Law Clerk

  • 101221

SUMMARY: Under limited direction, performs a variety of complex and confidential legal duties, including legal research and drafting of legal materials.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Maintains and researches confidential matters and materials.
  2. Researches and prepares legal memoranda, opinions, and briefs.
  3. Conducts legal investigations to obtain facts.
  4. Acts as liaison with the courts and other agencies.
  5. Drafts ordinances, charter amendments, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, permits, licenses and other legal instruments.
  6. Conducts legal research as needed.
  • Knowledge of City, federal and state employment, civil rights and labor laws, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of procedural legal principles, applications, and general legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of City’s human resources policies, practices and procedures in area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware, software and peripherals related to area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of record keeping and file maintenance methods, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of research and investigative methods and practices.
  • Knowledge of mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution methods and practices.
  • Skill in researching and analyzing statistical or informational data.
  • Skill in effectively utilizing written communication in the development of investigative reports, management reports, training guidelines, and written descriptions.
  • Skill in utilizing verbal communication in presentations and responses to inquiries and complaints.
  • Skill in identifying, diffusing and mediating differences, and developing consensus.
  • Ability to organize and prepare law briefs, opinions, analyses, reports and evaluations of legal subjects.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, legal opinions and decisions and to correlate this material with assigned legal problems and issues of intricate and complicated nature.
  • Ability to deal effectively with attorneys, litigants, and other members of the public with courtesy and tact.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work involves light work in a fast paced office setting. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, lift objects (up to 25 pounds), drive to other City departments and perform similar other actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Juris Doctorate degree. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: Exempt
B/U: None
Last revision date: April 2003
Overtime: No
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