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Washington State Assistant Attorney General - Regional Services Division in Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington

Description Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application and/or interview process. may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. For those who are hearing impaired and need assistance, please contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com All employees and volunteers of the Washington State Attorney General's Office serve a crucial role in the protection of the state, its people and resources, thereby providing an incomparable degree of job satisfaction. The AGO is composed of diverse, collegial and supremely talented legal professionals who are resolute in their commitment to public service and share the common goal of advancing the public interest. For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO. The position is located in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Vancouver has a population of about 165,000 people, and is Washington's fourth largest city. Vancouver is also part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Combining amenities of a smaller city with access to more urban opportunities, Vancouver has much to offer. There are two public school districts in Vancouver, and many more in nearby areas. Vancouver also offers excellent access to outdoor activities, including the nearby Cascade mountain range, downhill skiing on Mt. Hood, beach access in both Washington and Oregon, and great regional bicycling, walking, and running paths. * * * * * * * * * * * * The Washington State Attorney General's Office is looking for an attorney to serve in its *_Regional Services Division in Vancouver_, WA. This attorney will work in a high volume litigation practice entailing frequent state court docket and trial appearances. * Duties All attorneys in this division may be assigned to a wide variety of clients according to the needs of the client agencies and the office, as well as the skills, experiences, and professional development needs of attorneys. Client agencies served by this division in this location include Department of Children Youth and Families, Department of Labor and Industries, Department of Licensing, Employment Security Department, Clark College, and Lower Columbia College, Washington State Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth and Washington School for the Deaf, Washington State School for the Blind, and Educational Service District 112. The willingness to be assigned to any of these client agencies is expected of all attorneys in this division. Based upon this combination of client agencies, work for Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs) in the Vancouver section can vary widely. Primary caseloads for this position will involve representation of the Department of Children Youth and Families. *For representation of the Department of Children Youth and Families, the assigned AAG can expect to: * Evaluate evidence to determine legal sufficiency to support court intervention; * Review relevant petitions and other documents; * Consult with social workers and other agency employees; * Submit and respond to discovery; * Prepare witnesses and evidence for hearing or trial; * Review reports submitted to the court; * Perform research and analysis; * Submit relevant briefing to the court; * Communicate frequently with other attorneys and guardians ad litem to resolve issues related to underlying cases; * Consider settlement options; and * Take all other actions related to these matters. The position offers an opportunity to quickly develop significant opportunities to exercise independent judgment within the context of a large law office striving to provide consistent representation to client agencies in locations throughout the state. Qualifications In addition to meeting the requirements to serve as an Assistant Attorney General, the preferred qualifications to serve in this position include: * * *The ability to quickly adapt to a practice that involves assignment of 80 or more cases at a time, and the ability to shift from one type of work to another during a given week or day; * The ability to communicate with a variety of client agency representatives efficiently and effectively, as well as with attorney and non-attorney colleagues within the office; * The ability to exercise independent judgment within the context of a large law office striving to provide consistent representation to client agencies in locations throughout the state; * At least two years of litigation experience and significant experience representing clients in court on motions and in bench trials; * Experience handling other aspects of a litigation practice, including propounding and responding to discovery, appellate work, and review of petitions and complaints initiating legal action; * Interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for contributing to the collegial and respectful nature of the work unit; and * Demonstrated ability to independently manage time, to identify and prioritize tasks necessary to complete, and to maintain a well-organized practice under significant case load demands. Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people. We feel it is important to share our return to work plans as you consider joining our team. This position is located in the city advertised; however currently all staff, whose duties permit, are teleworking. The AGO is planning to re-open its offices for visitors and staff beginning Sept 13, 2021. Additionally, a draft policy is being reviewed for possible adoption that will require all staff to be vaccinated as a qualifying fitness for duty. Staff precluded from vaccinations due to medical conditions and/or sincerely held religious beliefs will have opportunity to engage with Human Resources to explore reasonable accommodation. Applicants or candidates being considered for employment _shall not_ share their vaccination status with hiring managers or interview panels. Supplemental Information This Assistant Attorney General position is represented by the Association of Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) / Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. AAG salaries start at $69,396. Ultimately, AAG salaries are set in accordance with the AWAAG CBA. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued. Interested applicants must apply by hitting the "apply" button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system, preferably as PDFs: * A letter of interest; * Resume; * Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and * Writing sample. If you have questions about this position and/or wish to learn more about it before applying, we encourage and welcome you to contact Section Chief Jennifer Mankowski Dixon at (360) 759-2113 or via email at Jennifer.MankowskiDixon@atg.wa.gov. The deadline to apply is August 3, 2021. * * * * * * * * * * * * *Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO. * *The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, *_disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com._ *Salary: Depends on Qualifications Location: Clark County – Vancouver, WA Job Type: Exempt Department: Attorney General's Office Job Number: 2021-07424 Closing: 8/3/2021 11:59 PM Pacific Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov