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Job Specification



Under the direction of a Supervising Right of Way Research Analyst
 in the Department of Transportation, performs legal research in 
connection with right of way acquisition and prepares all documents 
pertaining thereto; does related work as required.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative 
purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not perform 
all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties 
performed on the job may not be listed.


Under supervision, prepares all legal documents pertaining to the 
acquisition of real property by means of condemnation, such as: 
complaints, lis pendens, declaration of taking, order for payment 
into court and for possession, order to show cause, and order for 
judgment and appointing commissioners.

In cases where a complaint requires an amendment, prepares notices 
of motion to amend the complaint, the amendment to the complaint, 
consent orders, stipulations, amended declarations of taking, amended 
lis pendens, order allowing amendment of the complaint.

In cases where settlement is reached by agreement, prepares an 
affidavit for withdrawal of funds on deposit with the Clerk of the Superior 
Court, together with an order allowing the withdrawal; when required, 
draw warrants to discharge a lis pendens of record.

Corresponds with attorneys and property owners when not represented 
by attorneys, in writing and discussion by telephone, or in person.

Effects liaison with the Title Bureau concerning title matters and with 
Department engineers concerning engineering matters.

Effects liaison with the Manager for coordination and documentation 
on sensitive cases.

Files legal documents with the court and with the County Clerk's office 
in the appropriate county.

Prepares all documents for an action in Specific Performance and 
prepares cases for trial as determined necessary by the Attorney 
General's office.

Prepares any and all necessary pleadings relating to possessory actions.

Transfers complete files to the Attorney General's office for litigation.

Prepares copies of complaints and related documents for service upon 
all parties and interests named in the complaint; transmits copies to the 
Title Bureau for service by Process Servers.

Works with the Office of the Attorney General in Department legal 
matters and prepares material for use in litigation in conjunction with 
the Office of the Attorney General.

Prepares and files affidavits of service.

Prepares publications for location of owners to be advertised in 
newspapers; prepares and files affidavits of inquiry into location 
of unknown owners.

Prepares correspondence.

Prepares clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative reports.

Maintains essential records, reports and files. 

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
office, or related units.



Graduation from an accredited law school. 


Four (4) years of professional experience in the preparation of 
documents pertaining to the acquisition of right of way, which 
shall have included study and experience in legal research.


Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee 
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.


Knowledge of the practices and procedures of Right of Way 
acquisition and of the Right of Way organization and highway 
work flow.

Knowledge of the sources, documents, methods, and procedures 
involved in the acquisition of real property by means of condemnation.

Knowledge of the methods and procedures for filing documents with 
courts and county clerks' offices.

Ability to organize and complete research and related projects 
concerned with the acquisition of real property.

Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret basic law, regulations, 
and procedures.

Ability to locate and brief court decisions, precedents, opinions, 
legal citations, and other legal material.

Ability to determine the compliance of Department procedures with 
those established by courts of law.

Ability to prepare material for hearings, reviews, determinations, 
and use in court.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships 
with those interested or involved with the work of the unit.

Ability to collect, interpret, and present information and data.

Ability to draft correspondence.

Ability to prepare clear, legally sound, accurate and informative 
reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Ability to maintain essential records and files.

Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording 
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign 
Language or braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of 

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they 
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it 
would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be 

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.