Denver, Colorado

Posted Date

February 20, 2024

Contact Information

Daisy Zepeda

The Colorado Department of Law is seeking a First Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an experienced appellate practitioner to help lead a team of dedicated public servants and make a difference in the lives of the People of Colorado. The Office of the Attorney General offers the opportunity to be involved in challenging, interesting, and meaningful work in a collaborative environment supported by leadership committed to effective and innovative law enforcement.

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The First Assistant Attorney General (“First”) will be responsible for leading a team of attorneys and fellows with diverse backgrounds in criminal appellate practice. The First reports to the Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Appeals Section and participates in management and leadership teams for the Section and the Office as a whole.

The First facilitates the work and operations of the section, promoting collaboration,
engagement, integrity, and exceptional legal service. The First assigns and oversees cases to line attorneys, coordinates workflow, and carries an independent workload. The First also has management responsibilities which include coaching and evaluating the attorneys; reporting to senior management on legal, operational, and personnel matters; and furthering the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Department of Law.

Specific duties include:
• Handling a caseload which may include high profile or complex cases in the Section and supervising other staff performing the same;
• Coaching team members and helping them set goals for professional development;
• Serving as a frontline leader, including being responsible for employee performance
management activities;
• Assisting with review of motions practice in unassigned cases;
• Rigorously editing line attorneys’ briefs, petitions for rehearing/certiorari, and any other work product;
• Coordinating brainstorming and moot court sessions for line attorneys; and
• Working as part of a collaborative management team to lead with empathy, innovation, and a growth-mindset.


The successful candidate for this position will be someone who:
• Relishes the opportunity to work as part of a team and values the insights and
contributions from all team members;
• Has a demonstrated ability to lead with empathy;
• Has strong critical thinking skills and ability to always find a solution;
• Interacts professionally with a wide variety of individuals, including attorneys,
paralegals, program managers, administrative assistants, victim advocates, and other
team members;
• Has a clear and expansive understanding of criminal law, including applicable statutes,
case law, and the rules of appellate practice, evidence, and courtroom procedure;
• Has excellent writing and oral advocacy skills;
• Has experience writing appellate briefs and conducting oral arguments in both the
Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court;
• Enjoys system creation and implementation;
• Is capable of engaging with stakeholders and conducting public outreach; and
• Is objective and flexible, with the ability to adapt to changing priorities and situations

Application Process

How to apply: If you would like to be considered, please apply via email to
In your email, include an updated resume and answers to the following questions.
1) Why are you interested in this position?
2) Please describe 3 core competencies that will make you successful in this role and share some examples of how those competencies show up in the work you are currently doing.
3) Do you have supervisor, management, or leadership experience? If so, please briefly describe. If not, please explain how you will be successful in this supervisory and management role, despite the lack of formal management experience.

All applications must be received by no later than 11:59 pm on February 27, 2024 to be considered.