The Office of the County Counsel is the general counsel for the County of Santa Clara, including the Board of Supervisors and all County departments and agencies, as well as certain other public entities. The Office provides all the day-to-day legal services expected from any in-house attorney, including advice and counsel regarding how to navigate emerging areas of law, civil litigation for the County, and negotiation and drafting of contracts and other legal documents. The Office's attorneys work in a wide array of practice areas, including civil litigation, labor and employment, health and hospital, law and justice, child welfare, probate/conservatorship, workers' compensation, general government advice and transactions, real property and public works, civil and code enforcement, and social justice and impact litigation. As public law attorneys, our work covers a wide array of policy matters that significantly affect the health, safety, and well-being of the County's 1.9 million residents.
The Office of the County Counsel is currently recruiting for Senior Paralegals and Legal Secretaries (Legal Administrative Assistants) to work as partners with attorneys and other paralegals and legal assistants. We offer a friendly, professional environment and the opportunity to work in a public law office doing work which has an impact on the community and the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.
Legal Secretary I - County Counsel and Legal Secretary II - County Counsel
Legal Secretaries in the Office of the County Counsel may work in several legal practice areas. Legal Secretaries will: assist attorneys in preparing for hearings in state and federal court, as well as other state and federal administrative agencies; prepare legal correspondence, memoranda, and pleadings; file, research, and track legal papers with state, federal, and appellate courts; abstract information from files; manage attorneys' calendars and files; keep attorneys aware of scheduled events and approaching deadlines; and communicate by phone and email with clients, maintaining a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism at all times.
Applicants may also be considered for Legal Secretary I and Legal Secretary II positions that are designated as Confidential and receive five-percent (5%) premium pay. Positions are designated Confidential to support the County Counsel's Labor and Employment Team, whose attorneys are involved in contract negotiations with various employee bargaining units, personnel and union grievances, employee discipline, arbitrations, and other personnel matters involving union members. Confidential Employees are not represented by SEIU Local 521. A Confidential Legal Secretary may also be assigned to assist the Office's executive management attorneys.
Senior Paralegal - County Counsel
Senior Paralegals in the Office of the County Counsel assist in preparation of cases for trial, prepare legal documents, interview clients, and perform legal research and writing. The senior level performs the most complex and/or difficult of the paraprofessional legal duties: drafting and preparing a variety of legal documents, correspondence, and reports that are complex and require a great amount of original writing; maintaining responsibility for highly specialized and complex assignments requiring a high level of independence including the organization of documents used in civil litigation; and performing advanced legal research.
The County of Santa Clara is an Equal Opportunity Employer