The Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is currently seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Attorney General. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a government in political union with the United States of America consisting of several islands in the Pacific Ocean located north of Guam, including the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. With a population of approximately 45,000 people, Saipan offers both a close-knit community and the professional opportunities of a capital city. The Commonwealth judiciary consists of five Superior Court judges and a Supreme Court consisting of three justices. The U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands has one justice and one magistrate, and appeals are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Represent government agencies in all in-house legal matters including contract review, administrative hearings, government procurement, and litigation;
- Draft legal memoranda, opinions, and regulations;
- Draft motions, pleadings, and other legal documents in civil litigation matters and appear on behalf of the government of the Commonwealth and/or executive branch agencies;
- Perform such acts as may be incidental to the exercise of the functions, powers, and duties set forth in the Commonwealth Constitution and statutes; and
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Applicants must either be admitted to practice before a state or territorial bar association and in good standing, making him or her eligible for up to eight years of temporary admission to the Commonwealth Bar as a government attorney, or pass the CNMI Bar examination. Applicants must demonstrate a dedication to serving as a civil servant and a commitment to developing the case preparation, research, and courtroom skills necessary for civil litigation and agency representation. Working knowledge of the rules of federal rules of civil procedure, especially in the areas of motion practice and discovery, is essential. Familiarity with constitutional law, administrative hearing procedures, and government procurement is preferable. Applicants must possess strong academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate excellent writing and advocacy skills, and have a proven record of creative thinking and working effectively in a team environment.