The Civil and Criminal Litigation and Advice Section (“CLA”) provides legal representation to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (“DES”) and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (“DCS”) on myriad subjects and issues. The positions we are seeking to fill involve some or all of the following:
- Analyzing complex and diverse legal issues, conducting associated research, and providing written and oral advice to DES and DCS on a wide variety of subjects
- Analyzing, applying, and advising the clients with regard to various federal regulations and state/federal statutes
- Drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda, forms and other legal documents
- Representing the clients in connection with administrative hearings, civil litigation, and other legal proceedings
- Prosecuting individuals who defraud the State through DES public benefits programs
- Representing the clients in employment law matters, including advising on various employment law issues, litigating disciplinary actions before the Personnel Board, and de-fending DES and DCS in EEOC proceedings
For newer attorneys, the position offers the op-opportunity to learn from more experienced attorneys in a collaborative setting while gaining experience representing clients in administrative hearings and other judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings. For more experienced attorneys, the position offers the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of diverse and challenging areas of law. For all attorneys, the position offers the opportunity for professional development and growth in an environment that is fast-paced, professional, and collegial. All positions are located in Phoenix. After a probationary period and with supervisor approval, a hybrid telework work environment may be available.
• 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