JOB TITLE: Supervising Attorney

The Judicial Council of California is accepting applications for the position of Supervising Attorney for the Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC).

The Supervising Attorney will supervise the operations, staff, and contractors of multiple complex projects to successfully complete the deliverables in the portfolio of the Court Assistance, Resources, and Education group related to rules and forms development, legal counsel to Judicial Council Advisory Committees, and management of major education and technical assistance programs for the courts
including the Indian Child Welfare Act grant program, the Tribal Violence Against Women Education program, and the Tribal Attorney’s Dependency project. The team carries out complex, high profile analysis and judicial branch content development on behalf of the Judicial Council in all areas of juvenile and tribal law relations. The Supervising Attorney will supervise a portfolio of projects and
related contracts in close collaboration with the Legal Service office, other offices in the Court Operations division, and Information Services/Web Services. This project is of a highly visible and sensitive nature and requires a supervisor with strong project management skills. The supervisor will assign and review legal analysis involving rules, forms, informational material, and legal education; and
policy analysis for the courts and juvenile and tribal court participants and stakeholders. The Supervising Attorney will respond to questions and make presentations to branch leadership, as well as representatives from the executive and legislative branches of government and key justice partners. The Supervisor will also represent the Judicial Council in federal and state executive branch meetings and collaborate with court leadership to ensure a high-level of customer service.

The Judicial Council strives for work-life balance and includes substantial vacation and holiday time. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package including pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending, up to $130 reimbursement for qualifying commuting costs, and retirement savings plans. In San Francisco, the office is only a 7-minute walk from the Civic Center BART station in
downtown San Francisco. In Sacramento, the office is located minutes from downtown, just north of Discovery Park.

The successful candidate will be expected to work in the San Francisco or Sacramento office. However, hybrid schedules may be available from a California residence during the duration of the agency’s Hybrid Work Pilot Program.

• Respond to action in the Judicial Council and legislature that necessitates changes in California rules of court and forms. Oversee the identification and development of legal and policy issues requiring the enactment or modification of rules and forms related to juvenile law and tribes (including adoption forms, tribal courts and tribal issues, and domestic violence) coordinating and reviewing the work-product of Attorney II and nonlegal staff in our office (CFCC) who work on rules and forms. Oversee approximately 15-20 rule and form proposals annually:

− Identify items for rule and form changes by collaborating with Governmental Affairs staff to recommend to the Judicial Council Rules Committee which enacted legislation requires implementation, and if so, if rules and forms are necessary, reviewing case law
to determine when cases require rule or form changes; and confer with advisory committee chairs and members, judges and court staff, and other staff on potential rules and forms to assist the courts.
− Consult with colleagues on the CFCC management team to assign projects to attorneys with appropriate subject-matter expertise and to administrative staff with the appropriate technical skills to support each proposal.
− Review and edit draft rules and forms and corresponding memoranda. Ensure that all attorneys working on rules and forms adhere to the Judicial Council’s process, including committee review and public comment. Collaborate with the attorney assigned to each proposal to determine if specific comment should be sought from the Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers Joint Rules Working Group or groups not included on the standard distribution list (e.g., psychiatrists and other mental health professions on proposals related to psychotropic medication).
− Collaborate and coordinate with staff in the Legal Services office and Judicial Council Support Services to ensure that CFCC work-product meets the standards established b the Judicial Council and its Rules Committee.
• Legal supervision for planning, implementation and on-going operation of the Legal Counsel for Tribes program mandated by the Budget Act of 2022:
− Supervise preparation of legal memos, opinions, court procedures, sample court orders, and other legal content related to assisting the courts in incorporating the tribal attorneys into dependency proceedings.
− Supervise development and delivery of legal education for state and tribal judges, dependency counsel, county counsel and social workers, and other stakeholders in working with tribal attorneys and incorporating their responsibilities into dependency proceedings.
− Supervise Tribal Projects staff in responding to questions and requests for technical assistance from state and tribal court judges, tribes, and stakeholders.
− Supervise the management of the additional funds provide through the Budget Act including budgeting, planning, solicitations, local assistance, and other procurement options.
• Legal supervision for the on-going education and technical assistance to the courts provided by the Indian Child Welfare Act Grant program and the Tribal Violence Against Women Education Program:
− Supervise the development of legal education provided to state and tribal courts and other stakeholders under the Indian Child Welfare Act program and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
− Supervise Tribal Projects staff in responding to questions and requests for technical assistance from state and tribal court judges, tribes, and stakeholders.
− Supervise the development of legal education provided to state and tribal courts and other stakeholders under the Tribal Violence Against Women Education program.
• Provide legal review and supervision of staff to the Judicial Council Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, Judicial Council Tribal Court-State Court Forum; as well as the California Child Welfare Council:
− Ensure committee staff conducts committee activities in compliance with the Operating Standards for Advisory Bodies and in coordination with Judicial Council Support Services.
− Oversee identification of issues for each committee’s annual agenda and ensure appropriate staffing. Establish work plan for the agenda with the committee leadership and other staff.
• Supervisory duties:
− Recommends selection of staff;
− Trains staff and proposes internal and external training courses and workshops;
− Provide career development and planning for staff;
− Approves time off requests;
− Reviews and approves time sheets;
− Evaluates employee performance and conducts performance reviews;
− Administers discipline as required.

Juris doctor, and four (4) years of post-bar experience as a practicing attorney, which includes one (1) year of supervisory experience. After passing a state bar, work experience as a Law Clerk to a federal or state judge prior to formal bar admission will be considered qualifying experience.


Two years as an Attorney, in the assigned area, with the Judicial Council of California or two years of experience performing the duties of a class comparable in the level of responsibility to that of an Attorney in a California Superior Court or California state-level government entity and a) completion of training courses on topics related to effective supervision within 6 months of promotion; or b) one year
of previous supervisory experience.

− Current membership with the State Bar of California prior to hire.

If you are selected for hire, verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work in the United States will be required.

To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00 P.M. on 11/16/22, 2022. This position will remain Open Until Filled and requires the submission of our official application, a resume and a response to the supplemental question.
To complete an online application, go to job opening #5762 at The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation. Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (415) 865-4272.

$13,197.00 – $15,838.00 per month
(Starting salary will be $13,197.00 per month)
Some highlights of our benefits package include:
• Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
• 14 paid holidays per calendar year
• Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
• 1 personal holiday per year
• Up to $130 per month reimbursement for qualifying commuting costs
• CalPERS Retirement Plan
• 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
• Employee Assistance Program
• Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
• Flex Elect Program
• Pretax Parking
• Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional)
• Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)

The Judicial Council of California Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Supplemental Questions
To better assess the qualifications of each applicant, please provide a response to the following
1. Do you have any other employment by the State of California that is not already provided on
your application? If yes, please list the specific departments or agencies for which you worked.
If you have no prior state service, please state “none”.

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