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Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney II - Litigation Unit

The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office seeks a civil litigator with at least six years of experience for an opening in its Litigation Unit. Attorneys in this unit review claims for damages, advise the Risk Management Department, and defend the County in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts.  Duties include representing Snohomish County, its officials, and its employees in all phases of claims investigation and litigation - conducting discovery; performing legal research; drafting memoranda and legal pleadings; engaging in motions, trial, and appellate practice; and providing oral and written legal advice. Attorneys in the Civil Division pride themselves on their quality of work, the cases of significance they handle, and the work-life balance that is offered at the office. The pace and structure of the office allow for a thoughtful and deliberate approach to the practice of law and the opportunity to build long-term relationships with clients, all in a collegial and public service focused environment.

 

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills; and proficiencies in computer-aided research and word processing.  The ability to work collaboratively with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential.  Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required.  In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens (and must pass a criminal background check).


Snohomish County offers a generous total compensation package. For example, total compensation for a full time seventh year civil deputy prosecuting attorney II is $142,549.00. This includes a gross annual salary of $105,549.00 and annual benefits with a current approximate value of $37,000.00. These benefits consist of medical, dental, vision, FICA, Medicare, Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave, PERS (pension), disability insurance, and a limited employer-matching contribution for deferred compensation plan. This position provides for paid state and local bar dues, Prosecutor-sponsored CLEs, and may qualify for school or federal student loan forgiveness programs.
 
In addition to these benefits, first-year employees receive 200 hours of annual paid time off, 8 additional hours of annual floating holiday leave, and 11 paid holidays.

 

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to:  Bridget Casey, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201 or by email at bcasey@snoco.org or apply directly through governmentjobs.com  


BASIC FUNCTION

To provide a wide range of professional legal services.  The specific services rendered will vary depending upon the unit to which a Civil Deputy II is assigned.  This is a mid-level attorney classification in the Civil Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  Attorneys in this class are generally assigned to more complex professional legal tasks, work with independence, and occasionally supervise other attorneys' work.  

 

 

Job Duties

 

STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES 
1. Performs all of the duties of a Civil Deputy I; represents the County in assigned civil litigation by handling all aspects of assigned cases and/or claims, including discovery, motions, trials, and appellate practice.
2. Advises County departments and elected officials, County Council, County boards, and commissions on a variety of legal matters, including, but not limited to the legal implications of a particular action, inaction or decision. 
3. Assists in civil prosecution of County code violations. 
4. Prepares, reviews, and examines contracts, agreements, motions, and other legal documents for County departments and elected officials. 
5. Assists in the preparation of cases for administrative hearings and proceedings. 
6. Performs legal research and provides legal opinions for projects as assigned. 
7. Represents the County at involuntary commitment hearings. 
8. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law.  

STATEMENT OF OTHER JOB DUTIES 
  1. Performs related duties as required.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Must be a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association; AND, six (6) years experience in the practice of law.  

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS 

A valid Washington State Drivers License may be required. 

 

Additional Information

 

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of:
  • legal principles and practices, including civil law and procedure relevant to the unit assigned;
  • judicial procedures and the law of evidence;
  • appellate practice;
  • office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers and applicable software applications;
  • methods and techniques of legal research;
  • rules of professional conduct.
Ability to:
  • define legal issues, collect and analyze information, and recommend action;
  • communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • perform high quality legal research;
  • analyze and accurately prepare a wide variety of legal documents;
  • work under pressure and with individuals who may be distraught or challenging;
  • meet deadlines;
  • understand Snohomish County policies;
  • understand policies of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
  • use time and resources efficiently;
  • organize and perform multiple tasks to meet deadlines;
  • establish and maintain effective and positive work relationships with groups and individuals inside and outside the office, particularly attorneys, support staff,  Bench,  Bar,  County Council, County Executive, County departments, Division of Child Support, and community;
  • work effectively across unit, departmental, and organizational lines to achieve goals;
  • work independently or as part of a team, as necessary;
  • assist others when asked or directed;
  • maintain a high level of confidentiality of records and information;
  • exercise excellent judgment and tact in all relationships;
  • communicate clearly, effectively, and courteously with attorneys, judges, and the general public;
  • respond quickly and effectively to unanticipated situations;
  • uphold the highest ethical standards and commitment to professionalism in all areas of work performance and practice;
  • be courteous, professional, and honest at all times;
  • comply with office standards and policies;
  • support the Washington State Bar Association's aspirational goals for pro bono work.
SUPERVISION

The employee reports to and receives direction from the Chief Civil Deputy or lead attorney responsible for the unit assigned.  May work under the supervision and training of another Civil Deputy.  Work is evaluated through conferences and periodic reviews. 

WORKING CONDITIONS 

The work is performed in the usual office environment with periodic trips to the courthouse complex and outside locations to attend meetings, hearings, and other office responsibilities.  The employee is required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as necessary.
 
Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
EEO policy and ADA notice

 

Position: Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney II - Litigation Unit
Organization: Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney
Location: Everett,  WA 
United States
Salary: $105,549.00 - $134,710.20 Annually
Posting Start Date: 7/9/2024
Date Posted: 7/10/2024
Requirements
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Must be a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association; AND, six (6) years experience in the practice of law.  

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS 

A valid Washington State Drivers License may be required. 

 

Additional Information

 

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of:
  • legal principles and practices, including civil law and procedure relevant to the unit assigned;
  • judicial procedures and the law of evidence;
  • appellate practice;
  • office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers and applicable software applications;
  • methods and techniques of legal research;
  • rules of professional conduct.
Ability to:
  • define legal issues, collect and analyze information, and recommend action;
  • communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • perform high quality legal research;
  • analyze and accurately prepare a wide variety of legal documents;
  • work under pressure and with individuals who may be distraught or challenging;
  • meet deadlines;
  • understand Snohomish County policies;
  • understand policies of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
  • use time and resources efficiently;
  • organize and perform multiple tasks to meet deadlines;
  • establish and maintain effective and positive work relationships with groups and individuals inside and outside the office, particularly attorneys, support staff,  Bench,  Bar,  County Council, County Executive, County departments, Division of Child Support, and community;
  • work effectively across unit, departmental, and organizational lines to achieve goals;
  • work independently or as part of a team, as necessary;
  • assist others when asked or directed;
  • maintain a high level of confidentiality of records and information;
  • exercise excellent judgment and tact in all relationships;
  • communicate clearly, effectively, and courteously with attorneys, judges, and the general public;
  • respond quickly and effectively to unanticipated situations;
  • uphold the highest ethical standards and commitment to professionalism in all areas of work performance and practice;
  • be courteous, professional, and honest at all times;
  • comply with office standards and policies;
  • support the Washington State Bar Association's aspirational goals for pro bono work.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/9/2024
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Organization Information
Name:
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney
Address:
8th Floor, Admin. East/Robert Drewel Bldg.
3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 504
Everett,  WA 98201
United States
Email:
bridget.casey@co.snohomish.wa.us
Phone:
(425) 388-6330
Fax:
(425) 388-6333
Contact:
DPA Bridget E. Casey, Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

 
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