Attorney Services Counsel (Office of Bar Admissions)

  • 09 Dec 2020 8:16 AM
    Message # 9416338
    Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Supreme Court of Ohio is seeking to fill the position of Attorney Services Counsel in the Office of Bar Admissions.  This position provides legal and management assistance in administering the Court’s bar admission program and providing other legal support for the Attorney Services Division.

    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.

    • Manages the Court’s programs for licensing or certifying attorneys from other jurisdictions:

    Oversees the initial review, filing, and processing of applications or certifications;

    Analyzes the applicant’s satisfaction of admission or certification requirements;

    Coordinates character and fitness reviews for admissions without examinations applicants; works with local bar associations and the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness on resolving character and fitness matters;

    Prepares summary and advisory memos to the Court to assist the Court in its admissions/licensure decisions.  Tracks and informs Court of past action to insure consistency;

    Coordinates presentations to the Court of attorneys who are granted admission without examination.

    • Conducts follow-up for the Court related to admissions matters. Communicates with applicants regarding special matters and concerns.
    • Provides support to the Assistant Director of Bar Admissions with the Board of Bar Examiners’ program for providing exam accommodations to applicants with disabilities.
    • Reviews and processes petitions for waiver of the bar admission rules: Researches past Court action to monitor consistency.
    • Prepares summary and advisory memos to Court in accordance with Court policies.
    • Handles petitions for deadline waivers in accordance with special Court guidelines; recommends changes to guidelines as appropriate.
    • Manages evaluation of foreign education for bar admissions. Coordinates review of foreign legal and undergraduate education and prepares summary and advisory memos for the Court.
    • Recommends appropriate amendments to evaluation criteria and procedure. Prepares memoranda to the Court on practice of law issues.
    • Researches legal issues as assigned. Drafts amendments to the Rules Governing the Bar as directed. Maintains bar admission statistics.
    • Provides support as secretary to the Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists; resolve policy issues, provide orientation and general guidance to Commission members, plan and direct Commission meetings in consultation with the Commission chairs.
    • Provides legal support to Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness and Board of Bar Examiners.
    • Trains and oversees the work of the bar admissions specialist assigned to assist counsel in the performance of duties. Provides guidance to bar admissions specialists regarding application requirements and processing issues; reviews and edits staff training manuals.
    • Makes presentations to law students regarding the Court’s bar admission requirements, character and fitness matters, and the bar exam.
    • Participates in the administration of the semi-annual bar examination.
    • Assists with processing of applications for pro hac vice registration in accordance with Gov. Bar R. XII.
    • Aides the Director of Attorney Services in review of applications and annual reports for Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Services Plans for compliance with Gov. Bar R. XVI
    • Assists the Assistant Director of Attorney Services in responding to inquiries from the public, media, parties, counsel and other interested parties and aids in reviewing and responding to all public records requests.
    • Provides support to the Director of Attorney Services, Assistant Director of Attorney Services and Assistant Director of Bar Admissions.
    • Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance is required. Performs other duties as assigned. 


    Minimum Qualifications: 

    Position requires law degree, and admission to the practice of law and good standing in Ohio. Position also requires strong writing, legal research, public speaking, organizational, and computer skills. Some in-state and out-of-state travel as needed. Experience working with the public is helpful, as well as, administrative/program management experience in a legal setting

    *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, reporting to the Director, Attorney Services.


    The starting salary range, which is commensurate with experience, is $76,000 - $83,000

    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 posting will begin December 28, 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 www.careers.ohio.gov and attach all of the following:

    • Complete application online
    • Complete the supplemental questions online
    • Upload a resume
    • Upload a cover letter with Salary Requirements

    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 and a pre-employment drug test.  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.

    Click here to apply. 

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