Denver, Colorado

Posted Date

January 26, 2024

Contact Information

Daisy Zepeda
daisy.zepeda@coag.gov

The Special Prosecutions unit of the Criminal Justice section is seeking an attorney to join its dynamic and collaborative legal team. This position offers the opportunity to take on complex and challenging cases in a variety of areas of law around the state of Colorado. Ideal candidates for this position are experienced attorneys comfortable across a spectrum of special prosecutions, including persons and economic crimes. This role will be particularly focused on violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), and will serve as one of the unit’s primary attorneys tasked with the prosecution of organized retail crime matters. If you are looking for a fulfilling, community focused role within a great team, apply today!

WHO WE ARE
The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together. Visit our website to learn more: https://coag.gov/.

Supplemental Information

WHY WORK FOR US

We Embrace Flexibility
We aim to produce outstanding work product for our clients, be efficient with our time, and support each other as team members – which also means we embrace flexible working arrangements when and where possible.

We Are Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At the DOL, our commitment to DEI is thriving. We know that we are better together when our differences are valued and everyone is inspired and empowered to contribute. As such, we strive to provide a safe environment where individuals feel valued and respected for who they are; demonstrate a behavior and mindset where differences are welcomed, and individuals are treated equally and empowered to do their best work; and promote growth and innovation through a diverse workforce. We empower an active Diversity Equity & Inclusion Impact Team that creates approaches to ensure safe spaces and a culture supportive of people being their authentic selves, hosts events and programs on DEI areas important to our employees, enables development and sustainability of resource groups that give a voice to historically marginalized populations, focuses on retaining our incredible talent, and more!  If your professional goals include promoting growth and innovation with colleagues who recognize that we are better together when our differences are valued and respected, then DOL is your place to be!

We Have Strong Core Values
Our core values drive our actions. At the Department of Law, we are: 1) principled, maintaining the highest ethical standards, rigorous legal analysis, and careful evaluation of facts; 2) public servants, who are always ensuring our work is not about us, but instead is about the people of Colorado; 3) innovative, by seeking to identify the best approach, make deliberate decisions, and look to improve; and 4) “better together,” by working to support each other and collaborate.

We are Committed to Developing our Attorneys
We are deeply invested in our talent and regularly provide meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth through training and coaching. Further, our professional development and performance goal setting process is collaborative and ongoing, and aimed at helping our attorneys grow and succeed.

We Offer Excellent Benefits
In addition to competitive medical and dental health plans, employer-paid life insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, and vacation and sick leave earned each month, there are many other unique benefits that we offer, including:

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness: a borrower may qualify for forgiveness by making 120 on-time payments while employed full-time in public service, if they have certain kinds of federal loans in a qualifying repayment plan
  • Free access to a recently renovated on-site fitness center
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program
  • Employer-paid mental health and counseling services through Colorado State Employee Assistance Program
  • Employer-paid annual attorney registration dues
  • Employer-provided access to professional development training and CLE through PLI, Department of Law University and other entities.

Responsibilities

WHAT YOU WILL DO
This attorney is a part of the Special Prosecutions Unit within the Criminal Justice Section. The position primarily advises and assists local district attorneys and investigators in the investigation and prosecution of complex, multi-jurisdictional felony offenses. Litigation may include state grand jury investigations, charging decisions, drafting indictments and other pleadings, pre-trial motions work, discovery, voir dire, trial, and post-trial. Frequent overnight travel within the State of Colorado will be required.

All prosecutions in which the team participates involve extensive legal research and pre-trial motions work, much of which is performed by the team attorney assigned to the case. The attorney must possess exceptional analytical abilities and the proven writing skills necessary to provide superior support in motions practice. In addition, the attorney must possess strong and proven litigation skills, enabling them to consult and/or participate in all aspects of the prosecution, including discovery, depositions, hearings and all phases of the prosecution of complex felony offenses. This expertise should include mastery of the unique issues involved in conducting voir dire, trial, and managing the jury instructions. In addition to litigation skills, effective, empathetic, and ongoing communication with local prosecutors/law enforcement is essential for success.

Particularly, this position will be required to handle complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), and will serve as one of the unit’s primary attorneys tasked with the prosecution of organized retail crime matters.

This recruitment may be used to fill more than one Assistant Attorney General position in the Department of Law.

Salary note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

 

Attorneys with less than 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General I (AAG I). The salary range for an AAG I is $83,292-$92,400/annually.

Attorneys with more than 3 years of experience practicing as an attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General II (AAG II). The AAG II salary range is $96,420-$120,000/annually.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado at time of hire, or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates not yet bared in Colorado will be considered based on their experience and Practice Pending Admission status.

The ideal candidate for this position should have trial litigation experience and should be comfortable overseeing assigned cases from intake through trial.

In addition, ideal candidates will demonstrate most of the following preferred qualifications:

  • Exceptional litigation, analysis, and writing, along with consultative and persuasive communication skills
  • A working knowledge of the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as the laws of arrest, search and seizure and procedures for acquisition of evidence or determination of identity are also essential.
  • Experience working with or familiarity of the statewide grand jury process to investigate and charge cases will also be required of the attorney selected for this position.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
  • Trial litigation experience managing complex homicide and persons crimes cases, preferably at the felony level.
  • Interest or background in working with rural, non-metropolitan, law enforcement is preferred.

Candidates with a background or demonstrated interest in prosecuting Homicides, Human/Sex Trafficking and/or complex Narcotics Trafficking, including Opioid cases, Illicit Marijuana Cultivation and Distribution cases, as well as matters involving Tax/Election Fraud and Money Laundering, will be strongly considered.  Interest or background in working with rural, non-metropolitan, law enforcement is preferred.

Note: This position will be required to travel frequently, and may include overnight travel within the State of Colorado.

Conditions of Employment 

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • The Special Prosecutions Unit functions on a hybrid work model. Employees are expected to work in-office at least 3 days a week. Additional flexibility may be considered for employees who have demonstrated their contribution and commitment to the team.
  • State-wide travel is expected, including trips which may require long distance driving. A valid drivers license is required.

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must establish an account with governmentjobs.com 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 and if applicable, your specific experience with special prosecutions; 2) a resume; 3) a writing sample, preferably a pleading or motion from a criminal case, and 4) three professional references. Use the “Attachments” feature of the online application to add documents.

Apply and see full job details at Colorado Jobs.

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 Julie.Christopher@coag.gov or call 720-508-6511 .