description does not include specific physical
requirements necessary to perform the job, such as, carrying,
standing and lifting. Such requirements vary from position to
position and may be determined by the appointing authority)
Knowledge of modern principles, practices, methods and
techniques of law.
Knowledge of general law, state law, and sources of established
precedent of legal reference as required by assigned
Knowledge of legal/judicial systems, and the practice/procedure
in state trial and appellate courts.
Knowledge of the rules of evidence.
Knowledge and strict observance of ethics and professional
responsibility incumbent upon lawyers.
Knowledge of and ability to work with a diverse
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely, both
orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with others.
Ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to
individual cases and problems.
Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and
precedents concerned in work assignments and to prepare written
recommendations and/or opinions.
Ability to prepare for hearings and trials, and to effectively
speak publicly in court.
Ability to make sound decisions in accordance with laws,
regulations and policies and procedures.
Ability to maintain a variety of complex records and prepare
reports from such records.
Ability to operate a personal computer.
Ability to relate in a positive fashion to individuals from a
variety of cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
THE COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Interested Parties/How to Apply:
Please visit our website: https://www.16thcircuit.org/careers