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Assistant General Counsel

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Job Description Summary
The Assistant General Counsel is an exempt, full-time Administrative position reporting to the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel.

Support the legal department’s transactional practice by reviewing a high volume of agreements for the institution efficiently and pragmatically. Provide high level legal research, writing and analytical support to the University’s Vice President and General Counsel and institution on a wide variety of legal matters. Provide consultation to campus clients on a wide variety of legal issues but primarily in the areas of copyright, intellectual property, sponsored research, federal contracting, compliance and other matters. Draft and review a wide variety of contracts, affiliation agreements and other transactional documents. Advise clients on recommended changes and draft language consistent with the University’s position. Work in interdisciplinary groups on a wide variety of higher education issues. Provide training to the campus on legal issues. Conduct legal research of state and federal legislation, laws, administrative and court decisions; conduct analysis and make recommendations on matters assigned by the University’s General Counsel. Assist in drafting legal analyses of a wide variety of university issues. Contribute to the development of University policies. Assist in litigation support and oversight of litigated matters. Coordinate Discovery requests. Review and revise pleading papers. Assist the General Counsel and outside counsel with case strategy and evaluating legal claims. Monitor case status. Occasionally act as a management advocate in administrative proceedings. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
J.D. from ABA-accredited school with superior academic achievement and member in good standing of the California State Bar.

3 – 5 years of experience practicing as a member of the bar with strong skills in one or more of the areas of practice within scope of job duties.

Experience reviewing and revising contracts, affiliation agreements, leases and other transactional documents.

Outstanding legal writing and research experience gained from substantial practice of law.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and evaluate data, assess alternatives and formulate logical and sound recommendations.

Excellent planning and organizational skills to prioritize multiple projects under pressure and shifting demands, and to meet critical deadlines. Ability to work efficiently is required.

Advanced analytical, problem solving and counseling skills.

Proven ability to understand and handle political and practical ramifications of recommendations and act with tact and diplomacy.

Experience working in a culturally diverse environment.

Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with diverse individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside of the University.

Demonstrated effective oral and written communications skills.

Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality.

Strong commitment to teamwork and customer service.

Demonstrated skill in using software applications including spreadsheet, word processing, and database applications, preferably of Microsoft Office Suite software.

Knowledge of statistical methods and techniques.

Desired Qualifications
Experience in advising and drafting in at least one of the following areas—intellectual property, sponsored research, government contracting—is strongly preferred.

In-depth knowledge of institutional structures, policies, regulations, and procedures in higher education.

Strongly prefer legal or management level work experience in higher education or nonprofit environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants
The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.