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UTLEXP - Administrative Law Judge

Date Posted:  Sep 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  397236
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46037

 

Work for Indiana

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. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

About the Job:

Administrative Law Judges preside over all docketed proceedings filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and are responsible for the day-to-day management of cases assigned to them. To be successful in this position an Administrative Law Judge must have the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and be able to work independently as well as in a team setting. An Administrative Law Judge must possess a Doctor of Jurisprudence and be a member of the Indiana State Bar, in good standing. Administrative Law Judges report to the Chief Administrative Law Judge.

A Day in the Life:

1.  Case Management. Administrative Law Judges are responsible for the management and oversight of cases assigned to them by the Commission. Administrative Law Judges should maintain a caseload that reflects matters of varying degrees of complexity commensurate with the Administrative Law Judge’s level of experience. To effectively manage their caseload, Administrative Law Judges must:

  • Act in a timely manner to initially review assigned files and set matters for a Prehearing Conference or Evidentiary Hearing, as appropriate.
  • Memorialize the established procedural schedule through the issuance of a Docket Entry or the development, review, and timely circulation of a Prehearing Conference Order for approval by the Commission. 
  • Ensure that the established procedural schedule is adhered to by the parties (except in the case of appropriate extensions of time or continuances requested by the parties) for the case to move toward timely resolution by the Commission. 
  • Ensure that motions by the parties are made in writing and acted on in writing—typically through the issuance of a Docket Entry. This should be done in a timely manner consistent with requirements and timeframes set forth in the Commission’s procedural rules. In acting on motions, the Administrative Law Judge should discuss pertinent issues with the assigned Commissioner, staff, and, as appropriate, the Chief Administrative Law Judge. 
  • Work cooperatively in a team setting to ensure that routine determinations on standard motions are, to the greatest extent practicable, uniform throughout the Division. In furtherance of this objective, Administrative Law Judges should utilize standardized forms developed within the Division for routine Docket Entries and Prehearing Conference Orders.
  • Review all pre-filed testimony and exhibits prior to the Evidentiary Hearing and meet with staff and the assigned Commissioner as necessary to review the issues and formulate any appropriate bench questions.
  • Following the Evidentiary Hearing, work with assigned staff and Commissioner(s) to develop an Order that is legally sound and consistent with Commission policy and precedent.
  • Major cases or cases involving significant or novel legal issues should be discussed with the Chief Administrative Law Judge who should be kept apprised of the status of the proceedings. In addition, when deemed appropriate by the assigned Commissioner and after receipt of all evidence, the Administrative Law Judge is responsible for scheduling any deliberative sessions. 
  • Review monthly the Assigned Case Report to ensure that individual case lists accurately reflect cases pending before the Commission. It is the responsibility of the Administrative Law Judge to move cases toward a timely conclusion and matters should not remain pending on an Administrative Law Judge’s docket for an extended period of time. 

A Day in the Life:

2. Conduct of Hearings. In conducting hearings before the Commission, the Administrative Law Judge must: 

  • Act as an impartial arbiter of the proceeding and maintain the proper decorum and integrity of the administrative proceeding consistent with the Commission’s procedural rules and the Indiana rules of evidence. 
  • Do not prejudge the evidence, act in a manner that exhibits a bias toward any party, or result in the appearance of impropriety. 
  • Through questions from the bench attempt to gain clarification of testimony or exhibits as necessary to ensure the development of an administrative record that will support subsequent action on the part of the Commission based on a clear understanding of the issues presented. 
  • Consider the evidentiary basis and propriety of settlement agreements submitted by parties, and ask appropriate questions from the bench, in an effort to ensure that the record developed in support of the settlement agreement allows the Commission to fully consider whether the settlement agreement is in the public interest.

3.  Commission Conference. The Commission considers and acts on Orders at a weekly Conference meeting. Administrative Law Judges are expected to attend all Commission Conferences. Each Administrative Law Judge is required to circulate orders in a manner that ensures that they may be acted on by the Commission within any legally prescribed timeframes. 

4.  Continuing Legal Education and Legal Research. It is the responsibility of an Administrative Law Judge to remain in good standing with the Indiana State Bar; comply with all continuing legal education requirements applicable to attorneys in the State of Indiana, and meet additional requirements in the following manner: 

  • Administrative Law Judges must satisfy the continuing legal education requirements necessary to remain in good standing with the Indiana Bar and to maintain current knowledge of utility law and trends in public utility regulation that may impact issues faced by the Commission. 
  • While Administrative Law Judges are encouraged to attend the continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the Utility Section of the Indiana Bar Association, they are also encouraged to annually attend specialized seminars regarding specific utility issues.
  • Administrative Law Judges must maintain the skills necessary, including utilization of Westlaw, to fully research legal issues presented to the Commission. 
  • Administrative Law Judges must act in conformance with the Code of Ethics for the IURC Executive Order #93-12 and all statutory and administrative provisions governing the Commission. Judges should also maintain familiarity with, and adhere to, the Commission’s ex parte rules and policies as well as ethics rules applicable to attorneys and employees of the State of Indiana. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Admission to the Indiana State Bar.
  • Advanced knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, and precedents.
  • Thorough knowledge of the agency and/or organizational program(s) and business practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of State programs and resources, public policy, and program evaluation.
  • Ability to develop and/or measure program outcomes.
  • Ability to supervise others by assigning/directing work. Conducting employee evaluations, staff training, and development, taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, and making hiring/termination recommendations.
  • Must possess excellent writing and communication skills and be able to present ideas and opinions clearly in verbal, written, and electronic form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow agency employees.
  • Ability to treat all state employees with courtesy and respect.
  • Ability to create, maintain and improve the culture of teamwork, excellent customer service, and cost-effective use of the people’s resources.
  • Ability to discharge all job responsibilities with integrity.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

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) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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