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Assistant Attorney General Posted Jul 25
Colorado Department of Law , Denver, CO
 
Find a rewarding career making a difference:
Join the Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law Team!

The Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law is the largest law firm in the State. The Attorney General is elected by popular vote of the statewide electorate and is the State's chief lawyer and law enforcement official.

Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman oversees the Department and manages a wide range of responsibilities, including:

Prosecuting and defending all civil and criminal actions in which the State has an interest, including on appeal
Defending the laws and the Constitution of the State of Colorado
Protecting consumers from scams and fraudulent activity
Serving as legal advisor to officers of the State of Colorado and defending them from legal challenge
Protecting and preserving Colorado’s natural resources
Advocating for policies that help law enforcement improve community safety
Investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud throughout the State
In addition to the challenging and impactful work being done at the Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law, there are many other benefits to joining the Attorney General’s team:

Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA’s Defined Benefit Plan or PERA’s Defined Contribution Plan, including 401K and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Paid life insurance
Short and long-term disability coverage
Paid vacation and sick leave earned each month
10 paid holidays per year
Free access to a fitness center located in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and understands that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. We encourage candidates with diverse qualities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

To learn more about our benefits visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.

Job Duties: This attorney will serve as a member of a team that provides general counsel advice and litigation services to the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is charged with protecting and managing some of Colorado’s most valuable resources: wildlife and wildlife habitat, a superb state parks system, and outdoor recreation opportunities for the state’s residents and visitors.

General counsel duties for this position involve advising Parks and Wildlife on a remarkably wide array of topics including wildlife law, regulation of hunting and fishing, management of game and nongame species, protection of wildlife habitat, management of state parks and state wildlife areas, license suspension hearings and appeals, Open Records Act requests, the state Administrative Procedures Act, and compliance with federal wildlife grant provisions and federal statutes, among others. Advising the agency will require legal research, drafting memoranda, working with agency staff and leadership, and responding on short notice to inquiries from the management team. The attorney will also engage in litigation on behalf of the Division or Commission as needed.

Special Note: This position requires a willingness to travel around the state occasionally to work with biologists, park managers, wildlife officers, and others. It also requires the attorney to acquire expertise in the extensive statutory and regulatory regime governing state agencies generally and Parks and Wildlife specifically, as well as a willingness to work cooperatively with other attorneys in the unit and a high tolerance for tackling new and unfamiliar issues on a regular basis.

Job Qualifications: Must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar, be in good standing with a minimum of four years of civil practice, ideally including experience in natural resources or administrative law. A background in law enforcement or criminal law experience is beneficial, and criminal law practice may be substituted for some of the required four years civil experience. The ideal candidate will also have experience litigating cases in state and federal court. In addition, candidates should have excellent analytical and communication skills, good judgement, good interpersonal skills, and confidence advising clients in public as well as private settings.

HOW TO APPLY
All final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to:

Patti Dubose, Office Manager
Colorado Department of Law
Natural Resources & Environment Section
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 7th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80203
Email: patti.dubose@coag.gov
Fax: 720-508-6039
Telephone: 720-508-6290

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