OSB Seeks Deputy General Counsel

Deputy General Counsel

The Oregon State Bar (OSB) regulates the practice of law in Oregon and provides a variety of services to its members and the public. We are looking for someone to join our dedicated team and provide counsel for the (OSB) under the general supervision of General Counsel.

OSB is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provides ethics advice to members by telephone and in writing.
  • Prepares and/or reviews OSB contracts.
  • Advises General Counsel, Director of Human Resources, and Executive Director in employment matters including development and enforcement of human resources policies and hiring and termination issues.
  • Represents OSB in non-disciplinary litigation and oversees litigation handled by outside counsel. Enforces disciplinary cost-bill judgments.
  • Assists General Counsel in supervision and oversight of the Client Assistance Office, State Lawyers Assistance, Unlawful Practice of Law, and Fee Dispute Resolution programs.
  • Assists General Counsel with legal advice and policy development for the Board of Governors and the Executive Director.
  • Assists in preparation of budget and long- and short-range plans for General Counsel’s Office.
  • Assists in formulation of policies and procedures for bar operations.
  • Serves as the OSB’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and Chairs the Bar Accessibility Review Team.
  • May serve as Acting Executive Director in the absence of the Executive Director and General Counsel.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure cooperation and teamwork among General Counsel and Client Assistance Office staff. Develops and implements policies to assure a service orientation toward members and other recipients of program services.
  • Speaks and writes on ethics issues for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs and OSB publications.
  • Serves as bar liaison to committees and sections as assigned.

Candidates may have any satisfactory equivalent combination of the following experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work.

  • Active admission to the practice of law in Oregon. Seven years legal experience, preferably including at least some private practice and civil litigation experience. Knowledge of public sector, administrative and regulatory law and legislative process desirable. Knowledge of legal ethics rules and principles. Experience in analyzing Oregon legal ethics issues desirable.
  • Experience in program planning, administration, and evaluation; budgeting; and personnel selection, supervision, and evaluation. Experience in the Microsoft Office Suite in a Microsoft Windows environment with particular emphasis on Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with database management programs preferred. Ability to type 40 WPM with accuracy.
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict management skills with strong ability to listen and use tact.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to write articles for print publication.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills before large and small groups.
  • Excellent organization skills with ability to prioritize multiple activities and projects in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment. Strong time management skills meeting and exceeding timelines and deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in keeping with the objectives of the bar and policies of General Counsel’s Office and the Oregon State Bar.
  • Ability to exercise a professional demeanor and provide a high level of customer service for a potentially demanding customer base in a variety of situations.
  • Commitment to teamwork and cross-responsibility within a department.
  • Ability to communicate in person, in writing, by email, and by telephone.
  • Ability to communicate on the telephone and work on a computer for long periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer. Ability to manipulate data for program purposes and typing.
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment and computer peripherals.
  • Ability to work in a moderately noisy, open environment.
  • Ability to perform detailed work requiring concentrated effort.
  • Ability to perform as a public speaker.
  • Ability to travel overnight, inside and outside Oregon, for meetings and seminars.

Salary range minimum starts at $7,784 per month. The OSB offers excellent benefits including voluntary 6% participation in the PERS program.

Send resume with a cover letter to Director of Human Resources, Attention: DGC, Oregon State Bar, P. O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281. Fax to 503-598-6985 or e-mail to [email protected].


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