The Arizona Attorney General’s Office State Government Division/Education & Health Section is seeking an Assistant Attorney General. This position may be eligible for Remote Work two days a week.
Attorneys in the Health Unit represent the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) in administrative hearings, settlement conferences, and litigation matters at every level of state and federal court; provide written and verbal legal advice; review contracts and proposed administrative rules and policies; and provide other legal services as needed. ADHS is the agency that is responsible for the Arizona State Lab, the Arizona State Hospital (ASH), the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC).
The predominant practice area for this position will be civil mental health commitments. The attorney in this position will be required to appear in superior court and conduct bench hearings that rely on a battle of the experts.
This attorney will have primary responsibility for representing the State in litigation matters pertaining to the civil commitment of sexually violent persons (SVP); representing and advising the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC) and its SVP Program in all legal matters (including informal settlement conferences and civil litigation); assisting with advice and representation for the Arizona State Hospital; and providing backup on hearings and legal matters pertaining to the Arizona State Hospital and civil and forensic mental health commitments.
In addition to these main responsibilities, and as time permits, it is anticipated that this attorney will represent ADHS in other litigation and administrative matters as they arise and provide advice and other legal services to additional ADHS programs.
Knowledge of civil litigation practice;
Knowledge of relevant legal authority, including court decisions, statutes, rules, and court rules/procedures regarding civil procedure and evidence;
Knowledge regarding the drafting of legally sufficient pleadings, motions, and other related documents;
Knowledge of administrative law, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the state legislative process;
Knowledge of state open meetings law and public records law;
Knowledge of state procurement law;
Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers and public employees.
Skill in analyzing and solving legal issues with minimal supervision;
Skill in legal research and legal writing;
Skill in the preparation of correspondence, memos, and pleadings with minimal supervision;
Skill in effectively communicating with clients, supervisor, co-workers, opposing counsel, and the public;
Skill in presenting and persuading administrative and judicial decision-makers through various stages of representation.
Ability to identify, research, and solve legal issues and problems with minimal supervision;
Ability to prepare correspondence, memos, discovery, and pleadings with minimal supervision;
Ability to effectively communicate with clients, supervisor, co-workers, opposing counsel, and the public;
Ability to effectively use skills of subordinate staff;
Ability to display courteous and professional behavior;
Ability to appropriately apply professional ethics rules in daily practice;
Ability to exercise good judgment when making decisions and providing legal advice to clients;
Ability to travel within and outside Arizona, including overnight stays;
Ability to handle a high volume of work and stressful situations.
The ideal candidate will have experience conducting trials or evidentiary hearings, working with expert witnesses, and arguing before the court. Two to five years of experience is preferred.
• 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.