Raleigh, North Carolina

Posted Date

March 13, 2023

Contact Information

Lisa Sasser

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit
The Environmental Division (“Division”) is located within the Legal Services Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Office. The Division represents multiple clients in multiple areas of law. The Division provides legal representation to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), its component divisions, and the various commissions to which DEQ provides staff support.

The Section handles most personnel and collections matters from DEQ and also administers the Attorney General’s Environmental Enhancement Grants Program. Representation includes all aspects of administrative and civil litigation, legal advice in non-litigation matters, and legal advice to the citizen commissions, as assigned, including as it relates to rulemaking issues. The Section also prepares and argues criminal appellate cases, responds to inquiries and requests for legal assistance from the General Assembly, the Governor, and other public officials, and responds to public inquiries.


Primary Purpose of the Position
* Primary responsibility for an advanced level of legal work, representing and advising the above-referenced entities regarding their enabling legislation, the Open Meetings law, the Public Records Act, and the State Ethics Act and handles the complex cases that arise under the jurisdiction of these commissions.
* Primary legal contact for the chairperson and members of the represented commissions, and the work is complementary to that of the other attorneys in the Commissions, Coastal and Administrative Section, who represent commissions and handle complex environmental litigation matters, as well as other attorneys in the Environmental Division.
* Primary legal contact for the Division of Water Resources, Water Planning Section staff on matters related to water allocation and interbasin transfers.
* Performs advanced legal work in the above-referenced areas, and the advanced nature of the work is continuous and complex.
* This position will also represent the Division of Coastal Management in permit challenges, as needed
*This position will be assigned personnel cases, as needed.


Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.