Attorney 2

Company Name:
Louisiana Department of State Civil Service
Job Title: Attorney 2
Agency: LWC-Office of Workers' Compensation
Opening Date: Thu. 08/21/14
Closing Date/Time: Tue. 08/26/14 11:59 PM Central Time
State Salary Range: $18.66 - $39.27 hourly
$3,234.00 - $6,807.00 monthly
Agency Hiring Range: Min: Max:
Job Type: Classified
Location: Houma, Louisiana
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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Possession of a license to practice law in the state of Louisiana, plus two years of experience as a practicing attorney.
Supplemental Information:
Attorney 2
Office of Workers' Compensation
Hearings Division - Terrebonne Parish
Position #146277
Announcement #LWC-64046-08/21/2014
No Civil Service Test Scoreis required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
The incumbent of this Attorney 2 position perform the following tasks:
Schedule and conduct mediation conferences as necessary to facilitate amicable resolution of the dispute. Some travel is required to itinerant sites away from assigned district office in order to conduct mediations (the appropriate state driver's license and insurance will be required).
Conduct mediation conferences on appeals from sanctions imposed by other sections of the O.W.C. (OSHA, Financial and Compliance, etc.) against insurers, employers, and employees.
Review all disputed claim files prior to mediation, identifies issues in dispute, and formulates a plan for the handling of these issues at the mediation conference.
Holds informal mediation conferences with the disputing parties, and focuses discussion toward resolution of the dispute on a state-wide basis.
Maintains control over the behavior of the disputing parties during the conference, and facilitates an atmosphere conducive to settlement of the dispute.
Serves as translator between the parties, by transmitting ideas, positions, convictions and emotions among them in such a way that they understand each other.
Educates the parties concerning the technical procedural and substantive rules of Workers' Compensation law, and ensures that the parties understand the legal ramifications of any proposed settlement or resolution of the dispute prior to obtaining their agreement.
To apply for this vacancy, click on the"Apply"link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.Resumes will not be accepted and should not be attached.
Submission of transcriptsby mail or emailis not required.
Applicants who are contacted for an interview and are qualifying for the position based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degreeshould make every effort to attach an official college transcript to their online application in LA Careers or be prepared to provide an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed at the time of the interview.
There is no guarantee that everyone who applies to this posting will be interviewed. The hiring supervisor/manager has 90 days from the closing date of the announcement to make a hiring decision.Specific information about this job will be provided to you in the interview process, should you be selected.
For further information about this vacancy contact:
Human Resources Division
Brittany Taylor, HR Analyst
P.O. Box 94094
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Job Concepts:
Function of Work:
To represent a department in court or legal proceedings and/or to issue advisory opinions.
Level of Work:
Supervision Received:
General from a higher ranking attorney, administrative law judge, or other agency administrator/executive.
Supervision Exercised:
May provide programmatic guidance over legal issues involved in assigned area of work.
Location of Work:
May be used by all state agencies.
Job Distinctions:
Differs from Attorney 1 by the level of supervision received and the level of expertise required in the preparation of legal opinions/courts cases assigned or hearings conducted.
Differs from Attorney 3 by supervision received, the absence of specialization in a specific area of law, and/or the complexity of the hearings conducted.
Examples of Work:
Represents a department at hearings and court proceedings.
Represents a tax administration agency in court or legal proceedings and issues advisory opinions relating to the area of state taxation.
Litigates in trial and appellate courts and before administrative tribunals with little or no supervision.
Prepares legal documents including contracts, court and hearing documents.
Reviews agency reports and records to ascertain whether there has been compliance with applicable laws.
Prosecutes violations of state statutes and administrative rules and regulations.
Confers with private citizens to advise them on state laws and regulations pertaining to the department.
Advises auditors, agents, and revenue audit reviewers on tax laws, regulations, and policies.
Represents the agency in appeals by employees filed with the Civil Service Commission.
Assists in preparing proposed legislation in the area of taxation.
Litigates cases for a variety of taxes administered by the agency in trail and appellate courts.
Interprets state and federal tax laws, regulations, court decisions, and audit standards and review audits for correct application of audit policies in preparing legal defense of tax suits.
Represents the agency in bankruptcy proceedings.
Testifies before legislative committee hearings on proposed tax law changes and current tax laws.
To conduct hearings and to render decisions.
Convenes hearings; issues subpoenas; administers oaths; hears testimony; considers evidence; examines witnesses; maintains order; rules on motions, objections, admissibility of evidence and procedure; prepares and issues decisions and orders based upon all evidence gathered, research of pertinent statutes, pertinent jurisprudence, and independent assessment of acts based on credibility of witnesses and evidence.
Conducts pre-trial conferences with the attorneys to resolve preliminary issues and narrow the scope of the hearing to the facts actually in dispute.
Determines if there are jurisdictional or procedural issues to be disposed of and if so, decides the most appropriate manner (i.e. a limited hearing, an order to brief the issue, an order to amend the pleadings, a status conference, etc.) to address these issues.
Secures, compiles, and maintains all records of adjudications. Ensures that accurate records are maintained in the proceedings that evidence is properly marked and included in the case record, and that audio recordings are accurately marked and properly indexed and stores.
Conducts a continuous study of the current statues, regulations and case law related to areas of law for which hearings are assigned.

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