Attorney III

Website County of Orange


The Office of Independent Review (OIR) acts as an independent resource and counsel for the County of Orange Board of Supervisors to monitor and provide oversight to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Probation Department, and the Social Services Agency, with a focus on identifying and addressing systemic issues. The OIR works to ensure that the County agencies within its jurisdiction conduct their work in a manner that serves the needs of the community and is in keeping with applicable laws and best practices.


The OIR seeks an impartial and knowledgeable attorney to serve as a Staff Attorney.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the position assists with re-establishing the OIR and plans and conducts reviews of relevant County departments.

Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing, organizing, and synthesizing a variety of data, including reviews of statistics, facility conditions, policies, and other relevant factors, in order to make recommendations designed to eliminate unnecessary uses of force, misconduct, public harm, and the County’s exposure to lawsuits
  • Assessing specific incidents occurring in relevant County agencies which may be the result of systemic issues
    Receiving, assessing, and responding to complaints regarding relevant County agencies
  • Analyzing and revising County policies and protocols to ensure adherence to federal, state, and local legal standards and best practices
  • Consulting with County officials, employees, community members, and other stakeholders to develop periodic recommendations for policy and procedural changes designed to improve the operations of relevant agencies and eliminate systemic areas of concern
  • Interacting with and interviewing members of the public and County employees
  • Drafting reports detailing the findings of investigations and related conclusions
  • Reporting to on-scene investigations of critical incidents, including uses of force by County employees or in-custody deaths
  • Developing and implementing new efforts to carry out the mission of the OIR.


An active membership in the State Bar of California is required. Members in good standing of California State Bar and have been assigned a license number but have inactive membership status are also welcome to apply. An active California State Bar membership must be attained by date of appointment.


The ideal candidate will possess at least three (3) or more years of experience as an attorney, with experience conducting investigations focused on systems, policies, and/or practices that extend beyond a single incident and a single individual and/or working in social services or in a prosecutor’s or public defender’s office.

In addition, the ideal candidate’s application will demonstrate extensive experience, knowledge, and ability in the following core competencies:

Technical Experience and Knowledge

  • Demonstrate experience in conducting complex investigations, authoring public reports, and conducting independent fact-gathering and analysis
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws that affect the performance and operations of law enforcement and social service agencies, as well as the work of public defenders and prosecutors
  • Understand how to use a variety of software programs and electronic technology
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Interpersonal Skills | Problem Solving

  • Understand how to accurately identify relevant issues related to risk and liability, their causes, and relevant solutions
  • Demonstrate exceptional judgment and discretion
  • Exhibit departmental and County perspective in dealing with various issues

Strategic Thinking | Analytical

  • Make sound and timely decisions based on ethical principles and limited, complex, or contradicting information
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in a politically sensitive environment
  • Ability to be flexible and successfully juggle competing priorities

Effective Communication

  • Demonstrate exceptional interviewing, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to gather, understand, interpret, analyze, and effectively communicate complex information to County employees and the public
  • Present ideas and complex material clearly, concisely, logically and persuasively, both orally and in writing

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