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Deputy General Counsel

Company: Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County
Location: Milpitas
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Job Description:

Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara invites applications for the position of: Deputy General Counsel

Applications may be filed online at:

Under general direction from the General Counsel, performs a wide range of legal services of acomplex nature in representing the Court and providing advice and counsel to judicial officers, management and staff; conducts legal research and drafts legal documents; may also representthe Court in personnel and labor matters.

The Deputy General Counsel operates within the broad framework of policy and direction andexercises substantial latitude and discretion to ensure effective representation of the Court'sinterests in legal, legislative and regulatory arenas and its protection from legal risk. The positionof Deputy General Counsel is "at will," which means the individual serving in the position and theGeneral Counsel have the right to terminate the position at any time, with or without advance notice and with or without cause.


Provides legal advice and counsel to judicial officers, Court executives and managers on awide range of legal matters; directs or conducts research and writes or reviews opinions regarding the duties, powers and obligations of the Court; ensures court compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Reviews claims filed against the Court; makes recommendations for action or resolution; coordinates the resolution of risk management issues with the Judicial Council of California(JCC). Coordinates legal representation with the JCC; coordinates the development of legal strategy; participates in settlement negotiations; and reports on the outcome of litigation in which the Court has interest.
Researches legal issues and statutory and case law; makes recommendations for the interpretation of legal requirements and associated policy; drafts and issues legal opinions;drafts and reviews contracts and other legal documents and instruments.
Monitors and prepares comments on proposed federal and state legislation and regulation; recommends changes in policies and practices in order to comply with legal requirements.
Assists in providing advice and counsel on issues related to Media Relations, such as requests pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 10.500.
Performs other related duties.

An eligible candidate must be an active member of the California State Bar and have a minimum of 7 years experience in the full time practice of law. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge and abilities consistent with the highest standards of the legal profession, demonstrated experience managing attorneys and legal staff, and experience working on executive or leadership teams for large organizations.

Principles and practices of governmental law and public administration, especially as they relate to trial court systems; Court organization, structure and functional responsibilities; principles and practices of effective law office management; state statutory and case law and their application;advanced methods and materials of legal research and analysis; and Court human resources policies and labor contract provisions.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with judicial officers, Court employees, members of the public and others encountered in the course of work; exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters. Exercise tact and diplomacy indealing with highly sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations with broad effects onpolicies and issues. Represent the Court effectively in meetings and in negotiations on behalf of the Court while maintaining sensitive and confidential information. Define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and develop sound conclusions and recommendations; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically. Interpretstate and federal laws, regulations, legislation and constitutional provisions affecting operations and prepare clear, concise and comprehensive contracts, reports, correspondence, proposals,recommendations and other written materials.

The Deputy General Counsel is prohibited by court policy from practicing law, receiving fees, and appearing in court representing another party as counsel during his/her employment with thecourt.

The work environment is generally clean, inside buildings, with limited exposure to fumes, odors,and noise. Incumbents will sit for long periods of time, climb stairs, lift and carry objects such ascase files, stacks of paper, reference books, boxes, and other materials, work under sometimes difficult and stressful conditions with frequent deadlines, competing demands, and with an overallexpectation to produce high quality work under limited time constraints. The ability to work independently as well as with others is required. Periodic travel is required.

Strength, dexterity, and coordination and/or ability to use a computer keyboard and read a video display terminal on a regular basis; Dexterity and coordination to handle files and single pieces of paper, occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 15 lbs., such as files, stacks of paper, reference books, and other materials; Frequent need to reach for items above and below desk level, sometimes with the assistance of a ladder or step-stool; Standing and sitting for long periods oftime is required.

A screening panel will be convened to select those applicants deemed most qualified to participate in a written and/or oral examination. The examination process will include one or more of the following: application appraisal; written examination; oral examination.

This recruitment requires the submission of an on-line application at: No paper applications will be accepted. Completion of the supplemental questionnaire is required. An electronic copy of your resume must also be submitted as an attachment to this application submission.

The Court is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,and veteran or disability status.

The Court provides reasonable accommodations for applicants challenged with disabilities. If you are challenged with a disability as defined by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and will be requesting an accommodation in the application process, please contact Renee Hughes or PamMcGee at or or (408) 882-2703 to discuss yourrequest. TDD communication is available by calling (408) 882-2787.

The Court must verify the identity and employment authorization of all new employees to comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act. This verification is required only after an offer ofemployment has been made. For further information regarding the required verification, pleasecontact Human Resources at (408) 882-2747.

The Court offered benefits package includes a choice of health, dental and visionplan, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) as permitted by law, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Applications may be filed online at:

Keywords: Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, Milpitas , Deputy General Counsel, Legal , Milpitas, California

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