Position Summary: Assist General Counsel to ensure CLA operates in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. Assist Secretary in corporate governance functions. Manage outside counsel representing CLA in litigation. Assist General Counsel in working with CLA departments and committees on issues of concern to industry members, including preparing comments on proposed government action and petitioning the government to take policy actions that CLA and its members support.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
o Review and update Corporate Documents (Bylaws, Conditions of Membership, and Position Papers) as necessary. o Prepare, review and update contracts, agreements, MOUs, etc. o Prepare resolutions for the Association at the direction of the General Counsel. o Provide legal advice to the CropLife Foundation, particularly regarding antitrust and standard-setting. o Monitor IP, Trademark Rights and Document Retention Policy. o Prepare minutes for CLA Board of Director meetings.
Regulatory and Litigation Responsibilities
o Manage outside counsel on litigation matters, under supervision of General Counsel. o Participate in setting agendas for law committee meetings, participate in law committee meetings and present at the meetings as appropriate. o Advise CLA’s Legislative, Regulatory and Communication departments and committees on proposed and existing laws and regulations and litigation activities. o Assist General Counsel in supervision of department staff and assign tasks as needed and appropriate. o Supervise work of interns.
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required.
Ability to read and understand complex legal documents, regulations, and trial documents, and as necessary to interpret these to others as they apply to various situations.
Continual attention to detail in composing, preparing and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
Ability to write briefs, legal opinions, resolutions, and correspondence.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Understanding of corporate governance, especially in an association or not-for-profit setting.
Strong organizational skills, time management skills and the ability to multi-task are essential.
Education, Work Experience and/or Licensure
Law degree from an ABA accredited law school.
5+ years of professional experience, preferably litigation, regulatory and/or antitrust (law firm, non-profit, or government).
Must be a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or a member in good standing of another U.S. State Bar and be eligible to waive into the District of Columbia Bar.
Must have strong command of the English language.
The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of his/her job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to sit for long periods of time, stand, travel up and down stairs, crouch, stoop and reach.
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
The work environment characteristics listed here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The position requires considerable concentration and creativity. It is subject to stress caused by a changing environment, tight deadlines and workload.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
Travel required for this position is low to moderate.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.
Established in 1933, CropLife America represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States. CropLife America’s member companies produce, sell and distribute virtually all the crop protection and biotechnology products used by American farmers.