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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 424B
Category: Legal Services


This is the journey, working, or occupational level of the series. Positions independently represent the department’s interest in adjudicative or other legal proceedings. Positions may also serve as legal advisors to program staff.

Typical Work

Conducts an ongoing review of case law, laws and regulations governing establishment and collection of child support or debts due the state;

Represents the department's interest in adjudicative proceedings regarding the establishment and collection of financial, health care, day care and special child-rearing expenses from parents, interpretation of superior court orders, distribution of child support payments, termination of support enforcement services, compliance of third parties regarding collection and enforcement orders, and other proceedings relating to the establishment and collection of child support;

Negotiates with private attorneys, other representatives, or the appellant directly prior to adjudicative proceedings with authority to settle the matter;

Assembles documentation and appears as the department's representative/witness before an Administrative Law Judge;

Drafts and prepares legal documents including subpoenas, motions memorandums, briefs, appeals, and response to appeals for adjudicative proceedings;

Advises and recommends to support enforcement officers, financial recovery officers, and other personnel proper procedures according to federal and state statutory, administrative, and judicial laws regarding the administration of the support enforcement program or debts due the state in connection with public assistance;

Explains the federal and state statutes and regulations, department policies, and fee schedules, if any, to applicants, service recipients, attorneys, and other interested persons;

Reviews and may approve proposed court orders for compliance with laws regarding support or debts due the state and related matters;

Prepares creditors' claims and other legal documents for claims against estates in probate and bankruptcy; may act as administrator in decedent's estate in cooperation with, the Office of the Attorney General;

Analyzes and comments on proposed statutes, administrative codes, and department policies when requested; proposes needed changes in current laws, regulations, or policies;

Cooperates and works closely with the Office of the Attorney General in matters regarding statutory representation of the department;

Cooperates and works closely with prosecuting attorneys in paternity matters and the prosecution of claims against non-supporting parents;

Provides training to recovery offices or field office staff regarding new laws and procedures and in difficult areas of support enforcement and/or debt recovery;

Provides legal advice to district administrators, support enforcement program administrators, and other members of the department;

Establishes guidelines to determine responsibility/ability to pay for cost of care in departmental institutional facilities; advises staff of available legal remedies to pursue recovery of care costs;
Conducts an ongoing review of laws and regulations governing the recovery of cost of care in state institutional facilities; assembles documentation and appears as a witness at administrative and judicial hearings;

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

There are legal requirements to have current admission to practice law in the state of Washington.

Desirable Qualifications

Current admission to practice law in the state of Washington and two years of experience as a Hearings Examiner, Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Prosecutor, Judge, or other relevant experience in support enforcement, domestic relations, debt recovery, or other related program.

Class Specification History

New class: 12-3-71
Revised definition and minimum qualifications, general revision: 6-21-73
Revised definition and general revision: 1-16-76
Revised definition: 6-10-77
Revised definition and minimum qualifications, title change (formerly Support Enforcement, District Supervisor), : 6-15-80
Revised definition: 3-3-86 (special Board meeting)
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications, and general revision: 6-9-89
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 11-14-92, effective 12-1-91