Oregon Attorney General's Office
Portland or Salem, Oregon

Posted Date

November 24, 2021


Trial Division

Contact Information

Mistie Slauson

Criminal and Collateral Remedies Section

The Trial Division is seeking an outstanding lawyer to join the Criminal and Collateral Remedies Section.  The section is responsible for representing the State’s interest in state post-conviction relief cases and federal habeas corpus cases when persons convicted of crimes raise claims that the arrest, trial, conviction, or sentencing violated state or federal law.  The position that is currently open is focused on post-conviction relief cases filed in state court. These cases involve an intersection of civil and criminal litigation: the cases themselves are civil, but the underlying criminal litigation is at the core of each case.  Attorneys in the section develop trial strategy and coordinate all phases of discovery and trial preparation and present the State’s position in these proceedings.  As time permits, an attorney may also represent the State in hearings before the Psychiatric Security Review Board.

This position is responsible for handling a high-intensity caseload, including extensive pleading and motion practice, as well as finding and interviewing expert and lay witnesses, handling depositions, supervising discovery, and working collaboratively with District Attorney offices and other divisions of government.  The Division is seeking a lawyer with a background in relevant areas of either civil or criminal litigation, and ideally will have trial or arbitration experience. The position will be based in either Salem or Portland, although our lawyers are working from home during the pandemic.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Lynn Larsen, Attorney-in-Charge of the CCR Section, at (503) 947-4700, (503) 378-5938 (TTY), or


  • Active membership in good standing with the Oregon State Bar on the effective date of appointment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people from a variety of disciplines.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral advocacy, and writing skills.

  • Strong work ethic and commitment to public service.

  • Comfort working on cases where exposure to graphic criminal evidence is common and cannot be avoided.

  • Experience as an attorney in civil or criminal practice.

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

Applicants most closely matching the requirements and needs of the position will be invited to interview.

Application Process

Application Process

This OAJA-represented position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or Senior Assistant Attorney General level, salary range $7,374-$14,260 per month, depending primarily on years of legal practice experience and other factors.

About the Organization

Working for the Department of Justice

Assistant Attorneys General, on behalf of the Attorney General, represent the State of Oregon and state-elected and appointed officials, agencies, boards and commissions in most civil and many criminal proceedings.  The Department offers a broad range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues that face our state and make a difference to the citizens of Oregon while providing unparalleled career satisfaction and professional prospects.

Conduct Expectations 

The role of the Oregon Department of Justice is to provide justice and uphold the rule of law. Employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department.

The Department of Justice

The Mission of the Oregon Department of Justice is to serve state government and to support safe and healthy communities throughout Oregon by providing essential justice services. Its over 1,300 employees in nine divisions, including over 300 lawyers, are dedicated to the rule of law and serving the people of Oregon and its government.  

The Attorney General and our nine divisions are dedicated to:

  • Providing ethical, independent and high quality legal services to state government;

  • Safeguarding consumers from fraud and unfair business practices;

  • Fighting crime and helping crime victims;

  • Advocating for vulnerable children;

  • Supporting families through the collection of child support;

  • Enforcing environmental protections;

  • Defending the civil rights of all Oregonians;

  • Pursuing justice and upholding the rule of law.


Diversity is a core value of the Department of Justice and the department’s Trial Division.  We are working to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment.  Every employee expands our diversity through varied experiences and perspectives, and by contributing to the range of ways to understand and communicate with one another, identify challenges, and work cooperatively. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.

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Oregon Department of Justice
1162 Court St NE
Salem OR, 97301

Phone: (503) 947-4328
Fax: (503) 373-0367