DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
CLASSIFICATION SPECIFICATION


Class Title: Appellate Counsel
Title Code: 9777
Pay Range: N/A
Overtime Code: 0

Definition:

This is professional level work in the Missouri Department of Revenue providing legal advice, counseling and conducting hearings. The scope of responsibility involves work on complex assignments with little supervision. Employees in this classification can be expected to exercise considerable discretion and independent judgment in handling the cases to which they are assigned. These employees can also expect to have contact with all levels of staff and public. In the course of their work, employees in this classification are expected to work in an adversarial environment and to effectively advocate for the Department of Revenue. These employees can also expect some travel. Assignments are generally received from the Managing Counsel or above though some assignments may be self-generated in response to work situations.

This description may not include all of the duties, knowledge, skills, or abilities associated with this classification.


Job Duties:

Public and Staff Relations

Develop and maintain positive relationships with the public and fellow workers in order to advance Department goals and minimize negative feedback.

Meet with Managing Counsel, General Counsel and other members of management and staff to inform them of legal issues, problems, progress and projects.

Adhere to all laws, rules and policies in order to demonstrate support of government, administrative systems and appropriate leadership qualities.

Research, Investigations and Hearings

Demonstrate advanced ability to research, compile and interpret applicable laws, rules, policies and procedures.

Exhibit advanced familiarity and understanding of legal principles and their application within the employee's area of practice.

Demonstrate advanced working knowledge of procedural requirements in the applicable administrative or judicial forum.

Demonstrate ability to communicate verbally and in written form applicable legal information.

Interviewstaff, public and other state agency personnel in order to gather, verify, or discover information.

Communicate with staff or public in order to provide legal advice or counsel.

Appear in court, conduct hearings and try cases in order to advocate the Department's position. Conduct negotiations in order to obtain settlement.

Review and analyze trial transcripts, legal files and law in order to prepare legal briefs. Manage cases in order to meet all required filing and hearing deadlines.

Analyze fiscal notes in order to determine statutory and budget impact and impact on Department functions.

Information and Correspondence

Compose memoranda, motions and final decisions in order to provide information and prepare for processing.

Explain laws, statutes, policies and procedures to public or staff in order to answer questions and help solve problems.

Read laws and statutes in order to stay abreast of law and statute changes. Compose correspondence in order to relay or obtain information.

Write procedures in order to assist staff in performing assigned responsibilities.


Key Skills:

(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers. When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

L.L.B. or J.D. degree or equivalent first degree in law, from a law school approved by the Section of Legal Education.

Currently licensed to practice law in Missouri as a recognized member of the Missouri Bar Association. Certificate of Admission or Good Standing as issued from the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Two years trial and appellate experience to include experience drafting motions, briefs, and other pleadings.


Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of state driving while intoxicated law, tax law, or bankruptcy law, basic accounting principles and trial advocacy as normally acquired through law courses or continuing education in the above areas.

Trial and appellate practice and government-related legal experience.


(Revised 09/1/08)