Legal - Counsel


May 01, 2023








Full-Time Hire



Starting Salary

$74,307 - $87,629


This position involves complex legal work focusing on procurement contracts, leases, and legislative affairs. The attorney in this role works closely with senior staff to manage the legal department’s core functions in the legislative arena. They also handle independent duties in the three specialty areas and may interact with various groups, including judicial officers, legislators, senior counsel, and outside organizations.

Primary Duties

  • Reviews and negotiates the terms and conditions of contracts for goods and services required by different departments. Prepares the terms of awarded contracts and represents the legal departments in procurement matters. Most of the work is centered around negotiating and documenting the terms of contracts in the IT arena. Collaborates with senior counsel to manage these responsibilities.
  • Assists with the leasing portfolio for the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts, AOPC, and various boards and agencies of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Works closely with senior counsel, justices, judges, executive directors, and administrators. Negotiates leases that comply with requirements and reviews leasing terms and conditions. Collaborates with leasing agents, property managers, and brokers to ensure proper compliance with deadlines and requirements.
  • Works with the procurement staff, responding to inquiries submitted by vendors of various goods and services regarding AOPC’S standard contractual terms and conditions.
  • Performs legal review of memorandums of understanding with other branches of government, including documents on security and maintenance at Unified Judicial System facilities such as the Pennsylvania Judicial Center.
  • Analyzes legal documents and makes recommendations that support best business practices, adhere to established policies and guidelines, and have solid legal standing.
  • Administers notices and advisories to president judges about election-day responsibilities and handles other election-related inquiries and matters when needed.
  • Assists the Director of Legislative Affairs with legal and logistical support in the execution of legislative strategies for the judiciary as a branch of government.
  • Assists the Director of Legislative Affairs in monitoring the legislative process, including reviewing and analyzing introduced legislation and identifying impacts on the judiciary, attending legislative committee hearings and meetings of interest, and when necessary, staffing meetings with legislators and legislative staff. Provides counsel on legislation impacting the judiciary, including written analysis and the crafting of responses to it.
  • Periodically provides staff support to special projects related to legislation and legislative relations.
  • Handles special legal and legislative-related projects as assigned.
  • Researches relevant areas of law and legislation using electronic and traditional research methods. Studies advance sheets, digests, newsletters, and legislative materials to keep apprised of relevant case law.
  • Assists counsel in the IT Section of the Legal Department, on an as-needed basis, on various projects, including but not limited to responding to legal issues related to one of the statewide applications supported by the IT Department and attendance of meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an ABA-approved school of law, admission to and in good standing before the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, PLUS
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work, with some experience in highly responsible and complex professional legal work.

Additional Requirements/Preferences

  • Skill in analyzing and drafting legal documents and proposed legislation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain professional working relationships.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, particularly regarding judicial administration.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check required.

Additional Information

  • Excellent benefits program including comprehensive, low-cost medical, dental, vision, and prescription plans for employees and eligible family members beginning on the first day of employment; 13 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days, and 12+ paid vacation days per year; salary increases; student loan forgiveness plan; employee assistance programs; and retirement plans.
  • Remote work may be available up to two days per week.
  • Free parking.

Unified Judicial System Hiring Policy

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