Arizona: Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma, Kingman, Prescott, Sierra Vista (Remote Options Available), Arizona

Posted Date

June 4, 2024

Contact Information

Nadxiely Valerio

Salary Range: $80,000-$120,000

Various positions available

The Protective Services Section (“PSS”) represents the Department of Child Safety in dependency cases in juvenile court. Attorneys can apply to be part of the litigation or appellate team. Dependency cases arise when the Department becomes involved with families due to child neglect and/or abuse in the home.
•PSS litigation attorneys appear in juvenile court alongside DCS case managers to initiate dependency cases, update the court on the families’ progress towards reunification, and litigate contested evidentiary hearings and bench trials.
•PSS appellate attorneys manage appeals by filing opening briefs, responsive briefs, arguing before the Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court, and providing research and advice on unique issues.
•We believe in a strong team-based approach to our practice, and provide ongoing training, mentorship and support to all of our attorneys and staff.
•We welcome applicants seeking an active litigation practice that achieves our client’s vision of protecting children, reunifying families, ensuring safe living environments and preventing unnecessary trauma.
•We welcome new and experienced attorneys.
•Positions are available statewide. After a probationary period and with supervisor approval, a hybrid telework work environment may be available.

Why work for Protective Services Section at the AGO?

  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Paid Leave
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year
  • Free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars to satisfy annual requirement
  • Opportunity for Remote Work (Telework)


Provides legal representation including advice and representation in complex cases in State and Federal court.
• Prepares legal documents, including but not limited to briefs, pleadings, and memoranda.
• Investigates; interviews clients; reviews documents and evidence; conducts legal research; conducts discovery; reviews and analyzes cases for trial; appears in court
• Responds to inquiries from law enforcement and the general public.
• Attends meeting and trainings as necessary.


  • Juris Doctor degree required
  • Arizona State Bar License required

The ideal candidate will have:

Knowledge and understanding of applicable statutes, case law and court rules;
• Knowledge of the practical factors that impact litigation decisions and goals, including plaintiff responses, opposing counsel strategies and judicial perspectives, and victim/witness considerations;
• Knowledge of financial considerations for the state;
• Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through lengthy and varied experience in legal practice, especially in complex litigation;
• Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers and public employees.
• Skill in persuasive oral and written communication pertaining to case presentation through various stages of representation, including litigation through trial and appeal if required;
• Prepare legal documents memoranda and correspondence efficiently;
• Skills include legal and factual issue
• Trial skills and negotiating skills.
• Skilled in interpersonal relationships as applied to interaction with court personnel, agency personnel, victims, and government agencies.
• Ability to identify issues, analyze and articulate legal arguments, assess evidence and communicate it to the client;
• Ability to effectively plan, organize, direct and monitor complex investigations/cases.
• Ability to coordinate activities with a variety of law enforcement agencies, governmental and non-governmental agencies.
• Ability to apply analytical and problem-solving methods to systems and programs.
• Ability to encourage teamwork through collaboration and communication.
• Ability to manage significant volume of high exposure cases;
• Ability to effectively utilize skills of subordinate staff;
• Ability to display courteous and professional behavior;
• Ability to appropriately apply professional ethical rules in daily practice;
• Ability to exercise good judgment in making strategic decisions in cases and in providing legal advice to clients;

Application Process

Apply at

Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume and 2 Writing Samples.

If you have questions regarding the position or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Nadxiely Valerio at 602-542-9418 or

For more information about the AGO, please visit our website: