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State Government

Judicial Branch

P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0101



Non-Classified Opening

Legal Counsel

Non-Classified Classification

Idaho Supreme Court

Open for Recruitment: May 30, 2017 - June 26, 2017
Announcement # NONCLS040335
Salary Range: $108,150 - $130,370 Annually (DOE) -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

General Summary:

The Idaho Courts have an exciting career opportunity for a Legal Counsel position located in Boise, Idaho. The Legal Counsel performs professional legal work by providing legal counsel to management and staff of the Judicial Branch. This is a highly responsible position and has a great deal of latitude and discretion in decision making. The Legal Counsel reports to the Administrative Director of the Courts.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: (The examples provided do not cover all the duties which the incumbent in this position may be required to perform.)

  • Provides legal counsel to the Administrative Director of the Courts, court staff, and judges; conducts legal research and reviews a variety of legal issues; prepares written legal opinions on matters relating to the administration of the courts 
  • Arranges and coordinates legal representation by the Attorney General’s office or outside counsel as needed, of members of the Judicial Branch in appropriate cases
  • Assists in the preparation and drafting of legislation; reviews proposed legislation to assess its impact upon the courts; explains the effects of legislation upon the courts to members of the legislature; assists in the implementation of legislation 
  • Prepares and reviews administrative policies and rules; ensures policies and rules are consistent with legal requirements and existing policies and rules
  • Provides staff support to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court committees, work groups and conferences as assigned 
  • Assists in providing legal counsel in areas of employment law such as EEO/Affirmative Action, FMLA, and ADA 
  • Assists in the negotiation, drafting, review, and execution of contracts and leases for the Judicial Branch
  • Prepares and makes presentations on legal subjects at conferences and workshops; provides training regarding various legal topics to judges and courts staff
  • Supervises and coordinates activities of subordinate legal staff
  • Performs related duties as required   

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from a law school with a juris doctorate degree 
  • Must have or obtain active membership in the Idaho State Bar
  • Eligibility to practice law before the courts of the state of Idaho 
  • 10 years of broad based legal experience, including research and writing, with litigation experience preferred 
  • Experience in the field of judicial administration preferred 
  • Experience supervising other lawyers is preferred          

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the procedural operations of all levels of court 
  • Knowledge of state statutes and ability to apply them to administrative procedures and/or problems
  • Knowledge of legal research and writing techniques 
  • Knowledge of employment law, administrative law, and litigation strategies 
  • Knowledge of state and local governmental/legislative/political systems and processes
  • Knowledge of judicial systems including court processes, jurisdiction, administration, rules and procedures
  • Knowledge of effective personnel management and supervisory practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and implementation
  • Skill in problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex policies, procedures, laws, and regulations
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of staff
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and develop feasible solutions to problems
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to establish effective and cooperative working relationships with judges, court staff and members of the public 
  • Ability to provide leadership and develop consensus among stakeholders on internal and external issues
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction and prioritize and manage time well
  • Ability to organize and prioritize projects to meet deadline and achieve desired results
  • Ability to organize work in order to meet deadlines of multiple projects and achieve desired work results 
  • Ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality   

The Judicial Branch reserves the right to consider an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience in determining whether an applicant is capable of performing the assigned duties and fulfilling the assigned responsibilities of the position. 

Application Instructions:

If interested in being considered for this position, please click here to complete the employment application located on our website and submit it, along with your cover letter and résumé, to hr@idcourts.net or to the Idaho State Judiciary, Human Resource Office, P. O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0101. Application packets must be received by 5:00 p.m., MDT on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.