Denver, Colorado

Posted Date

April 5, 2024

Contact Information

Karen Masciulli

Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Civil Litigation and Employment Law Section is seeking a talented, enthusiastic, and experienced attorney to represent the State of Colorado in state and federal court. This position offers an exciting opportunity to handle a caseload which primarily involves complex civil rights litigation and associated constitutional claims, habeas petitions, civil appeals and advice matters for state agencies. This position is best suited for an attorney who is interested in the intersection of criminal justice and federal civil rights law, and who excels at independently researching and writing about unique legal issues while engaging collaboratively as a part of a team with other attorneys and staff.

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In this role you will represent the Colorado Department of Corrections and you will have the opportunity to litigate claims brought pursuant to the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Unit’s cases also involve claims brought under statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, habeas corpus petitions, and judicial review of agency rulings. Attorneys may also provide general legal advice to client agencies on a broad variety of topics including policy issues and subpoena or open records requests.

If you enjoy all aspects of litigation, including motions practice, brief writing, oral argument, discovery, preparing witnesses for hearing and trial, trying cases in both state and federal court, and briefing and arguing appeals before the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, this is the role for you! We are looking for candidates who are great writers and thinkers and who can manage their own federal and state cases with minimal supervision. We are also looking for people who enjoy being part of a fun, light-hearted team that cares deeply about their service to the State of Colorado. People in this unit are successful because they enjoy their autonomy, but thrive in a collaborative environment where people work together to help each other succeed.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple attorney positions in the Department of Law, Corrections Unit.


To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

Further, we are seeking candidates that have at least some, if not many, of the following skills and experiences.

  • At least five years of legal experience preferred.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills, including some experience drafting and filing briefs in federal court, and/or strong trial work in state or federal court. .
  • Prior experience as a state or federal judicial law clerk.
  • Interest and/or experience with 42 U.S.C. § 1983 cases, C.R.C.P. 106 cases, constitutional law, administrative law, and federal and state appeals is preferred.
  • Broad range of litigation experience.
  • Ability to be self-directed and manage one’s own caseload from pleading stage through trial and appeal.
  • Good problem-solving skills and the confidence to know when to ask questions.
  • Interest in and/or commitment to public service and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Application Process

Applicants must establish an account with and complete the online applications including the Contact Information section. Applicants are not required to complete the Work Experience, Education, or Additional Information sections of the online application.

Applicants must provide 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in the position 2) a resume; 3) a writing sample and 4) three professional references. Use the “Attachments” feature of the online application to add documents.

The Department of Law is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Julie Christopher, at or call 720-508-6511.

For general information regarding this position and other attorney opportunities at our office, please contact Karen Masciulli, Director of Legal Talent, at