Social Services Attorney
The work involves responsibility for providing counsel to the County Department Services. The work is performed under general direction of the Commissioner of Social Services in accordance with overall policies of the department with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgement in applying legal knowledge to specific problems and the taking of appropriate legal action. Does related work as required.
Acts as a legal consultant to all divisions of the Department of Social Services;
Prepares all legal actions for negotiation and trial;
Directs investigation and legal activities in paternity actions;
Interprets State and Federal laws and regulations as they relate to service programs and advises the Commissioner
of Social Services for policy development purposes;
Represents the Department of Social Services in Family Court matters such as child abuse, child neglect, child
support, foster care, adoption, termination of parental rights, appeals, adult protective services and other
Prepares legal documents such as discoveries, neglect/abuse petitions, orders, appeals and various other legal
Documents to initiate Family Court intervention;
Prepares cases for Family Court by conferencing with the staff members working on the case;
Represents the department at fair hearings;
Provides legal counsel in resource matters such as liens, estates, and trusts;
Consults with and advises Commissioner of Social Services and other department staff on questions of legal liability
and alternative course of action;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of common law and of the County, State and Federal laws as they apply to social welfare;
Good knowledge of civil court procedure and the rules of evidence;
Good knowledge of the general functions and administrative activities of the County Department of Social Services; Ability to analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles, facts and precedence to legal problems;
Good command of language;
Tact and courtesy;
Good professional judgement;
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.