Child Support Services (“CSS”)
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”), Child and Family Protection Division/Child Support Services Section (“CSS”) is seeking an Assistant Attorney General. At the AGO, you will join an agency-wide team comprised of veteran attorneys, retired judiciary members, and new lawyers. In CSS, you will work in a regional unit with the benefit of a statewide team, as you represent Arizona’s Title IV-D Child Support Agency to help secure financial support for children. The Title IV-D child support program functions both to reimburse public funds and to help increase parental involvement with their children, by way of financial support. As an Assistant Attorney General, you will be responsible for a caseload, and you will be provided initial and periodic training to ensure you are practicing at your highest level. With at least two full days of evidentiary hearings each week, you will gain courtroom experience, and you will learn to negotiate child support agreements with represented and unrepresented parents. This position is well suited for new and veteran attorneys seeking an interesting practice with a balanced schedule.
Why work for Child Support Services 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;
Please submit a cover letter, resume and a short writing sample with your application.
For more information contact Nadxiely Valerio at 602-542-9418 or Nadxiely.Valerio@azag.gov