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Deputy General Counsel

Date Posted:  Dec 2, 2021
Requisition ID:  257626

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

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Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Hire Salary:

Compensation is commensurate with years as a practicing attorney.



The Deputy General Counsel will be required to work at least 2 days a week in the Central Office in Indianapolis. The remainder of the time can be at a local office or sometimes at home, however, this is not a remote position.


About the Department of Child Services:

Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible.

Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.

Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:

  • Respect for all
  • Racial justice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • A culture of safety
  • A commitment to continuous improvement

About the Job:

The Deputy General Counsel of the Litigation Division serves as legal counsel for the agency. The overall purpose and responsibility of the position is to oversee, supervise and manage all functions of the litigation division, including, but not limited to: (1) direct supervision of the Assistant Deputy General Counsels of Litigation and statewide management of litigation;  (2) direct supervision of the Assistant Deputy General Counsel of Training and oversight of a quality training program for members of the litigation division for new attorney onboarding and continuing education; (3) monitoring and overseeing contract attorneys performing litigation duties; (4) identifying and engaging on complex pieces of litigation and legal issues; and (5) functioning as a primary point of contact for litigation with internal and external stakeholders.  

A Day in the Life:

•Supervision and management of the legal division staff, attorneys, paralegals, and clerical staff.
•Assigning work to appropriate staff.
•Drive and maintain operational performance litigation division across all regions to achieve best outcomes for children and families. 
•Establish and monitor key litigation performance measures and deploy countermeasure solutions. 
•Identify, develop, and maintain cross-department systemic initiatives to improve outcomes. 
•Identify, develop, and maintain measures for how litigation attorney performance impacts case outcomes. 
•Deploy and foster a culture of problem-solving and constant process improvement. 
•Monitor and maintain current and forecasted litigation staffing needs based on caseloads, developed case weighting methodology, and regional and office needs.
•Maintain first-rate onboarding and continuing legal education program for litigation attorneys, including Trial Advocacy skills, Indiana Rules of Evidence, Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure, Indiana Rules of Professional Responsibility, Juvenile law matters relating to Child Welfare.
•Develop and maintain a process for obtaining and tracking stakeholder feedback on litigation performance. 
•Engagement in proactive risk mitigation. 
•Develop and deploy consistent operational standards.  
•Function as a key communicator and facilitator between litigation, Office of General Counsel, Central Office, and other stakeholders. 
•Develop and maintain pathways and strategies for cultivating and maintaining litigation and Office of General Counsel shared identity rooted in DCS’s mission and core values. 
•Develop and maintain strategic initiatives to recruit high-caliber attorneys and support staff 
•Conduct performance appraisals and maintain fact files for all assigned employees.
•Interview applicants for vacant positions and make promotional and hiring recommendations for vacant positions to the appointing authority.
•Authorize leave requests for assigned employees.
•Supervise the review and revision of internal policies and manuals on various topics impacting the litigation division and/or program areas to ensure compliance with law.
•Advise and consult with local office attorneys and staff in trial preparation, evidentiary issues, complex/sensitive cases, and administrative hearings.
•Review new case law, statutes, regulations and rules and train legal staff on the law, changes in the law and the impact of same on staff workloads.
•Advise OAG on Agency policy and position as it relates to areas within the litigation division.
•Track bills throughout legislative sessions relating to the litigation division; performing analysis and suggesting language and changes in proposed legislation relating to the litigation division.
•Consult and advise General Counsel and Division Directors on legal issues and strategy related to the litigation division.
•Perform Public relations functions by addressing groups, individuals and others about the purpose, goals and methods of programs within the litigation division.
•Work closely with Communications staff in regard to contacts with media.

Other Duties:

•Assist the General Counsel with projects and other matters related to the litigation division.
•Provide agency personnel with legal advice, assistance, and training regarding legal issues
•Perform related duties assigned by the General Counsel and Chief of Staff that may include, but are not limited to, researching and analyzing legal issues, training agency personnel, and educating and assisting staff with litigation, research, and special projects related to the litigation division.
•Supervise the development and implementation of curriculum for new DCS attorneys, attorneys in need of remedial assistance, and intermediate/advanced in-service training, related substantive child welfare law, trial skills, Indiana Rules of Evidence, Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure, Indiana Rules of Professional Responsibility, and DCS legal policies and procedures. 
•Supervise and assist in the development and implementation of a structured certified legal internship program, which shall focus on year-round employment in the jurisdictions that maintain a law school and then statewide in non-law school jurisdictions for summer internships.
•Teach trial advocacy skills, relevant DCS law, and policy.
•Supervise and assist in the development and implementation of a structured trial advocacy training program that includes multiple levels of training (e.g., Trial Advocacy I and Trial Advocacy II) and incorporates the Rules of Evidence, the Rules of Trial Procedure and Professional Responsibility within such programming. 
•Provide individualized training to include courtroom observation, preparation and litigation skills to members of the litigation division.  
•Supervise and assist in the coordination of regular intra-office continuing legal education. 
•Complete understanding of all litigation conducted by DCS local offices, including caseloads, inter-office dynamics and relationships with the courts. 
•Provides general legal support for the Office of General Counsel as needed. 
•Conducts legal trainings for Family Case Managers, legal clerical, attorneys and others as requested.  
•Develop, Organize and Manage a recording system for tracking litigation division members’ CLE hours and hours of trial advocacy, rules of evidence, rules of trial procedure, professional responsibility and child welfare training, as well as attainment of other professional certifications, recognitions, etc.   
•Travel to facilitate individualized training throughout the State for members of the litigation division.
•Perform other duties as assigned

What We're Looking For:

•    Doctorate of Jurisprudence; 
•    Indiana Bar Admission; license in good standing;
•    Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills;
•    Prior experience in training or curriculum development preferred;

•    Valid Driver's License, as moderate travel is required. 

What You'll Need for Success:

•    Doctorate of Jurisprudence; 
•    Indiana Bar Admission; license in good standing;
•    Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills;
•    Prior experience in training or curriculum development preferred;
•    Prior experience implementing process and continuous improvement measures preferred; 
•    Prior experience analyzing data and trends preferred;  
•    Strong communication and public speaking skills;
•    Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply relevant statutes, case law and rules;
•    Strong interpersonal skills; 
•    Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations related to agency functions and purposes and to assigned program areas;
•    Thorough knowledge of Rules of Evidence and the Rules of Trial Procedure;
•    Knowledge of state's court system and law enforcement agencies;
•    Knowledge of legal resources and procedures;
•    Knowledge of the Rules of Ethics and the Code of Professional Responsibility;
•    Ability to prioritize and manage workflow;
•    Ability to supervise the work of professional and clerical staff;
•    Ability to conduct performance appraisals and critically assess the proficiency and quality of work for members of the litigation division;
•    Ability to prepare clear and accurate memoranda;
•    Ability to communicate articulately for Court proceedings;
•    Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with supervisory staff of all appropriate program areas and/or divisions and of other organizations whose cooperation is needed and necessary in delivering services;
•    Ability to use tact and empathy when dealing with people of diverse backgrounds;
•    Ability to exercise sound judgment while managing crisis situations including those involving aggressive adults being investigated;
•    Ability to train staff effectively;
•    Ability to analyze complex problems;
•    Ability to manage multiple priorities while working towards the best end result for the people being served; 
•    Ability to respond quickly and effectively to situations that need immediate response; and 
•    Moderate travel is required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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