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State of Montana Marijuana Expungement Standing Master in Helena, Montana

SPECIAL INFORMATION: * A criminal background check is required. * An employee new to the Judicial Branch will serve a one-year probationary period. * Applicants must be members in good standing with the Montana State Bar. * Applicants must submit a writing sample to demonstrate professional level legal work. * Statewide travel to conduct hearings will be required. Nature of Work: The successful applicant is responsible for implementing and overseeing the Marijuana Expungement Court created by the 2021 Legislature. The judge pro tempore will create the rules and processes to implement sections of HB701, which allow for expungement and resentencing in cases involving convictions related to marijuana possession and use.This is highly responsible professional and independent legal work. Work includes responsibility for hearing and ruling on expungement and resentencing petitions filed throughout the state. The position will research issues and write findings of fact, conclusions of law, and orders. The position may require the production of evidence, rule on the admissibility of evidence, put witnesses on oath and examine them, call the parties to the action and examine them on oath, and issue temporary orders. Work assignments are carried out with a substantial degree of discretion and independent judgment within the framework of state laws and rules of procedure. Essential Functions: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.) * Conducts expungement proceedings in marijuana-related cases which may involve contested case hearings. * Establishes court rules and docket management processes for the new court. * Performs legal research and writes findings of fact and conclusions of law. * Performs administrative work as required by the area of assignment. * Supervises one administrative support person. Working Conditions: Work is performed in an office or courtroom with extensive public contact. Work may involve exposure to potentially dangerous situations from unpredictable litigants or parties. Hearings will be conducted either remotely or in courtrooms throughout Montana. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. Work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, standing, bending, and carrying items under 25 pounds such as papers and files. Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Extensive knowledge of federal and state laws and court rulings as they pertain to criminal expungement and sentencing. Extensive knowledge of established precedents, and sources of legal reference. Extensive knowledge of court procedures, rules of evidence, and courtroom procedures. Ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems. Ability to prepare for hearings and hear difficult cases and present material clearly and logically in oral and written form. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to deal with pro se litigants. Ability to counsel persons on sensitive problems. Skill in the operation of a personal computer. Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited law school supplemented by extensive experience in the practice of law with emphasis in criminal law. Licensure and Certification Requirements: Possession of a current Certificate of Admission to the Bar of the State of Montana; eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Montana. Completion of required continuing legal education courses. Job: Legal* *Title: *Marijuana Expungement Standing Master Location: Helena Requisition ID: 21141445