Charleston, West Virginia

Posted Date

September 28, 2022

Contact Information

Lori Sovel
lori.t.sovel@wvago.gov

Assistant Attorney General/ Civil Rights Division: The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office seeks a full-time attorney for its Civil Rights Division.

The Civil Rights Division (CRD) is primarily responsible for representing the West Virginia Human Rights Commission in administrative hearings and Circuit Courts throughout the state, as well as on appeal and for extraordinary writs. The Civil Rights Division attorneys are charged with prosecuting cases when the Human Rights Commission (HRC) determines there is probable cause an individual, business, or governmental agency has violated West Virginia’s Human Rights Act, the West Virginia Fair Housing Act, or the West Virginia Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act.

The Civil Rights Division attorneys represent the Human Rights Commission in honoring its duty to eliminate unlawful discriminatory practices when individuals are denied an equal opportunity for employment, public accommodations, or housing accommodations based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, blindness, disability, or familial status.

To fulfill these obligations, the Civil Rights Division works to identify, investigate, and eliminate unlawful discriminatory practices that interfere with citizens’ equal opportunity for employment, public accommodations, or housing. In doing so, the Civil Rights Division pursues equitable relief and civil penalties to eliminate unlawful discriminatory practices and promote freedom and equality of opportunity for the citizens of West Virginia.

Additionally, the Civil Rights Division attorneys provide legal counsel and services to the Foster Care Ombudsman in administrative proceedings, Circuit Court cases, and matters pending before the Intermediate Court of Appeals and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The Civil Rights Division also has representatives on the West Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force and the West Virginia Commission on Holocaust Education.

Applicants must be organized, flexible, detail-oriented, capable of operating independently with minimal supervision, interested in acquiring new skills to assume greater responsibilities, and have a minimum of three (3) years of litigation experience. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to make strategic decisions regarding case development, as well as strong analytical skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment. Candidates with prior civil rights, prosecutorial, or employment law experience are preferred. Ideal applicants will have at least five (5) years of litigation experience, or substantial administrative hearing or trial experience that preferably includes the investigation and prosecution of violations of law, as well as experience in state and/or federal courts in West Virginia.

Successful candidates will have knowledge of statutes, court opinions, legislative rules, and procedural rules, excellent written and oral communication skills, and be able to conduct hearings before courts of law and quasi-judicial tribunals on behalf of the agency. Experience in employment law, housing or public accommodation issues is helpful, but not required. The attorney may be asked to take on other duties as needed.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Providing legal advice regarding and litigating statewide investigations of unlawful discriminatory practices in the areas of employment, public accommodations, and housing;
  • Conducting legal research and discovery and performing all other legal functions necessary for effective case development to ensure the best possible chance for a successful prosecution;
  • Providing expert legal counsel on complex issues involving federal and state law, rules and regulations;
  • Preparing and editing all documents in accordance with deadlines set by supervisors, colleagues, and the Court resulting in documents that are free of technical errors and properly formatted;
  • Pursuing civil remedies where civil recovery is appropriate by repayment request or demand letter;
  • Providing legal advice to HRC Investigators regarding investigations;
  • Providing advice and counsel to the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission and the Commission on regulation, policy, procedure and other matters;
  • Providing support to the Director; and
  • On behalf of the Office of the Attorney General, participate in other projects and activities to promote and protect human rights.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), and preferred salary range to jobs@wvago.gov with “Civil Rights Attorney” in the subject line.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), and preferred salary range to jobs@wvago.gov with “Civil Rights Attorney” in the subject line.