Dover, Delaware

Posted Date

March 12, 2024

Contact Information

Tara P. Scarborough

Delaware’s Attorney General, the State’s chief law enforcement officer, has a broad responsibility to combat crime, uphold civil rights, safeguard families, fight fraud, and protect consumers in the First State. In meeting this mission, Attorney General Kathy Jennings is supported by teams of talented lawyers and staff in the Criminal, Civil, Family, Fraud and Consumer Protection, and Civil Rights & Public Trust Divisions. Each of the more than 500 staff who work in the Office of the Attorney General are dedicated to serving all Delawareans with integrity and passion. Deputy Attorneys General, with critical support from criminal special investigators, victim service specialists, paraprofessionals, and administrative staff, prosecute criminal cases, enforce consumer laws, provide counsel to state agencies, ensure the public’s access to open government, protect the abused, and much more.

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Civil Division, Public Safety Unit, seeks a Deputy Attorney General (“DAG”) to serve as general legal counsel to the Department of Correction (“DOC”), which includes its Commissioner and four Bureaus:  Prisons, Community Corrections, Healthcare, and Administrative Services.  This position will primarily advise the Bureaus of Community Corrections, Healthcare, and Administrative Services.

The DOC provides an office for this DAG in its administration building in Dover, Delaware.  The successful candidate may also maintain an office at the Department of Justice in in the Wilmington or Dover, Delaware.


This DAG will work collaboratively with a second DOC DAG to advise DOC on correctional legal issues, including compliance with constitutional, statutory, and regulatory obligations, and professional guidelines and standards, to draft correspondence and pleadings related to sentence modification, medical care, programming, and good time calculations, to draft, review, and negotiate contracts, policies, and legislation, to offer agency training on emerging legal issues, to respond to subpoenas and FOIA requests, to advise on labor and human relations issues, to litigate significant civil and criminal matters, and to serve as a liaison to outside counsel.

The DAG will also have other duties related to the Public Safety Unit, including to represent the Criminal Justice Council (CJC) and Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program (“VCAP”), assisting with Delaware State Police trial boards and Merit Employee Relations Board hearings, and handling additional assignments as directed by the State Solicitor, Deputy State Solicitor, Unit Head, or Assistant Unit Head.


Membership in Delaware Bar is required.  Experience with correctional and criminal law, legislative drafting, procurement, and contract/settlement compliance monitoring is preferred but not mandatory.  While this is primarily a general counsel position, litigation experience is also desirable.
The applicant should have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to identify and address operational issues in order to minimize or avoid future legal action, the ability to research accurately and effectively, the ability to work closely with DOC officials, other criminal and civil DAGs, support staff, and court personnel, and the ability and desire to learn and apply relevant laws and court rules.

Application Process

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