The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel seeks applications for two Assistant Regulation Counsel. Starting salary $90,000. Duties include investigation and prosecution of attorney discipline, attorney disability, law examiner, magistrate and judicial matters at trial and in appellate proceedings. Complete job description below.
Applicant must have at least five years legal experience with at least two years actual trial experience, and be admitted to or eligible for admission to practice law in Colorado. Word processing and computer skills required. Send letter of intent, resume, references and writing sample to Charles E. Mortimer, Jr., Deputy Regulation Counsel, 1300 Broadway, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203, by November 17, 2014. You may email your application to: email@example.com.
OFFICE OF ATTORNEY REGULATION COUNSEL
Job Title: Assistant Regulation Counsel – Trial Attorney
Status: At-will employee - Exempt
General Statement of Duties
Investigate complaints alleging unethical conduct filed against Colorado attorneys and, as required, represent the People of the State of Colorado in formal attorney discipline proceedings, disability proceedings, appellate proceedings. Investigate Client Protection Fund claims, and represent the People of the State of Colorado in unauthorized practice of law investigations and proceedings. Additionally, represent the Board of Law Examiners in contested applications for the Colorado Bar.
Essential Functions of the Position
Investigate complaints against attorneys by gathering, organizing, and analyzing facts, exhibits, legal precedent and standards;
Prepare and present well-written, analytical reports of investigation to the Attorney Regulation Committee (ARC);
Prepare formal complaints, immediate suspension and disability petitions, and all other required pleadings;
Conduct civil discovery including, but not limited to, the preparation of interrogatories, requests for admissions, requests for production of documents, and depositions;
Prepare memoranda of dismissal to Regulation Counsel and letters of dismissal;
Prepare and submit diversion agreements for approval by ARC;
Conduct contested disciplinary hearings before a designated adjudicatory body;
Prepare briefs and make oral arguments in appellate cases;
Teach ethics and trust account schools and professional courses;
Work cooperatively with support staff, professional staff, and a diverse range of individuals;
Attend trial counsel and trial attorney meetings;
Investigate Client Protection Fund claims by gathering, organizing, and analyzing facts, exhibits, legal precedent, and standards;
Prepare and submit well-written, analytical reports of investigation to the Client Protection Fund Inquiry Panel;
Represent the Board of Law Examiners before a hearing panel of the Board of Law Examiners that includes additional investigation, participate in discovery, prepare appropriate briefs and other documents, and participate in contested hearings;
Investigate Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) claims by gathering, organizing, and analyzing facts, exhibits, legal precedent, and standards;
Prepare and submit well-written, analytical reports of investigation to the UPL Committee; and
Represent the Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel by speaking at and participating in various CLE programs, law schools, bar associations, committees, programs, and other local and national professional organizations.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability
Familiarity with the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct;
Competency in written and oral communication;
Proficiency with the Colorado Rules of Evidence;
Proficiency with the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure;
Competency in oral argument;
Competency in analysis including, but not limited to, applying disciplinary rules to facts evaluating weight of evidence and applying disciplinary standards to recommendations for disposition of cases;
Competency in appropriately handling patiently and courteously sensitive or difficult issues with non-lawyers, lawyers and judges;
Competency in legal research;
Proficiency in basic computer and typing skills; and
Knowledge of MS word, access, outlook, and the internet.
Law degree and admission to or eligibility for admission to the practice of law in Colorado;
Experience in attorney discipline, five years actual practice of law and two years actual litigation experience, including participation as lead counsel or “second-chair” in trials or contested hearings and, e.g., participation in depositions, pre and post-trial motions, pretrial hearings, and settlement negotiations.