Organization

Maine Attorney General's Office
Augusta, Maine

Posted Date

July 15, 2022

Contact Information

Thomas Knowlton
thomas.a.knowlton@maine.gov

The Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) has an anticipated opening for an Assistant Attorney General within the Litigation Division in the Augusta Office. This position represents the Department of Corrections (“DOC”) in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, provides day-to-day advice to DOC, and conducts trainings for DOC staff on corrections law. The types of cases include, but are not limited to, Rule 80C appeals, primarily of disciplinary decisions regarding prison residents, tort claims, and civil rights actions. The civil rights actions cover a wide range of subjects, such as use of force, conditions of confinement, use of segregation, medical and mental health care, religious practice, and failure-to-protect claims.

Responsibilities

The duties of this position include the defense of lawsuits brought against DOC and its employees, including both motion practice and trial defense in both state and federal courts; the defense of prison residents’ Maine Human Rights Commission complaints alleging disability discrimination; legal representation of DOC in seeking involuntary medication orders with respect to prison residents with mental illness; reviewing and responding to subpoenas and court orders served on DOC staff, especially as they relate to the disclosure of information about DOC prison residents and probationers; assisting OAG Criminal Division attorneys with petitions for post-conviction review and habeas corpus actions to the extent issues arise concerning DOC; assisting OAG DHHS Division attorneys obtain information and/or witnesses related to child protective cases involving a parent who is a prison resident; legal review of DOC rules; providing legal advice to DOC on such matters as legislation, contracts, sentence calculation, DOC policies, facilities, and probation practices, grievances brought by prison residents, and responses to unusual events; and providing trainings on legal issues for DOC staff, including the Academy’s corrections law training for new DOC corrections officers, training on law enforcement powers for adult and juvenile probation officers, and training for facility staff, especially disciplinary hearing officers and grievance officers.

Qualifications

Applicants must be members of the Maine Bar in good standing or eligible to become a member of the bar in a reasonable amount of time, have an eye for legal detail, be interested in complex state and federal litigation, have strong legal advocacy and writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to function effectively as part of a team. One to three years of legal practice with demonstrated proficiency in civil litigation and/or corrections law and litigation is preferred.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this position, prepare a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the position and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Please include a resume, writing sample, three references, a copy of your Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar certification and complete the online application . The Office of the Attorney General is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to electronic transmission malfunctions. Job offer to new hire is conditional upon verification of credentials, check of criminal record and driver’s license, and status of professional license requirements, if applicable. Please direct all questions to Deputy Attorney General Thomas Knowlton or you may call 207-626-8800.