Under the supervision of the Assistant General Counsel (AGC), Litigation Team (LT), the Attorney is responsible for managing civil litigation brought against the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) or its employees. Attorneys for LT evaluate, monitor and oversee litigation, act as liaison to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), retain and manage contract litigation counsel, and advise the CDCR on legal matters affecting CDCR policy and both pending litigation and potential future litigation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING (other duties may be assigned): Monitor civil litigation filed by inmates, wards, parolees, or private citizens against the CDCR, its employees, or former employees including but not limited to violations of civil rights and tort claims in an effort to reduce exposure to liability and reduce the number of pending lawsuits. Act as in-house legal counsel to the CDCR, advising primarily the AGC, and, as requested, the CDCR Secretary, program Executive staff, or the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) Executive staff, on the status of this litigation and its potential effects on the CDCR. Monitor civil litigation filed by CDCR employees and former employees in labor and employment lawsuits, including but not limited to claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation in an effort to reduce exposure to liability and reduce the number of pending lawsuits. Act as in-house legal counsel to the CDCR, advising primarily the AGC, and, as requested, the CDCR Secretary, program Executive staff, or the OLA Executive staff, on the status of this litigation and its potential effects on the CDCR. Monitor civil litigation brought by vendors, contractors, unions and other public entities, including but not limited to breach of contract, construction delays, violations of the State Public Contract Code, and environmental law issues such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in an effort to reduce exposure to liability and reduce the number of pending lawsuits. Act as in-house legal counsel to the CDCR, advising primarily the AGC, and, as requested, the CDCR Secretary, program Executive staff, or the OLA Executive staff, on the status of this litigation and its potential effects on the CDCR. The specific responsibilities of the Litigation Team Attorney in monitoring civil litigation are as follows:
a. Review and evaluate new litigation to determine its potential effect.
b. Retain contract counsel when the OAG declares a conflict of interest in representing one or more parties to the litigation; declares a lack of resources or declares a lack of expertise in the area of law relevant to the litigation.
c. Consult with the OAG and contract counsel on the status of pending litigation to develop appropriate strategies regarding discovery, dispositive motions, potential case settlement and trial.
d. Analyze and make recommendations on requests for settlement authority submitted by OAG or contract counsel to determine whether to settle or try the case.
e. Assist the OAG or contract counsel in obtaining information and documentation in response to written discovery served on the CDCR or its employees.
f. Attend settlement conferences as a representative of the CDCR and participate in the settlement negotiation process.
g. Attend depositions, court hearings, or trial in the furtherance of evaluating the status of pending litigation.
h. Investigate incidents likely to result in litigation and compile relevant evidence necessary to advise the General Counsel and the CDCR Secretary of the potential effect the incident may have on the CDCR.
Address legal issues raised by the Secretary, program Executive staff, or the OLA Executive staff relating to pending or potential litigation. Respond to inquiries from and provide guidance to judges, district attorneys, public defenders, and private attorneys on legal matters concerning the CDCR. Attend and participate in meetings, conferences and trainings as required. Perform such other duties as may be required by management.positions.) Work in excess of 40 hours per week is expected, when necessary, to complete assignments in a timely manner. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be interviewed. Applicants must be reachable on any State hiring list for attorney or must be a current State employee eligible to transfer. Please state your eligibility in the 'Explanation' box on page one of the application and provide a copy of your exam results if applicable. Salary subject to 2012 Payroll Reduction Plan.
ALL HIRES ARE SUBJECT TO HIRING FREEZE AND/OR BUDGET APPROVAL
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Cindy White or Kim Laret 916-445-0495
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