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This position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or Senior Assistant Attorney General level, salary range $7,008-$12,914 per month, depending primarily on years of legal practice experience and other factors.
Under the leadership of Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum, 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 nearly 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:
Duties and Responsibilities
The Trial Division is seeking an outstanding lawyer to join the Department of Justice's Special Litigation Unit (SLU) in the Portland office. SLU handles some of the most interesting, complex and challenging litigation in the State. SLU lawyers defend state statutes and policies against constitutional challenges in state and federal courts. They also handle complex class-action lawsuits, elections litigation, environmental litigation, and other high-profile or sensitive matters in which the State, its agencies, and its employees may be plaintiffs or defendants.
In recent years, SLU has successfully upheld Oregon's Death with Dignity Act in state and federal trial court, has successfully defended Oregon's domestic-partnerships legislation, and has engaged in longstanding litigation in federal court over the proper management of Oregon's salmon under the Endangered Species Act and Indian treaties. Currently, SLU attorneys represent Oregon in various suits against the federal government. SLU attorneys regularly litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues that many attorneys outside of DOJ see only rarely. SLU attorneys are expanding their focus to include many of the Attorney General's other top-priority areas such as protecting the environment and Oregon's consumers.
If selected, you will be responsible for handling a high- intensity caseload, including extensive motion practice, identifying and interviewing expert and lay witnesses, handling depositions, supervising voluminous discovery, and working collaboratively with agency-client representatives and Risk adjusters.
Additional applicant screening will depend on the number of qualified applications received. Applicants most closely matching the requirements and needs of the position will be invited to interview. If you are selected to interview and require particular accommodation during the interview, please inform the person scheduling the interview.
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.
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.
To apply for this position:
If at any point in the application process you need assistance, please contact Mistie Slauson.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.
Beginning February 1, 2019, OAJA-represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay the 6% employee contribution to PERS. The salary range noted above does not reflect the increase.
Oregon Department of Justice
Attn: Mistie Slauson
1162 Court St NE
Salem OR, 97301
Phone: (503) 378-5595
Fax: (503) 373-0367
Oregon Department of Justice
The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ), headed by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum, serves as the state’s law firm. The Oregon DOJ employs about 1,300 individuals statewide and has a biennial budget of approximately $550 million. The agency is headquartered in Salem and has ten legal and 13 child support offices throughout the state. In addition to providing legal representation to state government, the DOJ advocates for and protects all Oregonians, especially the most vulnerable, such as children and seniors. The Oregon DOJ and its nine divisions are tasked with running programs related to child support, charitable activities, district attorney assistance, crime victim compensation and consumer protection. In all, the DOJ and attorney general have responsibility and authority under more than 350 state laws. The Oregon DOJ has nine divisions. They include: •Office of the Attorney General •Administrative Services Division •Appellate Division •Child Support Division » •Civil Enforcement Division •Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division » •Criminal Justice Division •General Counsel Division •Trial Division For brief bios of division leaders, visit the Oregon Department of Justice website.