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State Of Utah: Assistant Attorney General – Child Protection – Salt Lake

State of Utah

This is a Full-time position in Taylorsville, UT posted August 26, 2021.

JOBAssistant Attorney General Child ProtectionThe Utah Office of the Attorney General, Child Protection Division, has an immediate opening for an attorney to represent the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) in the Third District Juvenile Court in abuse, neglect, and dependency proceedings.

This position is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Applicants must be able to manage a high volume of very active cases, moving at a fast pace with much at stake in terms of impact to children and families.

Incumbent is also responsible to approve warrants to search for and remove children from parents’ custody; screen cases with ChildProtective Services and law enforcement; perform legal research; prepare summonses, petitions, subpoenas, discovery responses, motions, memoranda, orders, and other legal documents; and consult with DCFS representatives.

They will represent DCFS at multi-disciplinary-team meetings, family-team meetings, and mediations in addition to other meetings, as necessary.

The successful candidate will prosecute abuse, neglect and dependency matters at shelter, pre-trial, adjudication, disposition, review, permanency, and other hearings; and will prosecute petitions to terminate parental rights and appear at associated hearings.

Preference will be given to applicants with prosecution or other trial experience.

Applicants must possess excellent written and oral advocacy skills and have the experience and ability to immediately take over an existing caseload.

Membership in the Utah State Bar in good standing is required.EXAMPLE OF DUTIESPrepares cases by conducting legal research and gathering evidence.Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.Determines discovery needs, and/or completes discovery; participates in decision making and strategy sessions in preparing cases for court and determining evidence to be used.Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and/or other written materials.Receives, researches and responds to incoming questions or complaints; provides information, explains policy and procedures, and/or facilitates a resolution.Represents the state or the employing agency in lawsuits, grievances, negotiations, complaints and/or other matters.Drafts working documents; prepares documents consisting of concise decisions based upon facts of case interpretations of law and compliance with state and federal standards.Conducts conferences with defendants and/or attorneys, negotiates settlements, and prepares witnesses to testify in court.Represents agency at formal or informal hearings and/or trials.May be required to travel to various court locations and stay overnight.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)agency and/or organizational program(s)communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writingread, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or proceduresspeak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verballylegal processes and proceduresapplicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedurescivil and criminal justice lawsunderstand and apply case and statutory lawevaluate information against a set of standardsuse logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusionslaws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, the democratic political process, and legislative historyperform legal research using case law and appropriate techniqueslaws governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act)make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutionsdeal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalismprovide consultation and/or expert advice or testimonyrules of evidence and civil and/or criminal procedureinterpret and apply legal decisions and identify current and emerging trends in interpretationprinciples, theories, and practices of judicial or administrative lawSUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONA Juris Doctorate is required.Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.G., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc.A conditional offer of employment will be made pending a satisfactory completion of a background investigation.Must be able to travel as required.Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA 53-3-202(1)(a).Active membership in the Utah State Bar.

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