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A Senior Attorney in the Office of Professional Competence will have lead responsibility for devising and developing the State Bar’s preventative education curriculum, serving as the subject matter expert for content development for online learning modules and self-assessment The Senior Attorney will use knowledge of education design for adult learners and learning experience architecture in the e-Learning to produce engaging and media rich content Along with the State Bar’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider team, the Senior Attorney will develop robust requirements to ensure high quality education. The Senior Attorney will use their advanced knowledge of California legal ethics, including the Rules of Professional Conduct and the State Bar Act. Attention to detail, creativity, project management skills, and compliance with procedures and policies in a regulatory agency environment are a must.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Independently researches, analyzes, interprets, and applies legal principles of the most complex nature within the assigned work area.
• Assists in the selection, evaluation, training and direction of Attorneys, Investigators and legal support staff.
• Conducts legal research in various areas of federal and state law, including case decisions, evidentiary law, statutory law, procedural and court rules, and legislation.
• Prepares legal documents, including pleadings, subpoenas, memoranda, letters, proposals, and/or other documents.
• Maintains adequate case, file, and related records to ensure effective completion of projects assigned and assists in the evaluation of the work product.
• Stays informed and keeps staff within areas of responsibility informed concerning the applicable law, rules, procedures, policies, and practices relating to the functions assigned.
• Provides lead direction to, and reviews the work of, other staff.
• Provides substantive and procedural guidance to Attorneys to assist them with their cases or prepare them for trial.
• Provides legal advice to management, executive staff, and judges.
• Reviews complaints to identify ethical violations and legal issues, and makes decisions regarding the disposition of files and complaints.
• Prepares cases for trial, including directing the gathering of evidence, preparing and filing required pleadings and motions, and preparing witnesses for testimony.
• Performs trials, including delivering opening and closing statements, conducting direct and cross examinations, and preparing post trial briefs.
• Writes legal analysis setting forth facts and legal conclusions.
• Serves as lead attorney on complex trials or appellate cases.
• Conducts informal and formal discovery to ensure that legal analyses and recommendations have sufficient evidentiary and legal bases.
• Performs independent review of the record of moral character and disciplinary proceedings on appeal from the Hearing Department of the State Bar Court.
• Evaluates administrative problems and procedures and recommends solutions or alternative methods of procedures.
• Assists in the selection, evaluation, training, and direction of Attorneys, Investigators, and legal support staff.
• Communicates with members of the public regarding complaints, rules and procedures, and State Bar processes.
• Participates in training and professional development activities.
• Performs similar or related duties, which may not be specifically included within this job description, but which are consistent with the general level of the job and the responsibilities described.
Education:
Successful completion of a Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school.
Experience:
• Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible and applicable experience in the practice of law.
• Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be required to successfully complete the State Bar’s selection process for this classification.
License, Certificate, Registration Requirements:
Must be an active member, in good standing, in the State Bar of California.
How to Apply 
Please apply here.