Assistant Legal Counsel

Assistant Legal Counsel

POSITION SUMMARY

An Assistant Legal Counsel works as a member of the legal division to contribute to the Legislature’s drafting and legal functions. Provides a full range of legal services from legal research to assist with litigation, while contributing to the legal mandates outlined in the rules of the Legislature.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend legislative committee meetings and sessions to answer technical and legal questions concerning legislation and give legal advice on matters before the Legislature
  • · Draft, examine, analyze and research legislative proposals and issues, legislation and amendments to legislation
  • · Independently research and draft or work with other staff to draft written work product, including legal opinions and research memorandums
  • · Provide legal sufficiency recommendations for Legislative contracts, leases, permits, and other documents
  • · Litigate certain cases involving the Legislature
  • · Develop or conduct in-house professional development or training presentations for Senators and staff
  • · Work one-on-one with newly elected Senators to help them develop and enhance their knowledge of the legislative process
  • · Assist in the preparation of materials for publication such as digests and indexes
  • · Assist with maintaining accurate records of legislative history, including subject and bill tracking indexes
  • · Research and facilitate training on written instructions such as “The Official Drafting Manual” to which all bills, resolutions, amendments, and other legislation must conform
  • · Maintain confidentiality of information acquired and records pursuant to the VI Rules of Professional Responsibility and Rules
  • · Verify the accuracy of enrolled bills passed by the Legislature
  • · Work collaboratively with other divisions such as Journal, and Archives Divisions to complete tasks
  • · Able to work long hours during Legislative Sessions, Special Sessions, and Committee Meetings
  • · Completing special projects, duties prescribed in the Legislative rules, and other assigned tasks

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Strength, dexterity, coordination, visual acuity, and vision to use a computer for long periods of time while sitting, stand intermittently, recognize people, words, and numbers, handle files and single pieces of paper; and occasionally lift up to 5 lbs. such as equipment, files, and other reference materials. Hearing and speaking to follow proceedings and provide complex answers to legal questions. Moving from place to place within the campus; some reaching for items above and below desk level.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • · Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, ability to adapt quickly and work effectively with all
  • · Required to manage multiple competing priorities
  • · Strong analytical and decision-making skills, including skill in objectivity and reasoning
  • · Ability to consistently display sound judgment, be detailed oriented and able to be independent from 3rd party influence
  • · Able to write and communicate clearly, persuasively, and concisely
  • · Extensive knowledge of constitutional law with strong skills in statutory interpretation and construction

EXPERIENCE

Five years of experience as a practicing attorney, preferably in a public agency

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION

Graduation from an ABA accredited law school and admission to the Virgin Islands Bar

Job Type: Full Time

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