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January 15, 2020
Mcdowell County, North Carolina
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Description of Work

RECRUITMENT RANGE: $43,248.00 - $55,000.00

The Office of the District Attorney, Prosecutorial District 41, which consists of McDowell and Rutherford counties, seeks a qualified attorney to prosecute cases in District, Juvenile, and Administrative Traffic Courts in McDowell County. As a District Court prosecutor, this ADA will prosecute infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. He or she must be able to work closely with law enforcement officers and other court officials as a team; identify the strengths and weaknesses of each case; determine and achieve the appropriate case outcome; interview and assist victims and witnesses; write and file motions; conduct hearings and bench trials; and run a court docket quickly, efficient, professionally, properly, and compassionately.

This Assistant District Attorney must establish and maintain a close working, collaborative team relationship with the other District Attorney staff as well as District law enforcement officers, and a collegial, cooperative, professional relationship with the Defense Bar and other participants in the criminal justice process. Their morals, ethics, and conduct must be above reproach.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Knowledge of: federal, state, common, and constitutional law; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; case, statutory, and common law; NC General Statutes to prosecute criminal cases; judicial and quasi-judicial procedures; legal research methods, techniques, sources, databases, and other research tools; the principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information, documents, financial records, and other data that may be used in trial court processes, protocols, and strategies; the operations of the NC court system; and ethical and professional standards of conduct.

Skill in: interpreting and applying complex criminal laws to information, evidence, and other data; listening techniques used in interviewing witnesses; using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of case facts; researching and identifying precedence in case law; utilizing and evaluating electronic legal research and online systems; negotiating plea agreements; organizing work; setting priorities; meeting critical deadlines; and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.

Ability to: analyze facts, laws, rules, regulations, interpretations, and related written documents and apply applicable law to those facts; conduct legal research; plan, develop, and execute an effective litigation strategy to achieve desired results; prepare, organize, and conduct witness examinations; deliver opening statements, closing arguments, and evidentiary objections; express complex legal concepts and related facts in a clear and concise manner; argue clearly, logically, and persuasively; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and other participants in the criminal justice process; recognize and solve problems; produce legal interpretations in a quick and responsive manner for court officials; write reports, motions, briefs, and other legal documents; deal tactfully with sensitive situations; communicate both orally and in writing; and work independently.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school and an active license to practice law in North Carolina.

Management prefers candidates that have an active license to practice law in North Carolina or be sitting for the North Carolina Bar Exam in February 2020. DO NOT APPLY unless you are currently licensed to practice law in North Carolina or are sitting for the North Carolina Bar Exam in February 2020.

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Charmaine J. Leeks
NC Administrative Office of the Courts
Human Resources Division

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  • I understand my application will not be considered for employment if it is incomplete or if I have not included all requested attachments. I acknowledge it is my responsibility to disclose any supplemental employment to my supervisor and that if I am selected for this position, I will submit the required documentation.
Do you possess a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school?

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Do you possess an active license to practice law in North Carolina?

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  • No
Are you sitting for the February 2020 North Carolina Bar Exam?

  • Yes
  • No
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