Under immediate supervision, to perform professional legal work in preparation and prosecution of civil or criminal child support cases; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
This is the entry-level class in the Child Support Attorney series. Employees in this class work under close supervision and exercise limited independent judgment until experience and knowledge are gained.
Investigates, researches, and prepares child support cases for civil litigation and enforcement or criminal prosecution; prepares and handles appeals of child support civil and criminal cases.
Presents evidence in preliminary hearings in some felony child support enforcement matters; prepares trial briefs and checks questions of law
Presents and litigates or prosecutes child support cases in the Superior and Municipal Courts; presents opening statements, interrogates and cross examines witnesses; argues points of law, and makes final arguments or summations.
Conducts interviews to obtain or give information; interviews and advises law enforcement officers and the public in regard to the issuance of routine child support establishment complaints, enforcement actions and complaints; advises family support officers and interviewers on questions of law and procedure in particular cases.
Negotiates with attorneys regarding the disposition of civil actions or modification of charges in specific cases; does legal research in specific areas of civil, family and criminal law; analyzes legal issues in pending cases.
Prepares correspondence and reports; reviews progress and development of cases with supervisory deputies; processes child support complaints and claims for County Department of Child Support Services.
License/Certificate: Active membership in the State Bar of California. Possession of a valid California Driver's License will be required for most positions in this class.
Principles of criminal and civil law and their application; rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings; the laws of California; legal research methods; preparation of briefs and opinions.
Analyze legal principles and precedents and to apply them to complex factual legal problems; present arguments and statements of fact and laws clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft opinions, pleadings and briefs; learn to exercise independent judgment, discretion, and initiative concerning their assignments; perform legal research; work cooperatively with others.
Special Requirement: Must be able to pass an extensive background check.
Mobility-Frequent operation of computers; repetitive motion; sitting for extended periods; walking; occasional driving may be required; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Vision-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motions; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration and public contact; occasional exposure to grief; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime.