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Job Title: Deputy counsel

Department: Office of Counsel

Immediate Supervisor: Senior deputy counsel

Ultimate Supervisors: Counsel and executive director

Positions Supervised: None

Purpose of the Job: Provide legal advice and representation to the State Bar and its committees, boards and commissions, with emphasis on disciplinary, reinstatement, and disability proceedings involving lawyers licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Work with Grievance Committee

  • Direct investigations of grievances involving North Carolina licensees
  • Prepare reports and make recommendations to the Grievance Committee concerning disposition of grievances
  • Staff meetings of the Grievance Committee
  • Field questions from grievance complainants and respondents
  • Draft disciplinary orders
  • Take actions necessary to protect clients of disabled, deceased, disbarred and missing lawyers

Trial and Appellate Work

  • Try discipline, disability, and reinstatement cases before the Disciplinary Hearing Commission
  • Represent the State Bar in discipline, contempt, and injunctive proceedings in state and federal trial and appellate courts
  • Represent the State Bar in trusteeship proceedings in state court and supervise and assist trustees of the practices of disabled, deceased, disbarred, and missing lawyers
  • Represent the State Bar in state court proceedings to disburse funds from the trust accounts of disabled, deceased, disbarred, and missing lawyers
  • Represent the State Bar in miscellaneous civil actions in state and federal trial and appellate courts

Work with Authorized Practice Committee

  • Direct investigations of allegations of the unauthorized practice of law
  • Prepare reports and make recommendations to the Authorized Practice Committee concerning disposition of allegations of the unauthorized practice of law
  • Represent the State Bar in injunction proceedings in trial and appellate courts

Work with State Bar Committees, Boards and Commissions

  • Provide legal opinions to State Bar committees, boards, and commissions
  • Prepare agendas and minutes for meetings of assigned State Bar committees, provide legal advice during committee meetings
  • Draft proposed rule changes for assigned State Bar committees

Accountability and Authority

Deputy counsel reports directly to the senior deputy counsel and ultimately reports to the counsel and executive director of the State Bar. Deputy counsel exercises independent judgment concerning his or her caseload and is expected to complete all assigned responsibilities timely with minimal supervision. Deputy counsel consults with the counsel and the executive director concerning issues of State Bar policy and concerning legal issues and proceedings respecting which deputy counsel represents the State Bar. Deputy counsel has some supervisory responsibility, in conjunction with the counsel, the senior deputy counsel, the director of operations of the Office of Counsel and the director of investigations over the paralegal, administrative, and investigative staff.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • JD and active North Carolina law license with no professional discipline
  • Significant trial experience in North Carolina state courts
  • Trial experience in federal courts desired
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Academic success in undergraduate and law school

Working Conditions

  • Exempt from wage and hour requirements
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, one hour lunch break
  • Overtime as required, unpaid
  • Some travel, usually in state, mileage reimbursed

The North Carolina State Bar is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

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