Series established November 18, 1981
This series specification describes two management level legal classes used in the legal programs of the Department of Corporations.
Incumbents in these classes have responsibility for managing the legal programs of the Department of Corporations. This responsibility includes: planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and reviewing the work of professional legal and support personnel serving in both line and staff support capacities; acting as legal advisor to top management of the Department; preparing legislation and representing the Department before the Legislature; formulating legal policies; and participating as a member of top management in the development and implementation of Department policy and programs.
Incumbents in this class report directly to an Assistant Commissioner, Legal Programs, Department of Corporations, and serve as (1) a subordinate manager in a sensitive legal program; or (2) a regional manager in a large line legal program.
These are the highest legal positions in the Department. Incumbents in this classification report directly to the Commissioner of Corporations or Chief Deputy Commissioner and serve either as (1) the Chief, Office of Policy, (2) the Chief, Qualifications and Registrations Division or (3) the Chief, Enforcement Division.
Membership in The State Bar of California (applicants must have active membership in The State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment). and Either I One year of experience in California state service performing legal duties* at a level of responsibility equivalent to Senior Staff Counsel (Specialist) or (Supervisor).
Two years of experience in California state service performing legal duties* at a level of responsibility equivalent to Staff Counsel, Range D.
Broad and extensive experience (more than five years) in the practice of law*. [Experience in California state service applied toward this require ment must include at least one year performing duties of a class at a level of responsi bility equivalent to Senior Staff Counsel (Specialist) or (Supervisor).]
Knowledge of: Legal principles and their applications; legal research methods, court procedures, rules of evidence and procedures; administrative law and the conduct of proceedings before administrative bodies; provisions of laws and Government Code sections administered or enforced by the Depart ment of Corporations; principles of public administration, personnel management, and supervision; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; and a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Direct a complex legal program; effectively perform the most sensitive and complex legal work; analyze legal principles and precedents and apply them to complex legal and administrative problems; present state ments of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral forms, draft opinions, pleadings, rulings, regulations and legislation; hold hearings and independently present difficult and complex cases in court; plan, organize and direct the work of a staff of attorneys and support personnel; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
*Experience in "performing legal duties" or "the practice of law" is defined as only that legal experience acquired after admission to The Bar.