Deputy Chief Legal Counsel

  • 27 May 2020 4:34 PM
    Message # 8996245
    Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Supreme Court of Ohio is seeking to fill the position of Deputy Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of Chief Legal Counsel.  This position serves as counsel on policy and legal issues affecting the Supreme Court and the Ohio judicial system, and on rules promulgated by the Supreme Court. 

    The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

    • Under the direction of the Chief Legal Counsel, provides legal and policy advice to the Chief Justice, Justices, Administrative Director, Deputy Administrative Director, managers, supervisors, and employees of the Supreme Court.
    • Researches, analyzes, appraises, and interprets laws, court decisions, rulings, advisory opinions, regulations, statutes, and pending legislation in order to determine an appropriate outcome.
    • Researches unique legal issues impacting the Supreme Court and the Ohio judicial system.
    • Serves as back-up to the Chief Legal Counsel in his or her absence.
    • Reviews, prepares, evaluates, and coordinates public records requests.  
    • Assists with the development, review, and implementation of Supreme Court administrative policies.
    • Assists with the implementation of Supreme Court procurement policy requirements; prepares, evaluates, recommends, and coordinates a variety of intergovernmental agreements, grant agreements, and contracts in accordance with policy; and advises staff on status, legal risks, and proper terms and conditions of such agreements and contracts.
    • Provides legal counsel on Supreme Court personnel policy requirements and compliance with the federal laws, such as the Civil Rights Acts, ADA, FLSA, and FMLA. 
    • Conducts special projects assigned by the Chief Justice, Administrative Director, the Deputy Administrative Director, or Chief Legal Counsel. 
    • Serves as counsel and the lead staff liaison to the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts, including providing legal research and rule drafting expertise to the work of the commission and its committees regarding the Rules of Superitnendence for the Courts of Ohio.
    • Serves as back-up counsel and staff liaison to the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure by providing legal research and rule drafting expertise to the work of the commission and its committees regarding the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure, Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure, Ohio Rules of Evidence and the Ohio Traffic Rules.
    • Provides legal counsel and rule drafting services to the various boards, commissions and advisory committees of the Supreme Court.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance is required.


    • Requires a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and an active Ohio law license in good standing. 
    • Must have at least ten years of relevant experience as an attorney.
    • At all times during employment with the Supreme Court, must be an attorney properly admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and be in good standing.
    • Knowledge of the procedural operations of all levels of courts is preferred.
    • Experience in a court administration or government environment primarily performing detailed policy analysis is preferred.
    • Experience in reviewing contracts is preferred.
    • Experience in drafting policies, rules, and legislation is preferred.
    • Experience with public records policies and procedures and access to justice issues is preferred. 
    • Previous litigation experience helpful.
    • Experience in employment law, particularly the Civil Rights Acts, ADA, FLSA, and FMLA, is preferred.
    • Requires substantial skills in legal research and analysis. 
    • Requires strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills and the ability to construct complete and concise sentences using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
    • Requires the ability to read, write, speak, and understand English fluently, and to use technical and legal language. 
    • Requires the ability to effectively interact and communicate with supervisor, co-workers, justices, judges, other public officials and employees, attorneys, judicial branch personnel, and the public. 
    • Requires the ability to establish and maintain collaborative, effective working relationships with supervisors, colleagues, subordinate staff, department directors, managers, employees, public officials, state agencies, and agency liaisons.
    • Requires the ability to handle sensitive, face-to-face contact with the public and government officials in a composed, hospitable, and approachable manner.
    • Requires the ability to work under pressure, discreetly handling all aspects of the job with professionalism, patience, discretion, and confidentiality.
    • Requires the ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision. 
    • Requires advanced knowledge and experience in the Microsoft Windows environment and Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer, and Excel, and solid knowledge of Westlaw or LEXIS/NEXIS.

    *Special Requirements:  This position is regularly exposed to sensitive information and the incumbent is expected to keep any such information strictly confidential.

    At-Will Employment

    The Supreme Court of Ohio is an at-will employer that seeks to attract, employ, and retain highly skilled and motivated individuals, attempts to maintain staff continuity for the efficiency of its operation, and desires to foster and maintain an ethical, professional, and impartial work environment. Pursuant to Adm. P. 4 (At-Will Employment), no person shall be offered or denied a position of employment with the Court, and no employee shall have the employee's employment terminated based upon political party affiliation, political activity permitted under Adm. P. 17 (Employee Code of Ethics), or other partisan considerations. Further, no employee shall have the employee's employment terminated with or without cause unless upon the concurrence of a majority of the Court.

    Major Worker Characteristics: 

    The Court seeks to recruit and retain talented individuals with a commitment to public service.

    This is an exempt unclassified position that reports to Chief Legal Counsel.

    The starting salary range, which is commensurate with experience, is $90,292.80 - $110,090

    The Supreme Court of Ohio offers a generous compensation package which includes salaries reviewed annually for market adjustments; health, vision, dental, and life insurance; 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan (OPERS); tuition reimbursement; flex time; and paid vacation, personal and sick time earned in the first month of employment.

    Application Process

    Formal consideration of interested applicants responding to this will begin June 8, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. To be considered for this position, candidates must apply online at and attach all of the following:

    1. Complete application online
    2. Complete the supplemental questions online
    3. Upload a resume
    4. Upload a cover letter with Salary Requirements
    5. Upload a writing sample 
    6. Upload three professional references

    Only completed applications will be considered.  In response to your application, this system will send you a confirmation email. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as practical. We will contact you if you are selected for an interview. Please do not duplicate your application and please, no phone inquiries.

    Out of state applicants may apply; however, The Supreme Court of Ohio does not reimburse travel or relocation expenses.

    The Supreme Court of Ohio is an equal employment opportunity employer that supports an alcohol and drug-free, and a weapons and violence free, work environment.

     Background Check Information 

    The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

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    Last modified: 27 May 2020 4:35 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

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