Are you ready to work for an exceptional state agency that works to protect the life, health and welfare of the employees in the State of Arizona? Apply with us! The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) is committed to the highest standards of compliance, demonstrating leadership in all areas, and teaching and working with employers and employees to make them successful. A thriving workforce in Arizona is what we strive for and work towards each day.
We are currently seeking a talented, versatile, and dedicated attorney to join our Administration Law Judge (ALJ) Division in Tucson, Arizona. Put your law degree and legal experience to good use by contributing to a noble mission: to protect the life, health, safety, and welfare of Arizona’s employees.
The ALJ Division is the administrative tribunal of the Industrial Commission. Its mission is to resolve all disputes coming before it efficiently and equitably, and has jurisdiction over disputes that arise under the Arizona Workers’ Compensation Act and the Arizona Minimum Wage Act. It is also authorized to resolve disputes referred from other State Agencies.
Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) function similar to Superior Court Judges in non-jury trials. This position is ideal for an experienced practitioner seeking a challenging legal work, with a reasonable work/life balance, in a collegial work environment.
This individual will be responsible to:
Preside over contested matters in administrative hearings, make credibility determinations, resolve medical conflicts, analyze complex legal issues, and apply statutory and decisional law in all relevant areas.
Perform adjudicatory duties including, but not limited to, scheduling and conducting hearings, ruling on motions, taking testimony, reviewing documentary evidence, and issuing written orders and decisions in all assigned cases.
Manage and oversee a judicial docket including scheduling conferences and hearings.
Perform other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, conducting mediations and ruling on matters where no hearing is required such as settlement agreements.
Apply principles of Arizona Management System in the performance of all duties.
Admission to, and good standing with, the Arizona State Bar is required (include on resume the date(s) of admission in Arizona and any other states). An active Arizona State Bar license is required.
Graduation from an accredited college of law.
AZ Driver’s License Required
In-State travel is required. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207 (12). Employees may be required to use their own transportation, as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.
Comprehensive knowledge of legal research methods, legal principles and their application.
Knowledge relating to Arizona Workers' Compensation and Minimum Wage.
Knowledge of Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure and administrative rules, policies and practices applicable to matters adjudicated before the Industrial Commission of Arizona.
Knowledge of current version of Microsoft Office.
Strong organizational, analytical, and managerial skills.
Process management skills including work flows and information management.
Strong leadership skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Legal research and writing skills.
Logic and analytical reasoning skills.
Time management and case management skills.
Computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook and WORD, database and view center systems.
Instructional training and presentation skills.
Analyze and resolve varied and complex legal matters and to apply applicable legal principles and make recommendations.
Establish goals and drive results.
Draft clear, concise and complete written decisions within statutorily mandated deadlines.
Communicate orally and in writing with diverse customers, including injured workers, lay witnesses, expert medical witnesses and attorneys.
Work cooperatively with colleagues and support staff.
Travel throughout Arizona for the purpose of conducting hearings.
Recognize and engage those with different backgrounds, characteristics, and perspectives to bridge gaps in understanding of differing viewpoints, as well as ensuring persons with diverse perspectives are given the opportunity to collaborate and provide input in the decision making process. To travel in-state and out-of-state.
Ideal candidates will have:
A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Workers' Compensation, employment law or related areas or experience.