Multiple cities, Washington

Posted Date

March 19, 2024

Contact Information

Tienney Milnor
Tienney.Milnor@atg.wa.gov

The Bob Keppel Criminal Justice Division has an exciting and rewarding opportunity in its downtown Seattle or Spokane office for two attorneys interested in investigating and prosecuting crime in Washington either on our Financial Crimes Team or in our Criminal Litigation Unit!

CRJ prosecutes all manner of crime such as homicide cases in smaller counties, sexual assault cases, child predatory cases, public corruption and police accountability cases, and white-collar crimes such as tax fraud, general fraud, organized retail crime and wage theft. The Financial Crimes Team focuses on investigations and prosecutions of a wide variety of cases including wage theft, tax fraud, identify theft, complex fraud, elder fraud and crimes committed by government employees and public officials. The Criminal Litigation Unit prosecutes all manner of violent and financial crime.  We seek two attorneys with significant litigation experience to combat fraud and prosecute crime in Washington.

Responsibilities

The selected candidate will work closely with senior AGO investigators, as well as state agencies and state, local, and federal law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute crime in Washington. While a focus of these positions is often prosecuting financial crimes, the selected candidate should be proficient in prosecuting a full range of crimes.  

The Attorney General’s Office receives criminal referrals from any of Washington’s 39 county prosecuting attorneys or the governor. The selected candidate will work in downtown Seattle or Spokane, but travel around the state for court hearings, investigations and trial preparation as necessary.

Qualifications

In addition to meeting the qualifications to serve as an Assistant Attorney General, preferred candidates will also possess:

  • At least three years of criminal trial experience;
  • Exceptional legal research, writing and oral advocacy skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills that promote a collegial, inclusive and respectful workplace;
  • Demonstrated good judgment when exercising discretion in criminal cases;
  • The ability to work independently and in a variety of settings;
  • Commitment to public service and justice for victims of crime; and
  • Admission to practice law in Washington state courts.

The selected candidate is proficient in:

  • Handling all phases of criminal prosecution from investigation to trial;
  • Negotiating plea agreements under Washington’s sentencing guidelines;
  • Drafting pleadings and other written communications to courts, opposing counsel, law enforcement and others; and
  • Representing the State in appellate matters before the Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court.

To serve as an Assistant Attorney General, one 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. (Applicants who meet the other stated qualifications and are actively pursuing admission by motion will also be considered.) 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 protecting the rights of its people.

Application Process

All applicants must submit their materials by clicking the application link here or by going to www.careers.wa.gov, filter by department (Attorney General’s Office) and select “Assistant Attorney General – Criminal Justice Division, Seattle/Spokane.”

In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system and 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 welcome and encourage you to contact the Major Economic Crimes Unit Section Chief, Tienney Milnor, at (206) 389-2006 or Tienney.Milnor@atg.wa.gov.

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If making a difference in these ways appeals to you, we invite you to explore opportunities by registering for the Office’s attorney E-Mail Subscription and visiting the site which will hold all attorney and law clerk opportunities at careers.wa.gov.

The Office appreciates the benefits of a healthy life-work balance as well as a respectful, inclusive and diverse workplace. Successful candidates will join an Office in which every person is committed to providing exceptional legal services and where individual professional development is encouraged and supported. The exceptional benefits of joining the AGO include:

  • A competitive benefit package that includes affordable medical plan options, dental benefits and retirement plans
  • Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Military and Civil Leave and Paid Holidays
  • Transparent salary schedule – AAG salaries are set between $74,520 and $139,572.  The exact amount is set in accordance with Appendix B of the AWAAG CBA 
  • The AGO will pay the general bar dues of someone who begins their assignment on or before January 31st per Article 10.8 of the AWAAG CBA 
  • Flex schedules and telecommuting options
  • A formal AAG mentoring program that complements the AGO’s inherently collegial and supportive environment
  • Health and wellness program
  • Training and career development program that is recognized for its excellence and efficacy by AGOs nationwide