The Arizona Attorney General’s Office State Government Division/Public Law Section is seeking an Assistant Attorney General. This position may be eligible for Remote Work two days a week.
This Assistant Attorney General position provides legal counsel for the State Government Division (SGD)/Public Law Section (PLS). PLS attorneys serve in the role of general or in-house counsel representing a wide range of state agencies, boards, and commissions. We are a collegial team looking for an attorney who enjoys working in diverse practice areas in the field of public law. This attorney is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to PLS client agencies as assigned. The attorney's duties include preparing pleadings, presenting arguments and evidence at hearings in federal, state, and administrative tribunals and handling any associated appeals; providing advice and counsel on a variety of public law issues; legal research; reviewing contracts; and handling contract disputes and procurement matters.
In addition, the attorney will provide independent legal advice to boards and commissions throughout SGD that require assistance from an attorney other than their regularly assigned counsel. Most often the need for independent legal advice arises when the board conducts a hearing or considers a recommended decision in a case in which their regularly assigned attorney has or will be representing the board. The attorney will also assist the lead Assistant Attorney General who reviews and makes recommendations concerning rules packages submitted to the Attorney General for approval.
Knowledge and understanding of applicable Arizona statutes, federal laws, and the rules and regulations of state and federal courts.
Knowledge of legal techniques, the basic concepts of American Jurisprudence, and of the formats utilized in the preparation of legal documents.
Comprehensive knowledge of and ability to apply general legal principals and the ability to grasp new areas of law in a timely and efficient manner.
Knowledge of the scope and character of overlapping Arizona statutory law and Arizona constitutional provisions, trial and administrative hearing procedures and rules of evidence.
Skill in legal and factual issue analysis, legal research, legal writing, oral presentation and negotiation.
Ability to understand statutory and case law construction and provide an explanation of those constructs to non-attorney directors and staff of client agencies.
Ability to perform demanding legal research involving complex questions of law.
Ability to analyze difficult and complex legal issues and to apply legal principles and precedents.
Ability to present statements of fact, law and argument involving multiple parties clearly and logically in written and oral form.
Ability to make presentations to non-attorney audiences on legal and administrative matters.
Abilities include effective and situation-appropriate interpersonal communication, good judgment, high ethical and professional standards.
Ability to function well under a high volume of work, time constraints and stressful situations.
Litigation experience; background in government or corporate work is helpful.
• Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
• 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). Candidate must have an active Arizona State Bar license.
• Attorney applicants are required to submit a writing sample with their resume/application profile.
The writing sample should contain an analysis of some substantive legal issue and provide insight concerning your ability to think and to explain and advocate for a particular position.
• All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken in to account.
The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the AG’s Human Resources Office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov. The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.
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State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.