Division of State Counsel
Litigation Bureau – New York City
Assistant Attorney General – Mental Health Agencies Section
Reference No. LIT_NYC_AAG/MHA_3475
Application Deadline is July 15, 2022
The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking experienced litigators to serve as Assistant Attorneys General in the Mental Health Agencies (MHA) Section of the OAG’s New York City Litigation Bureau. 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 offers a diverse and stimulating litigation practice where attorneys have the opportunity to handle their own cases during all phases of litigation from inception through trial and have frequent opportunities to appear in court.
Attorneys assigned to the Mental Health Agencies Section primarily represent the New York State Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The Section’s attorneys are generalists who handle a wide variety of cases and substantive issues in state and federal court actions involving, among other things, class actions and complex litigation challenging important policies, practices, and programs concerning the care and treatment of individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and addictions to substances, as well as employment and civil rights issues. In addition, the attorneys in the Mental Health Agencies Section represent the Office of Mental Health in involuntary civil commitment proceedings under the Mental Hygiene Law as well as retention hearings under the Criminal Procedure Law. The Section’s cases present a myriad of questions on constitutional law and statutory/regulatory interpretation, including matters of first impression, and generally have significant financial and policy implications for the State. This role offers a unique balance of both independent and collaborative work, wherein attorneys generally manage their own cases, including development of case strategy and drafting briefs and making arguments, while at the same time being supported by a team of litigators that prioritizes cooperation, professional development, and teamwork. This position provides an excellent opportunity for both experienced and newer attorneys to continue developing their litigation and trial skills.
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. 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.
OAG employees serve more than 20 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.
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 will be required to provide weekly negative COVID-19 PCR test results. The agency will consider religious and reasonable accommodations. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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 July 15, 2022.
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 (Assistant Attorney General, LIT_NYC_AAG/MHA_3475).
- Indicate why you are interested in this position and what makes you the best 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov