Louisiana Department of State Civil Service ATTORNEY 4 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana



$3,964.00 - $8,339.00 Monthly

$22.87 - $48.11 Hourly

$3,964.00 - $8,339.00 Monthly


Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge, LA

Job Type



Division of Administrative Law

Job Number



12/10/2016 11:59 PM Central

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Supplemental Information


A statutory MINIMUM OF TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE practicing law is required – no exceptions.

Applicants must have a license to practice law in Louisiana, and be a resident of Louisiana.

This is a full-time job located at the DAL Baton Rouge office only.


Experience with administrative hearings, trial practice, or judge. This is a demanding job with a heavy workload, primarily in the Medicaid appeals section. Experience in health care law or public benefits cases is a plus. Candidates must be able to conduct hearings, and type their own written decisions with a high degree of professionalism and thoroughness. Daily and extensive use of our computerized case management system is required. Excellent writing and computer skills are desired. An outside law practice is restricted, and very limited. Your work domicile and location will be in Baton Rouge, at least 40 hours per week, and no telecommuting.

You must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, a drug test, and reviews of any LA Board of Ethics and LSBA disciplinary counsel matters, and your driver's license record.

Applicants are asked to scan and attach ALL of the following:

1) A statement of the date(s) of admission to the LSBA or other state bars;

2) A resume;

3) Sample of your own legal writing; and

4) A letter detailing your experience.

See additional information at DAL's website, www.adminlaw.state.la.us under "Employment".

If you experience difficulties attaching these documents in the system, they may be faxed to (225) 219–1041 as a last resort.

*Due to the great number of applications generally received for position vacancies, we regret that only those applicants interviewed will be notified of our hiring decision.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants can check the status of their application at any time by selecting the 'Application Status' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.

Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.

Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed by Human Resources to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.

Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.

Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager. You may or may not be called for an interview.

Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.

Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.

For further information about this vacancy contact:

Deputy General Counsel

Adaora Chukudebelu





Possession of a license to practice law in the state of Louisiana, plus four years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:

To serve as a senior attorney in a legal unit and serve as a specialist of the most complex law areas (as determined by an agency allocation criteria memo with the Department of Civil Service).

Level of Work:

Program Manager.

Supervision Received:

Broad review from an Attorney--Deputy General Counsel 1 or equivalent/higher ranking attorney, administrative law judge, or other agency administrator/executive. Note: Attorney 4's should not report to an Attorney Supervisor.

Supervision Exercised:

May supervise a lower ranking attorney or administrative law judge.

Location of Work:

May be used by all agencies.

Job Distinctions:

Differs from other Attorney jobs by the level of independence exercised, supervision received, supervision exercised, and the complexity of the specialized programmatic areas or hearings conducted in accordance with Civil Service Allocation Criteria Memo. The Attorney 4 is intended to be a specialist level. Not all staff level positions will be allocated to the Attorney 4 job.

Differs from Deputy General Counsel 1 by subordinate relationship.

Examples of Work


Represent a department in highly complex and high profile litigation before trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals.

Represent the agency in complex procedural and substantive legal and regulatory proceedings involving multiple scientific, technical, regulatory, and legal issues combined.

To independently conduct evidentiary public hearings on issues pertaining to major program areas.

May serve as lead-worker over attorneys of lower rank. May supervise a lower ranking attorney or an administrative law judge.

Prepares and reviews the preparation and negotiation of contracts, requests for proposal, and other legal documents.

Drafts and reviews the drafting of new legislation.

Advise department officials on their highest profile and complex legal problems.

Serves as chief regional/district legal counsel for a state department/agency/office having program offices, in an assigned geographic region, and is responsible for independently providing highly technical legal direction, advice, assistance, consultation, representation and having a direct influence on the operations of the regional/district program offices.


Conducts public, adversarial, evidentiary hearings throughout the state involving a constitutionally protected property right and involving various, highly complex legal issues in which cases, there is no opportunity for another evidentiary hearing; examines or cross examines witnesses as necessary to fully develop the facts; rules on the admissibility of evidence; rules on procedural matters; administers the oath to witnesses and maintains decorum.

Independently weighs the testimonial and documentary evidence presented, assesses the credibility of witnesses, and determines the facts.

Researches and interprets the applicable law and jurisprudence; applies the law to the facts found and independently reaches a decision; prepares and issues a formal written opinion containing findings of fact, conclusions of law, the rationale for the decision and the judgment, which judgment is binding on the parties unless judicial review is sought.

Develops an accurate record of the proceedings by insuring: that the proceedings are recorded; that the exhibits offered, proffered or introduced into evidence are adequately marked for identification and are physically placed in the record; that the sound recordings are accurately labeled; and that an index of testimony is prepared indicating at what point on what tape each witness testified and the nature of the examination. Decides whether, as a matter of law, the case should be disposed of without a hearing on the merits and orders limitations on the scope of the hearing; decides whether requested subpoenas are relevant and orders/declines the issuance of subpoenas; decides whether there is good cause shown and grants/denies requests for continuance.

Determines nature and scope of hearing by reading the file and researching the applicable law; estimates length of hearing; schedules cases for hearing.

Conducts a continuous study of applicable law and judicial decisions.