Current Employment Opportunity

Attorney I or II
5/24/21
Environment and Energy
245 Fallbrook Blvd., Lincoln NE
84
084-76203
Full-time Permanent
$23.55 - $0.00 Hourly
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Monday thru Friday

Attorney I: Under direct supervision of Agency Legal Counsel, provides basic legal support to higher level agency. Attorneys in the research, administration, and enforcement of State environmental laws and federally delegated environmental programs; performs related work as assigned. Law school or work experience in environmental law preferred.

Attorney II: Under supervision of Agency Legal Counsel, provides legal services for an agency operating under a complex body of law in the research, administration, and enforcement of State environmental laws and federally delegated environmental programs; performs related work as assigned. Minimum of one year experience in environmental law preferred.

Attorney I: • Confers with legal associates, agency staff, local government officials, plaintiffs, defendants, and other interested parties to exchange and prepare information on the facts and status of a case or on other legal/administrative or issues. • Researches legal precedents, case reports, and other legal documents in accordance with supervisory instructions to gather information for a case preparation and to facilitate the administration and enforcement requirements and needs of the agency. • Assists in the drafting of correspondence, motions, pleadings, findings of fact, conclusions of law, rules, orders, and other legal documents to provide legal assistance to other legal counsels or agency management. • Interprets and explains court decisions, administrative rules, and other legal statements to respond to inquiries from interested parties and to ensure adherence to them by agency staff. • ‘Assists in the review of contracts in reference to statutory authority, legal form, general contract principles and compliance with specific state and federal regulatory requirements. • Analyzes current and proposed legislation, agency policies, and procedural statements to assess their legal appropriateness and impact.

Attorney II: • Confers with legal associates, agency staff, local government officials, plaintiffs, defendants, and other interested parties to exchange and prepare information on the facts and status of a case or on other legal/administrative actions or issues. • Researches legal precedents, case reports, and other legal documents to gather information for case preparation and to facilitate the administration and enforcement requirements and needs of the agency. • Drafts correspondence, motions, pleadings, findings of fact, conclusions of law, agency rules and regulations, orders, and other legal documents to provide legal assistance to other legal counsels or agency management. • Serves as agency administrative hearing officer; recommends orders. • Files complaints, orders to show cause, indictments, preliminary motions, and supporting affidavits or briefs to initiate case proceedings. • Develops and conducts questions for direct or cross examinations of witnesses to elicit testimony pertinent to a case in accordance with an established line of inquiry. • Guides technical support and/or legal staff in the legal practices and regulations of the agency to assist in the development of a competent, professional staff. • Preparation of legal documents for use by the Attorney General and/or County Attorney's office in prosecuting civil or criminal cases. • Presents information or testimony at public meetings or judicial/legislative hearings to provide and explain legal and policy information. • Interprets and advises staff and interested parties outside the agency on court decisions, administrative rules, and other legal statements to respond to inquiries from interested parties outside the agency and to ensure adherence and compliance by agency staff. • Represents the agency in administrative hearings related to the enforcement of agency statutes. • Drafts and analyzes proposed legislation, agency policies, and procedural statements to provide agency management with legal opinions and options. • Serves as administrative hearing officer in issues involving legal disputes between the agency and persons or parties who are appealing administrative decisions and/or rulings of the agency.

Attorney I: • Graduation from an accredited school of law and admission to the Nebraska Bar within 6 months of hiring. • In accordance with Section 7-101, Nebraska Revised, Reissued Statutes of l943, persons in this class must be admitted to the Nebraska Bar.

Attorney II: • One year of relevant experience as an attorney practicing law including preparing cases, advising clients, and/or interpreting laws and/or administrative policies. • In accordance with Section 7-101, Nebraska Revised, Reissued Statutes of l943, persons in this class must be admitted to the Nebraska Bar.

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license. Able to travel overnight as needed. Able to maintain regular and reliable attendance in the agency main office.

Attorney I: Knowledge of: the principles and practices of criminal and civil law administration; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; the principles and practices of legal research; the techniques of preparing/drafting legal documents and forms. Law school coursework or work experience in environmental law preferred. Ability to: prepare and communicate the facts and arguments of a case and to persuade others to accept the viewpoint presented; prepare summaries, legal analysis, findings and conclusions, briefs and other legal documents; summarize and exchange legal findings and conclusions; interact with legal associates, other government employees, the public, and representatives of parties involved in a case; formulate legal opinions and recommendations based on legal research and investigations; conduct legal research and investigations; identify critical elements of legal questions or issues; interpret and apply statutes, case laws, decisions of a court/administrative hearing, and administrative rules and policies.

Attorney II: Knowledge of: the techniques of preparing/drafting of legal documents and forms; the principles and practices of criminal and civil law administration; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; the principles and practices of legal research; the procedures of trial and administrative hearings. Law school coursework or demonstrated knowledge of and practice in environmental law preferred. Skill in: preparing summaries, legal analysis, findings and conclusions, briefs and other legal documents, negotiation, communicating with others. Ability to: prepare and communicate the facts and arguments of a case and persuade others to accept the viewpoint presented; interact with legal associates, other government employees, the public, and representatives of parties involved in a case; formulate legal opinions and recommendations based on legal research and investigations; conduct legal research and investigations; prepare/draft legal documents and forms; identify critical elements of legal questions or issues and select appropriate course of action; interpret and apply statutes, case law, decisions of a court/administrative hearing, and administrative rules and policies.


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