Inquest Program Attorney

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on May 11, 2022
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The King County Inquest Program is seeking two legal professionals to serve their communities in a groundbreaking initiative.  Inquest Program Attorneys facilitate fair, transparent and equitable inquest proceedings by providing support and counsel to presiding Inquest Administrators, working with all parties to ensure that that that their views are heard in a complete and timely manner, and preparing and presenting evidence at public inquest hearings.  Learn more about the Inquest Program here prior to applying - Inquest Program - King County.  
 Successful candidates will apply their knowledge of facilitation, legal practice fundamentals, complex evidence presentation and hearing procedure to facilitate an entire inquest proceeding, which includes preparing the inquest for presentation to a jury panel in accordance with laws and King County policy.
These two positions are fully-benefited, Term-Limited-Temporary assignments, lasting up to 3 years. This recruitment will also be used to create a pool for future Career Service (regular) and temporary positions pending program needs and budget approval. Special Duty assignment maybe offered for eligible King County employees.
 Please contact Sr. HR Generalist, Josh Isgur at with any questions regarding this opportunity.

Job Duties

  1. Assist presiding Inquest Administrators (IAs) as needed on multiple inquests.
  2. Review, organize and analyze all discovery for each assigned inquest. Propose methods to obtain further necessary discovery. Advise the IA and coordinate with those possessing such discovery so that the obtaining needed discovery does not delay the inquest. File petitions for compulsory discovery with Superior Court as authorized by applicable law if necessary. 
  3. Consult and advise the IA on the proper scope of individual inquests in determining what facts, policies, trainings and legal duties the jury will consider. 
  4. Consistent with that scope, propose evidence and witnesses to be presented to the jury. 
  5. Communicate IA proposals to the parties and ensure party input is received by the IA in a timely and complete manner. 
  6. Conduct meet and confer sessions with counsel for all parties to ensure an efficient process, ensure that relevant issues are resolved in a timely manner. 
  7. Manage case schedule to insure that final determinations are made with the benefit of party input.
  8. Propose and facilitate formal Pre-Hearing Conferences, designing agendas that ensure the IA will decide issues on which consensus cannot be reached in a timely and informed manner.
  9. Draft, review, and collaborate with the IA to prepare correspondence, Orders, Voir Dire questions, Jury Instructions, Interrogatories and related documents containing IA decisions and incorporating party input.
  10. Interpret all applicable legal authority including Constitutions, Charters, Laws, Administrative Codes and case law. Advise the IA on their effects and prepare and conduct inquest hearings within their requirements. 
  11. Locate, prepare and examine all witnesses called at inquest hearings, including experts in various fields (i.e. forensics, forensic ballistics, pathology, medical, etc.). 
  12. Prepare and perform the direct examination of each witness at the Inquest Hearing. 
  13. Communicate and effectively maintain positive work relationships with diverse peers, including IAs, attorneys appearing in and parties to the inquest, the Inquest Program Manager, county organizational units, communities, and agencies.
  14. Present facts and recommendations in a clear, concise, and logical manner both orally and in writing. 
  15. Work with Inquest Program Manager to ensure hearing exhibits and official documents are properly identified and maintained as part of the permanent record. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree is required for this position.  Additional required skills include:

  • Experience managing complex case-loads with extensive discovery and developing and maintaining appropriate records, logs and case files.
  • Experience presenting complex evidence in a complete, organized and trauma-informed manner.
  • Ability to present thorough and concise oral and written reports. 
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to working effectively in a team environment.
  • Strong commitment to Equity and Social Justice (ESJ), including working on personal cultural competency. 
  • Proficient in using an office productivity suite and virtual meeting and conferencing tools. The County uses Microsoft Office 365, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.
  • Well-developed human relations skill to gain trust while working with others in difficult situations.
  • Ability to organize, facilitate, and carry out complex court or administrative hearing process.
  • Ability to maintain order in hearings, remain fair and impartial with decisions, and to properly handle private and confidential communication.
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities, sensitive situations, and crisis situations and functioning well under time pressure.
  • Ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to perform other duties in support of a small team outside core job duties when needs arise.

Supplemental Information

Additional Requirements

  • Candidates must be a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association prior to an offer of employment.
  • Candidates must be able to work variable schedules and travel to hearing locations in Seattle and Kent, WA.

The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants.  A King County application is required. We highly encourage applicants to include a resume and letter of interest with your submission.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Josh Isgur, at

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with required onsite work and meetings as needed to support Inquest Program proceedings.  
Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

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"True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Classification - Strategic Planning Manager I
This position is not represented by a Union

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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