Seeking Transylvania County Attorney

Transylvania County is seeking a County Attorney.

Duties & Responsibilities:     Serves as the County Attorney for Board of Commissioners, County Manager, Boards and County Departments as well as the general counsel to DSS and its Board, Managers and supervisors.  The position supervises a part-time administrative and part-time paralegal position.

With the Department of Social Services provides legal counsel for child protective services, foster care, adoption, adult protective services and child support enforcement cases. Provide training as necessary for staff in the area of effective testimony and court performance. Assist in the filing of petitions by reviewing and amending all draft petitions to insure legal requirements are met. Confer with appropriate staff on cases to be heard in court. Submit orders to the court based on the state’s model and within the required timelines Schedule hearings in juvenile cases within the guidelines established by state law and policy. Attend Permanency Planning, DSS Board and other meetings as requested by the DSS Director. (Estimated 75% DSS)

With the County provides legal advice to the Board of Commissioners, County Manager, department heads, County departments, agencies, and commissions.  Serves as legal counsel for the Board of Commissioners, County Manager, all Boards and County departments. Prepares and responds to legal claims against the County; researches case law and court rulings; determines merits of a case and points of law; analyzes pertinent statutory and case law, administrative and procedural rules; develops case strategy and legal arguments; conducts civil and administrative litigation. Represents the County in court proceedings at any State and/or Federal level; prepares documents such as discovery, interrogatories, and depositions; prepares witnesses; participates in jury selection; prepares and presents opening and closing arguments before juries; prepares and argues various appropriate legal motions; and cross examines witnesses. Attends meetings of County boards and commissions and renders immediate legal advice when necessary. Prepares contracts for a wide range of services, ensuring legal compliance and elimination of risk for the County; also prepares leases, deeds, agreements and other legal documents. Interprets and drafts ordinances, policies, proclamations and resolutions and makes appropriate recommendations. Researches, analyzes, and interprets legal issues and prepares necessary documentation and recommendations for action; prepares legal opinions and briefs. Conducts legal research on a variety of issues relating to any County service programs and/or administrative business areas; may include research of constitutional law. Consults with Human Resources Director, department heads, the County Manager, and officials on all disciplinary suspensions and termination decisions ensuring compliance with local, State and Federal laws, ordinances, and policies. Prepares documents for and handles real estate closings and acquisitions. Prepares and reviews County policies to for adoption by the Board of Commissioners. Prepares and manages departmental budget. (Estimated 25%)

Minimum Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited school of law, license in good standing with NC Bar to practice law in the State of North Carolina.  Must have strong background in DSS or Family Court/Law.  The preferred candidate will have a strong legal research and writing skills; a broad knowledge and general understanding of applicable local, state and federal laws; and some related experience performing professional legal work and serving as legal counsel in a North Carolina; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Requires knowledge of case, statutory, regulatory and common law including but not limited to GS 153A: Counties, GS 40A: Eminent Domain, GS 108A: Social Services, GS 159: Local Government Finance, GS 160A: Cities and Towns, GS 105: Taxation and the Machinery Act of NC, GS 126 North Carolina Human Resources Act, and Environmental and Natural Resources laws, and State and Federal Constitutional law. Considerable knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures and the rules of evidence. Ability to conduct civil or criminal litigation. Ability to interpret and apply constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, court decisions and other precedents. Ability to research and analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments. Ability to express conclusion and arguments clearly and logically in oral and written forms. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with Board officials, County Manager and department heads, judges, other attorneys, and other employees. Ability to exercise sound judgment.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

CLASSIFICATION:              County Attorney

GRADE:                                 25

SALARY:                               $64,340.64 – 80,425.80 – 96,510.96

DEPARTMENT:                    Legal Department

Application Process: All interested applicants must submit a resume & supporting information to:  County Attorney, Attn:  Sheila Cozart, 101 South Broad Street, Brevard, NC 28712.  For more information inquire at jobs@transylvanicounty.org. If applicants are chosen for further consideration, candidates will be requested to provide writing assessments prior to interviews.

Office Available

One or two small interior offices available at One Oak Plaza, one block from the courthouse. Shared used of well-appointed conference room. Cooperative, friendly environment. Call (828) 252-0602 for additional information.

Contact:
828-252-0602
tom@tomrobertslaw.com

Domestic Violence/ Family Law Attorney

Domestic Violence/ Family Law Attorney
(preexisting position that is now vacant)

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS’ annual budget consists of individual contributions and grants from governments, United Ways, Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts, and foundations.. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services’ primary service area includes six WNC counties, in a mostly rural setting. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, and Marshall. With a dedicated staff of sixty, including attorneys and support staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program serves more than 15,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, and consumer law.

