Disciplinary Counsel and Director of Regulatory Services – The Oregon State Bar

Disciplinary Counsel and Director of Regulatory Services

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 direct the operations of and provide legal services to the OSB in the lawyer disciplinary system. Also manages the membership status change process.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Implements rules and regulations set by the Board of Governors, State Professional Responsibility Board (SPRB), and the Supreme Court in regard to the disciplinary process, and evaluates the bar’s performance under applicable standards.
  • Directs investigative and prosecutorial phases of all disciplinary proceedings, in addition to handling personal caseload of disciplinary complaints and litigation.
  • Serves as legal counsel to the SPRB.
  • Responsible for membership status change processes including reinstatement investigations.
  • Provides advice to the Board of Governors and to the Executive Director regarding appropriate disposition of reinstatement applications, and represents the bar in contested reinstatement litigation.
  • Supervises staff of the Discipline Department, including but not limited to, hiring, training, scheduling, reviewing work and evaluating performance.
  • Responsible for day-to-day operations of the department and program within policy guidelines set by the Executive Director and Board of Governors.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing a robust and accurate data collection system for all disciplinary complaints and their status.
  • Responsible for disciplinary records management and compliance under public records regulations, including oversight of department response to high volume of public records requests.
  • Reviews all pro hac vice applications filed with the bar under UTCR 3.170, and arbitration certifications filed under RPC 5.5(e).
  • Coordinates with other departments the curriculum development and presentation of Ethics School under BR 6.4.
  • Makes recommendations to the Executive Director on employment and termination of department staff.
  • Develops annual budget for the department and program with approval of the Executive Director for submission to the Board of Governors and the Supreme Court and monitors all revenues and expenditures.
  • Develops the long- and short-range plans for the department and program.
  • Develops and implements policies to assure a service orientation toward the public, members and other recipients of department and program services.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure cooperation and teamwork among the department and program staff.
  • Held accountable largely on the basis of results through the program measurement process.

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

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university. Graduation from an accredited law school. Admission to practice law in Oregon with active membership in the Oregon State Bar.
  • Excellent legal skills with a thorough understanding of trial and appellate law. Seven years of increasingly responsible legal experience, at least five of which should be in private practice. Governmental, regulatory, and professional licensing legal experience preferred. Experience resolving legal ethics issues a plus.
  • Five years experience in program administration to include program planning, administration, and evaluation; budgeting; and personnel selection, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Fluency with the Microsoft Office Suite in a Microsoft Windows environment with particular emphasis on Word and Excel. Ability to type 40 WPM with accuracy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal, communication and conflict management skills. Ability to exercise sound judgment in keeping with the objectives of the bar and policies of the organization. Ability to set priorities and work with various interest groups or individuals with conflicting demands.
  • Ability to communicate in person, in writing, by e-mail, and by telephone. Ability to work at a computer for prolonged periods of time. Ability to manipulate data for program and budgetary purposes.
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment and computer peripherals.
  • Ability to perform detailed work requiring concentrated effort.
  • Ability to travel overnight, inside and outside Oregon, to hearings, meetings, and seminars.

The start date for this position will be early February 2013. The salary will be between $97K and $115K depending on experience. The OSB offers excellent benefits including voluntary 6% participation in the PERS program.

Send your resume with a cover letter to Christine Kennedy, Director of Human Resources – DC, Oregon State Bar, P. O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281. Fax to 503-598-6985 or e-mail (MS Word format only) to hr@osbar.org. There is no closing date for applying. We will accept applications until the position is filled.