Division of State Counsel
Litigation Bureau – New York City
Assistant Attorney General
Reference No. LIT_NYC_AAG/LEPG_3527
Application Deadline is January 6, 2023
The Law Enforcement Practice Group (LEPG) of the Litigation Bureau in the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking experienced litigators to serve in the New York City office. The Litigation Bureau represents and defends the State of New York and its agencies, officials, and employees in federal and state courts in civil actions and proceedings involving civil rights, education, social services, public employment, public health, law enforcement, corrections, state finance, insurance, taxation, and other litigation matters arising out of state legislation, regulations, and operations.
The Bureau’s cases are often high profile, frequently present complex questions of constitutional law and statutory and regulatory interpretation, and generally have significant policy and financial implications for the State. The Bureau, one of the largest within the OAG, offers a diverse and stimulating litigation practice with attorneys handling all phases of litigation from inception through trial and having frequent opportunities to appear in court. This position provides an excellent opportunity for both experienced and newer attorneys to continue developing their litigation and trial skills.
Attorneys assigned to the LEPG primarily defend the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) and the New York State Police, and their officials and employees, in federal and state courts in civil actions involving constitutional and civil rights, as well as employment issues. Among other things, the LEPG handles a large number of federal civil rights actions brought against DOCCS involving prisoners’ rights, and against the State Police for false arrest, including class actions and complex litigation concerning challenges to important governmental programs and policies in the corrections and criminal justice fields. LEPG’s litigation addresses a wide range of issues, including first amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech, accommodation of mental and physical disabilities, and constitutional challenges to state statutes, regulations and policies. Attorneys handle all phases of litigation from inception through trial and have frequent opportunities to appear in court. The LEPG also has a very active docket of federal jury trials.
Suitable candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- At least three (3) years of post-graduate civil litigation experience in federal and New York state courts;
- Excellent legal analysis, legal writing and editing, and oral advocacy skills;
- Strong organizational, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills;
- Comfort with and proficiency using technology to complete legal work, including knowledge of and experience with various computer software programs and case management and electronic discovery platforms; and
- Prior complex litigation and trial experience are preferred, but not required.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. Prior admission to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York is preferred. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that OAG attorneys be citizens of the United States. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State through a wide variety of occupations. To learn more about Assistant Attorney General compensation, please click here. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. Additionally, the OAG offers a robust Workplace Flexibilities Program with multiple options for employees, including telecommuting (up to two days per week) and alternative work schedules.
Per Office of the Attorney General policy, confirmation of vaccination status is a condition of employment for this position. If you are not fully vaccinated, you may be required to provide regular negative COVID-19 PCR test results at a frequency determined by the agency. The agency will consider religious and reasonable accommodations. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are being received online. To apply, please visit our careers website: https://ag.ny.gov/job-postings To ensure consideration, applications must be received by close of business on January 6, 2023. Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
- Cover Letter
- You may address to Legal Recruitment.
- Indicate the position title and reference code LIT_NYC_AAG/LEPG_3527
- Indicate why are interested in this position and what makes you a strong candidate.
- Writing Samples
- Please provide at least two writing samples (trial court memoranda of law are preferred) that you believe best demonstrate your legal writing and analytical abilities.
- Please upload these as one document in the field that is provided
- List of three (3) references
- Only submit professional references, supervisory references are preferred.
- Indicate the nature and duration of your relationship to each reference.
- Include contact information and email addresses for each reference.
- Please note, your references will not be contacted until after you interview for the position.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at email@example.com or phone at 212-416-8080. For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov