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Date:  Jan 4, 2022
Req ID:  4599

Statewide, AR, US, 72201

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $56,038.94

Position Number: 22111955 
County: Statewide 
Posting End Date: 12/31/9999 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $56,038.94 



*This position is considered for vacancy opportunities across the state*


Special Conditions:

The DHS Office of Chief Counsel is seeking qualified applicants for a GS10 attorney position in its County Legal Operations (CLO) division. CLO provides legal representation to DHS’s Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Adult Protective Services (APS), and the Office of the Public Guardian for Adults (OPG) in all 75 counties in Arkansas. The attorney specialist will engage in all aspects of client representation for the state’s largest executive agency, including research and writing, client counseling and advocacy, and litigation in circuit court and administrative proceedings.


This position is ideal for candidates interested in gaining litigation experience, or those with an interest in child welfare or probate law.


The applicant must be licensed in Arkansas and in good standing. Travel may be required. The ability to utilize technology to participate in court hearings and other meetings by videoconference and teleconference is also required.

The Department of Human Services is a place for people passionate about serving others and changing lives for the better. We care for Arkansans of all ages and ensure places like child care centers and nursing homes are safe. We are the safety net for the most vulnerable Arkansans. Whether you answer the phones, take applications, protect children, or help care for residents or patients at one of our facilities, you make a difference by working at DHS. Plus, working for the State has great perks, including a pension, maternity leave, paid state holidays, and much more. At DHS, we take care of our employees so you can help care for others.

Position Information

Class Code: G073C

Grade: GS10


Salary Range: $56,039.00 - $81,257.00


The Attorney 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/institution policy.


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 legal issues to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement, or settlement. Writes legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support arguments to facilitate the mediation/litigation process. Analyzes and interprets state and federal laws to determine impact on agency programs. Advises agency management on legal issues affecting the agency and offers a legal opinion on actions the agency may take to resolve legal issues. Represents the agency in legal proceedings which may occur in various settings and jurisdictions. Performs other duties as assigned.


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, Skills and Abilities

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, legal precedents and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to provide legal guidance and technical assistance to agency's management and staff. Ability to perform mediation / litigation.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus one year of experience in law. 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.


Licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar per ACA 16-22-201.

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock