Washington State Tumwater , WA 98511
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The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General's Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.
The agency is highly respected for the quality of its legal work and the professionalism and ethical standards of its staff and leadership. The AGO's dedicated team members of more than 600 attorneys and 600 professional staff often cite the AGO's broad mandate, offering challenging, diverse work in the public interest, as reasons to join the office -- and opportunities for professional growth, along with a collegial atmosphere, as reasons to stay. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.
For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found _
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The position is located in Olympia, Washington. Olympia offers a diverse, affordable and safe community. Living and working here offers unparalleled opportunities to pursue a rewarding career while living in an historically rich and vibrant area. It is ideally situated between the northwest's two largest cities (Seattle and Portland) and exploring either is but a short drive away. If exploring Washington State's natural features is your passion, know that hiking, skiing and sailing opportunities are easily accessible. But you needn't stray from home for an adventure, as Olympia offers lush parks and trails, walkable neighborhoods, and exceptional dining, shopping and cultural experiences. Families and individuals will benefit from Olympia's excellent schools, from elementary through college.
The Olympia/Tumwater office of the Washington State Attorney General's Office's Torts Divisionhas an opening for a lawyer with at least five years of litigation experience.
The Torts Division defends state agencies and employees in actions undertaken in their employment. The work of the Torts Division is stimulating and challenging. Attorneys who enjoy working on cutting-edge legal issues thrive in the Torts Division. Typical cases could concern employment rights, provision of social and health services, supervision and care of criminal offenders, provision of higher education, highway design, construction, and maintenance, natural disasters, or law enforcement activities.
Attorneys work on a small team with diverse work assignments, staffed by dedicated professional staff. Torts offers and encourages attorneys to take advantage of training opportunities and mentoring by seasoned professionals. Successful candidates will be responsible for conducting and answering discovery, taking and defending depositions, bringing and answering motions, including dispositive motions, participating in mediation, working with and against expert witnesses, and handing jury and bench trials. Torts attorneys typically handle appeals from their cases.
The successful candidate will join either the Torts Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Team or Employment Team depending on skills and experience. Although Torts teams may focus on particular types of cases for part of their caseloads, all Torts attorneys have the opportunity to work on a variety of types of torts cases.
The Employment team primarily handles cases defending state agencies and institutions of higher education, and their managers and supervisors. Cases typically allege wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, denial of tenure, and other violations of civil rights. The team works in all Western Washington superior courts and federal court, primarily in the Western District of Washington.
The Social and Health Services team primarily represents the DSHS, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, the Department of Early Learning, Western State Hospital, Special Commitment Center, Employment Security, the School for the Deaf, the Governor's Office, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Office of Financial Management, and the judicial branch. Attorneys on this team regularly defend social workers in claims of negligent investigation of child abuse, wrongful denial/revocation of foster and day care licenses, and accidents/injuries in DSHS licensed facilities.
In addition to having at least five years of litigation experience, applicants should possess strong analytical, research, and writing skills, strong interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, good problem solving skills, excellent judgment, and a big dose of common sense, plus an ability to work well in a team environment with the assigned litigation support/investigative staff, the client agency managers and Risk Managers, and the Office of Risk Management. Ideal candidates will have the following experience:
Interviewing witnesses and conducting and responding to discovery;
Handling an active motion practice;
Working with expert witnesses;
Interacting with high-level client representatives;
Conducting trials in superior or federal court; and
Working with people who have a diverse background, experience, and communication styles.
Experience litigating tort cases while advantageous, is not essential. Relevant subject matter experience such as employment, social and health services, engineering, insurance defense, or government defense, is preferred, but not required.
Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.
AGO salaries are based on experience, qualifications and are commensurate with comparable positions in the AGO. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued.
Interested applicants must apply by hitting the "apply" button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system:
A letter of interest;
Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
If you have questions about this position and/or want to learn more about it before applying, we welcome and encourage you to call Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Meyer at or . The deadline for receipt of all application material is October 21, 2018.
*Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO. *
The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age,_disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at . Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at or
Salary:* Depends on Qualifications
Location:* Thurston County Tumwater, WA
Job Type:* Exempt
Department:* Attorney General's Office
Job Number:* 2018-09796
Closing: 10/21/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
Agency:* State of Washington
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