Environmental Attorney at State of South Carolina

State of South Carolina


Mid Level

Columbia, SC, USA


09 Sep → 09 Oct

Job Description

Are you looking for a change from your competitive and high stress work environment? Are you tired of measuring your work by the billable hour? Are you seeking work-life balance?

Consider joining the DHEC Office of General Counsel ("OGC"), where you will have the opportunity to work in a collaborative and supportive environment where people come first and we encourage a healthy work-life balance. At DHEC, you will do meaningful work contributing to our mission of improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians through proactive and innovative solutions that protect and promote the health of the public and the environment.

OGC is seeking a highly qualified and experienced attorney to join its environmental practice group and assist the Chief Counsel for Environmental Affairs (EA) with a wide range of important environmental matters. The attorney is expected to be a self-starter that will act independently to identify issues, understand and interpret the facts, conduct a legal and risk analysis, and provide recommendations for resolution.

Job Responsibilities

  • Act as a backup to the Chief Counsel for EA and the senior attorney overseeing work product of other lawyers on the EA team;
  • Serve as lead counsel on special task forces/committees;
  • Provide legal representation, both independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, to the Bureau of Air, Bureau of Environmental Health, Bureau of Land and Waste Management, and the Bureau of Water (“DHEC Environmental Bureaus”);
  • Represent the DHEC Environmental Bureaus in meetings and negotiations and in responding to inquiries from the public, the regulated community, and opposing legal counsel;
  • Represents the DHEC Environmental Bureaus before the DHEC Board and in litigation before the Administrative Law Court and other state and federal courts. Representation includes but is not limited to: drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and other litigation documents; conducting and responding to discovery requests; taking and defending depositions; managing exhibits; preparing witnesses; presenting oral arguments; conducting trials; and settling actions;
  • Provide accurate, constructive, thorough, and timely legal advice and counsel to program directors, administrators, and staff; and
  • Assists in the development of agency regulations, standard operating procedures, and policy documents as needed.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • A juris doctor degree or its equivalent from an accredited law school and experience as a practicing attorney.

  • Agency Additional Requirements: To qualify for this position, you must be an active member in good standing with the South Carolina Bar and have at least seven (7) years of' progressively responsible experience as a practicing attorney. You must have completed the trial experiences required by Rule 403 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules.

  • A strong working knowledge of the laws of South Carolina, with the ability to interpret and apply federal and state laws, regulations and judicial decisions;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain legal issues in simple, direct and easily understandable terms;

  • Strong organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently;

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment and interact professionally and collaboratively with all levels of internal staff, courts, opposing counsel, government agencies, entities and the public;

  • Strong legal research and writing skills, with the ability to conduct legal research and draft legal opinions and memoranda; and

  • A commitment to professionalism, ethics and public service.

Benefits/What We offer

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse, and Children

  • State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs

  • State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs

  • 15 days paid sick leave per year

  • Option to designate 10 days of earned paid sick leave per year as family sick leave

  • 13 paid state holidays

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