Nature of Position: PLS is seeking a domestic violence (MVPP)/ family law N.C. licensed attorney to work out of our Asheville office. The MVPP helps victims of domestic violence escape domestic violence and live independent of their abusers. MVPP strives to provide holistic services to clients including and beyond the initial protective order.

Responsibilities
• Representation and advice to clients in prevention of domestic violence and other poverty law cases.
• Preventive legal education and outreach.
• Some travel within sixty miles of our offices.
• This attorney will also be responsible for keeping abreast of developments in the law and disseminating information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.
• Handle a caseload of domestic violence prevention cases, involving frequent 50B and custody litigation. Work with domestic violence prevention agencies in the six counties. Some travel within 60 miles is required. Caseload may change in the future to include homelessness prevention and other types of poverty law.

Qualifications
• N.C. licensed attorney
• Spanish language skills would be an asset
• Experience in addressing problems associated with domestic violence, family law, foreclosure prevention, and other areas of poverty law.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary is based on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
Submit resume, cover letter to: employment@pisgahlegal.org. Please specify this position on the cover letter and resume.
Pisgah Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contact:
8282103425
sam@pisgahlegal.org

Domestic Violence/ Family Law Attorney – Rutherfordton

Domestic Violence/ Family Law Attorney – Rutherfordton
(preexisting position that is now vacant)

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS’ annual budget consists of individual contributions and grants from governments, United Ways, Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts, and foundations.. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services’ primary service area includes six WNC counties, in a mostly rural setting. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, and Marshall. With a dedicated staff of sixty, including attorneys and support staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program serves more than 15,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, and consumer law.

Nature of Position: PLS is seeking a full-time domestic violence (MVPP)/ family law N.C. licensed attorney to work out of our Rutherfordton office. The MVPP helps victims of domestic violence escape domestic violence and live independent of their abusers. MVPP strives to provide holistic services to clients including and beyond the initial protective order.

Responsibilities
• Representation and advice to clients in prevention of domestic violence and other poverty law cases.
• Preventive legal education and outreach.
• Some travel within sixty miles of our offices.
• This attorney will also be responsible for keeping abreast of developments in the law and disseminating information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.
• Handle a caseload of domestic violence prevention cases, involving frequent 50B and custody litigation. Work with domestic violence prevention agencies in the six counties. Some travel within 60 miles is required. Caseload may change in the future to include homelessness prevention and other types of poverty law.

Qualifications
• N.C. licensed attorney
• Spanish language skills would be an asset
• Experience in addressing problems associated with domestic violence, family law, foreclosure prevention, and other areas of poverty law.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary is based on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
Submit resume, cover letter to: employment@pisgahlegal.org. Please specify this position on the cover letter and resume.
Pisgah Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contact:
8282103425
sam@pisgahlegal.org

Domestic Violence/ Generalist Attorney (Hendersonville)

Domestic Violence/ Generalist Attorney (Hendersonville)
(newly funded position)

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS’ annual budget consists of individual contributions and grants from governments, United Ways, Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts, and foundations.. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services’ primary service area includes six WNC counties, in a mostly rural setting. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, and Marshall. With a dedicated staff of sixty, including attorneys and support staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program serves more than 15,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, and consumer law.

Nature of Position: PLS is seeking a full-time N.C. licensed attorney to work out of the PLS Hendersonville office on domestic violence (MVPP)/ family law cases and general poverty law cases including landlord/tenant, consumer law, and public benefits issues. The MVPP helps victims of domestic violence escape domestic violence and live independent of their abusers. MVPP strives to provide holistic services to clients including and beyond the initial protective order.
Applicants should have legal aid experience and be passionate about promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, be a creative and zealous attorney and a team-player and be committed to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities.

Responsibilities
• Representation and advice to clients in prevention of domestic violence and other poverty law cases.
• Preventive legal education and outreach.
• Some travel within sixty miles of our offices.
• This attorney will also be responsible for keeping abreast of developments in the law and disseminating information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.
• Handle a caseload of domestic violence prevention cases, involving frequent 50B and custody litigation. Work with domestic violence prevention agencies in the six counties. Some travel within 60 miles is required. Caseload may change in the future to include homelessness prevention and other types of poverty law.

Qualifications
• N.C. licensed attorney
• Spanish language skills would be an asset
• Experience in addressing problems associated with domestic violence, family law, foreclosure prevention, and other areas of poverty law.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary is based on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
Submit resume, cover letter to: employment@pisgahlegal.org. Please specify this position on the cover letter and resume.
Pisgah Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contact:
8282103425
sam@pisgahlegal.org