SAINT PAUL, Minnesota

Posted Date

February 24, 2022

Contact Information

June Walsh
ag.jobs@ag.state.mn.us

Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 02/18/2022

Closing Date: 03/07/2022

S1 Salary Range: $30.80 – $47.82/hourly; $64,310 – $99,848/annually

S2 Salary Range: $37.90 – $56.02/hourly; $79,135 – $116,969/annually

S3 Salary Range: $42.64 – $68.93/hourly; $89,032 – $143,925/annually

 

Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison—one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and 2022 Top Workplace USA—has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.

 

The Office seeks an attorney to join its Administrative Law Division. The lawyer’s primary caseload will involve representing the Department of Commerce in cases before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). This includes representing the Department in contested case proceedings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and at PUC meetings. These cases often relate to establishing gas and electric utility rates, but also include other energy- and telecom-related matters. The lawyer may also work on other cases for the division, which represents a wide variety of agencies and boards both in general litigation and in licensing-enforcement matters. This includes work for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Secretary of State, non-health licensing boards, and other boards, councils, and commissions.

 

Attorneys are responsible for all phases of administrative actions and civil litigation, including working with and advising the client, preparing and filing pleadings and briefs, appearing at hearings, engaging in negotiations and settlement conferences, trying cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and in district court, and handling appeals. While most work occurs in St. Paul, occasional travel throughout Minnesota may be required.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
  • Licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • An interest in handling energy- and telecom related cases before administrative tribunals and occasionally in courts
  • An interest in handling other litigation and administrative matters before administrative tribunals and state and federal district and appellate courts
  • Ability to litigate independently and collaboratively and to make strategic decisions as lead counsel on a diverse caseload
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
  • Ability to contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
  • Proven ability to work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment

 

To be considered at the Staff Attorney 2 (S2) level applicants must have 5 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.

To be considered at the Staff Attorney 3 (S3) level applicants must have 10 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-3 years of direct civil litigation experience

 

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

 

Public service with this office may qualify applicants to have part of their student loans forgiven under a federal student loan forgiveness program for state government employees. (Visit https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more information.)

 

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

 

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2022.

  1. Go to mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 53102
  3. Please ensure to include a writing sample (up to five pages) within the cover letter.

Contact

If you have questions, contact Sarah Spence-Koivisto at sarah.spence-koivisto@ag.state.mn.us or 651/757-1050.

Responsibilities

The lawyer’s primary caseload will involve representing the Department of Commerce in cases before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). This includes representing the Department in contested case proceedings before the Office of Administrative Hearings and at PUC meetings. These cases often relate to establishing gas and electric utility rates, but also include other energy- and telecom-related matters. The lawyer may also work on other cases for the division, which represents a wide variety of agencies and boards both in general litigation and in licensing-enforcement matters. This includes work for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Secretary of State, non-health licensing boards, and other boards, councils, and commissions.

Attorneys are responsible for all phases of administrative actions and civil litigation, including working with and advising the client, preparing and filing pleadings and briefs, appearing at hearings, engaging in negotiations and settlement conferences, trying cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and in district court, and handling appeals. While most work occurs in St. Paul, occasional travel throughout Minnesota may be required.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
  • Licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • An interest in handling energy- and telecom related cases before administrative tribunals and occasionally in courts
  • An interest in handling other litigation and administrative matters before administrative tribunals and state and federal district and appellate courts
  • Ability to litigate independently and collaboratively and to make strategic decisions as lead counsel on a diverse caseload
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
  • Ability to contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
  • Proven ability to work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-3 years of direct civil litigation experience

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2022.

  1. Go to mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 53102
  3. Please ensure to include a writing sample (up to five pages) within the cover letter.