Assistant Attorney General – State Agency Counsel

State of Utah

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Assistant Attorney General – State Agency Counsel

The State Agency Counsel Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office has immediate openings to represent various agencies of the state. These positions will be responsible for assisting the agencies in transactional work and litigation including acting as counsel in administrative and court proceedings, providing contract and policy review, preparation of legal opinions, monitoring of litigation, and interfacing with the clients on a regular basis. Work will vary depending on the client agency.

Applicants must possess excellent written and oral advocacy skills. Experience with agency representation is preferred. Membership in the Utah State Bar in good standing is required. The positions are located in Salt Lake City with possible travel to agency locations in Salt Lake County.

Example of Duties

Prepares cases by conducting legal research and gathering evidence.
Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.
Determine needs in discovery, and/or completes discovery; participates in decision making and strategy sessions in preparing cases for court and determining evidence to be used.
Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, discovery, motions, documents and/or other written materials.
Receives, researches and responds to incoming questions; provides information, explains considerations, and/or facilitates a resolution.
Represents the state and other governmental entities in lawsuits, grievances, and complaints.
Drafts litigation working documents; prepares documents consisting of concise decisions based upon facts of case interpretations of law and compliance with state and federal standards.
Conducts conferences with defendants and/or attorneys, negotiate settlements, and with court.
Conducts, or represents agency at, formal or informal hearings and trials.

Typical Qualifications

(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)
communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures
speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
legal processes and procedures
applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
civil and criminal justice laws
rules of ethics and civility
understand and apply case and statutory law
evaluate information against a set of standards
use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
laws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, the democratic political process, and legislative history
perform legal research using case law and appropriate techniques
laws governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act)
make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
provide consultation and/or expert advice or testimony
rules of evidence
interpret and apply legal decisions and identify current and emerging trends in interpretation
principles, theories, and practices of judicial or administrative law

Supplemental Information

A Juris Doctorate is required.
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
A conditional offer of employment will be made pending a satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
Active membership in the Utah State Bar.
Must be able to travel as required.
Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA 53-3-202(1)(a).

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