Associate Counsel

  • State of Nevada
  • Carson City, Nevada
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time Legal Services

Job Description

Announcement Number: 2133630113

Kim Wallin, CPA, CPM, CFM,
Chair
Brian Duffrin,
Vice-Chair
STATE OF NEVADA
Tracy L. Chase, Esq.
Acting Executive Director
Commission on Ethics
UNCLASSIFIED JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Posted - March 3, 2021
Associate Counsel
Recruitment Open To:
This is an unclassified, exempt position and is an open competitive recruitment, open to
all qualified applicants. The position is an at-will position, which is appointed by and serves at the
pleasure of the Executive Director.
AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Nevada Commission on Ethics provides confidential advisory opinions to public
officers and employees and responds to complaints from the public alleging violations of the
Ethics in Government Law (NRS Chapter 281A) by public officers and public employees. The
Commission also engages in outreach and education to the entire State, providing its services to
all State entities as well as counties, cities and other political subdivisions throughout Nevada.
APPROXIMATE ANNUAL SALARY AND Benefits:
Up to $107,676 plus benefits.* (Salary range reflects retirement (PERS) contributions by both the
employee and employer. An employer paid contribution plan is also available with a reduced gross salary
at $93,938.) Please note that the position may be subject to furloughs instituted on all employees of the
State of Nevada.
The Commission on Ethics maintains a 4-day work week (Monday through Thursday) with ten-
hour workdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Position Location:
Carson City, Nevada. Up to 25% travel may be required. A valid driver's license or
evidence of equivalent mobility is required at the time of appointment and as a condition of
continued employment.
POSITION DESCRIPTION:
This position is primarily responsible for representing the Commission's Executive
Director. The Associate Counsel prepares legal recommendations regarding jurisdictional
determinations and investigations of ethics complaints, evaluates and presents evidence for
adjudicatory hearings, prepares legal motions, negotiates stipulated agreements and represents
the Executive Director in associated litigation. The Associate Counsel also supports the
Commission Counsel in certain other legal matters affecting the Commission, including drafting
advisory opinions concerning the applicability of the statutory ethical standards to Nevada's
public officers and employees and related litigation efforts. The position is further responsible
for assisting the Executive Director in providing outreach and education to Nevada's public

officers and employees through Ethics Law Presentations.

Education and Experience Required to Perform the Duties of the POSITION:
Graduation from an ABA accredited law school and active membership in the Nevada
State Bar Association. Must have experience with legal research, investigations, legal analysis
and memorandums, evidentiary standards and litigation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform the Job Functions:
Must possess superior legal research, writing, and oral presentation skills, must be flexible,
and must be well-organized and capable of working independently with minimal supervision or
support staff. Ability to investigate facts, analyze applicable laws and prepare related legal
memorandums. Must possess skills in effective written and verbal communication.

The Associate Counsel must be able independently to operate basic business machinery
and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Adobe, LexisNexis, general software
and internet use of a personal computer.

This position require licensure/certification:
Active license to practice law in the State of Nevada.

Statutes and Regulations Administered by this POSITION:
NRS and NAC Chapters 281A, 233B, 241 and 239.

Number and titles of staff that directly report to POSITION:
None

Number of indirect reports:
1 -Investigator.

Job Description:

ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION
1. Develop and analyze the scope and nature of investigations of Ethics Complaints.
2. Under direction of Executive Director, assign and review workload of Investigator related
to Ethics Complaints.
3. Assign various administrative tasks and legal research to Senior Legal Researcher and
Executive Assistant.

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
1. Assist Executive Director to provide outreach and education via training programs to
public officers and employees and media outreach.

COMMISSION CASES:
1. Requests for Advisory Opinions:
a. Assist Commission Counsel to develop and research facts and prepare draft
opinions, including interviewing requesters, researching relevant statutes,
regulations and Commission precedent and developing legal analysis.
b. Assist in drafting final opinions and abstract opinions.

2. Ethics complaints:
a. Prepare recommendations regarding jurisdiction to investigate ethics complaints.
b. Shape the scope and nature of investigations, including direction to Investigator.
c. Prepare reports to the Executive Director regarding recommendations to
Commission Review Panels for hearing determinations.
d. Negotiate and draft proposed deferral agreements and stipulated agreements.
e. Comply with scheduling orders, including discovery, drafting and/or responding to
motions, requesting subpoenas, developing witness and documentary evidence,
preparing pre-hearing statements and attending pre-hearing conferences.
f. Represent Executive Director in presenting evidence and arguments to Commission
during adjudicatory hearings.
g. Assist in drafting proposed opinions.

LITIGATION
Represents the Executive Director and/or assist Commission Counsel in litigation before
any local, state and federal courts, including legal research and drafting legal
memoranda., including, without limitation, judicial review and appellate proceedings.

TO APPLY:
Submit the following:
1) LETTER OF INTEREST
2) RESUME
3) SALARY REQUIREMENTS
4) ANY LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION; and
5) THREE PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES, including their names and daytime telephone
numbers, and a brief description of your relationship.

Submit to:

Tracy Chase, Esq.,
Acting Executive Director
Nevada Commission on Ethics

Via email (preferred method): tchase@ethics.nv.gov

Via U.S. mail or other delivery: 704 W. Nye Lane, Suite 204
Carson City, NV 89703

Via Fax: 775-687-1279

*In your cover letter please indicate how you heard about the position. If you heard about this
position through a website, please specify which website.

Applications - Open until filled and interviews may occur at any time.

The State of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Closing Date/Time: Until recruitment needs are satisfied

Job Address

Carson City, Nevada United States View Map