**Summary**The Attorney Specialist is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance to the agency. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.**Typical Functions**Reviews and analyzes data and documentation related to agency's legal matters to determine the agency's position on the issue. Researches case law, state law, and any applicable federal laws related to current legalissues in order to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement orsettlement. Writes legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support arguments to facilitate themediation/litigation process. Analyzes and interprets state and federal laws to determine impact on agency programs. Advises agency management on potential legal issues affecting the agency and offers alegal opinion on actions the agency may take in resolving legal issues. Represents the agency in legal proceedings which may occur in various settings andjurisdictions. Drafts proposed legislation, amendments to current legislation, amendments to agencyregulations, and represents the agency at legislative hearings. May supervise a small administrative support staff by assigning and reviewing work andevaluating the performance of the employees. May interview and recommend for hireapplicants for agency vacancies. Performs other duties as assigned.**Special Job Dimensions**Occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact finding meetings, advisory meetings,hearings, and/or court proceedings is required. Occasional out-of state travel related to agency legal matters may be required.**Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills**Knowledge of state and federal laws. Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state and federal statutes, legalprecedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to provide legal guidance and technical assistance to agency's management andstaff. Ability to perform mediation / litigation. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of the administrative support staff.**Minimum Education and/or Experience**The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus three years of experience as a practicing attorney in the public or private sector. CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver's license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.**Preferred Qualifications****Certificates, Licenses, Registrations****Agency Specific Information**ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WITH WORK HISTORY WILL BE ACCEPTED.Applications must include complete work history and references. A resume may accompany the state application but will not be substituted for any part of the application.Veteran Preference: A copy of a DD-214 must be submitted to the Hiring Official, at time of interview to be considered for Veteran Preference.DFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.A criminal background check is required for all DFA positions; an FBI background check may be required.