This is an exciting opportunity for law students to gain valuable legal experience with the Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services!
Law Clerks at the Department of Child Support Services work closely with supervising attorneys on all phases of child support litigation (i.e., obtaining orders, modifying orders, and enforcing orders.) Law Clerks will utilize various systems to locate persons, assets and research case/participant information in the statewide child support computer system. Law Clerks will assist in the preparation of cases for hearing and/or trial, performing research, as needed, and conferring with staff and litigants. Law Clerks will assist in interpreting and applying laws, court decisions and other legal authorities; attend staff or other meetings as requested; confer regularly with staff attorneys; present oral and written reports; prepare routine correspondence; interview and work with case participants to reach stipulations and present information regarding modification or enforcement of child support orders; appear at court hearings to assist with reaching agreements between parties and provide information to the parties regarding available child support services. After certification by the State Bar, Child Support Services Law Clerks may make court appearances under the supervision of a staff attorney.
Note: This is an unpaid internship position, affording a student excellent hands-on, direct relevant work experience, as well as possible school credit. Applicants must currently be enrolled at an accredited college or university to qualify for this position.
The Department of Child Support Services locates parents, establishes parentage and establishes and enforces child support orders. The program is highly regulated and is dynamic in terms of changes in both statutory and case law.
Interns applying to this position must have completed their first year of an accredited law school program, or have successfully completed the California First Year Law Students Examination and be currently enrolled in law school.
The Department is seeking an intern who is flexible and available at least 10 hours per week, for 6 months or longer.
Education: Completion of the first year of an accredited law school program, or successful completion of the California First Year Law Students Examination and current enrollment in a law school.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary endorsements may be required to perform the essential functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to: analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems; present statements of law, fact and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form; establish and maintain harmonious and cooperative relationships with other staff members, other county staff, and the public; perform legal research and prepare legal opinions; evaluate complaints and obtain information through personal interviews.
Knowledge of: the principles of civil and criminal law and the methods and practices of pleading; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; legal research methods and how to prepare briefs and opinions.
Applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed to ensure candidates meet the minimum requirements for the position. Candidates possessing these requirements will be referred to the department for further consideration. The hiring department will contact candidates who appear to best meet the requirements and needs of the position and take further steps in making a selection for the internship.
For more detailed information about the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.
Interns are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Paid interns may meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) to qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage. Dependent coverage may also be available at employee's cost. Interns may not work in excess of 1560 hours in a twelve month period.
A background investigation may be required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at: http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1304
HR Technician: TK
County of Sonoma - 13 months ago