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Deputy Attorney General III

Company name

California Attorney General Department of Justice

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Aug 08,2018

Posted on

Aug 07,2018

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required

Location

Los Angeles, CA
Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Deputy Attorney General III Duties: Handle all phases of complex, sensitive, and difficult cannabis licensing litigation, including administrative hearings for appeals from denials of applications for cannabis licensure, prosecution of disciplinary actions against cannabis licensees, appeals of citations and cannabis license reinstatement, probation, modification, and termination cases; injunctive proceedings against cannabis licensees and unlicensed individuals, Penal Code section 23 hearings; and review of cannabis licensing agency decisions, including through the California appellate courts. Prepare for and represent agencies in several administrative hearings each month. Handle judicial review proceedings arising out of administrative litigation, through the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel and the California appellate courts. Handle other complex, sensitive, and difficult civil matters, including subpoena enforcement and defense, and defending client agencies in state and federal civil actions. Apply sound legal judgment and abide by professional ethics. Act in lead capacity in team assignments with other deputies and paralegals. Work with investigators to obtain and develop evidence. Advise client agencies on legal matters, including settlement options, expert and/or consultant needs, and strategy, as well as provide training to agency staff. May serve in role as liaison to an assigned cannabis licensing client agency.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: All classes require active membership in The California State Bar. (Those not members of The California State Bar but who are eligible to take The California State Bar examination will be admitted to the examination but will not be considered eligible for appointment until they are admitted to The State Bar.). 6 years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or in the private practice of law. (Applicants will be admitted to the examination upon completion of five and one-half years of legal experience, but must complete six years of such experience before they will be eligible for appointment.). Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application; professional and ethical rules as they relate to the practice of law and particularly the role of public attorneys, to ensure the rules are strictly followed by oneself as well as other attorneys. Examples include Federal/State statutes, rules (e.g., Rules of Professional Conduct), and case law defining the scope of the attorney-client privilege, and local rules establishing standards of conduct and sanctions for misconduct by attorneys; available research sources, both printed and electronic, to complete legal research, including what type of material they contain, where they are located, and their breadth, depth, and relative strengths and weaknesses. Examples include primary and secondary legal texts, and electronic databases; scope and character of California statutory law and provisions of the California Constitution; principles and practices for properly conducting legal research, such as ensuring law is current and checking for recent amendments to statutes; principles of administrative and constitutional law, rules of evidence, and conduct of proceedings in trial and appellate courts of California and the United States and before administrative bodies; duties and powers of the Attorney General of California; and the English language to effectively produce a variety of written work products. Includes knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence, and paragraph structure, organization, and appropriate vocabulary. Ability to: Prepare, present, and handle legal cases; perform research; analyze difficult and complex legal problems, and apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts; present statements of facts, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; analyze and draft proposed legislative measures; handle difficult legal correspondence; direct the work of clerical and professional assistants; edit written documents written by oneself, as well as those produced by others, for accuracy and effectiveness; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; reason logically; work cooperatively with a variety of individuals and organizations; and exercise good judgment. Desirable Qualifications: Dedication to consumer protection, strong civil litigation background with expertise necessary to capably handle complex, sensitive, and difficult work of the CCS on an independent basis for client agencies, and a working familiarity with principles of administrative and constitutional law, rules of evidence, and the administrative adjudication process set forth in the California Administrative Procedure Act (Gov. Code section 11340 et seq.) are highly desirable qualities. Possess excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills, exhibited by recent and frequent drafting of pleadings, motions, and briefs; the ability to analyze difficult and complex legal problems, apply precedents to new factual scenarios, and present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form are highly desirable qualities. Strong trial and oral advocacy experience, including recent and frequent experience conducting proceedings in administrative, trial, and appellate courts, preparing for and representing clients in administrative hearings and/or civil or criminal trials, handling review of lower court actions through judicial review, including appeals in the California appellate courts, and successfully negotiating settlement of actions informally and in mediation or settlement conferences are highly desirable qualities. Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively manage a large caseload, handle cases independently, and work primarily via computer with excellent computer skills (including electronic case management and electronic time keeping) in a multiple of programs are highly desirable qualities. Strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills; ability to build and maintain good client relations; and the ability to interact positively and effectively with client representatives, subordinates, opposing parties, and counsel, and all members of the Attorney General’s Office are highly desirable qualities.

Alternate Range Criteria 225: Experience gained outside of State service may be credited only if the appointing power believes the experience was satisfactory and comparable in type and quality to that of a Deputy Attorney General.

When the requirements for the particular criteria are met and upon recommendation of the appointing power, the employee shall receive a rate under the provisions of Section 599.676.

Range A. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California and who do not meet the criteria for payment in Range B, C, or D.

Range B. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California and who, in addition, have satisfactorily completed 1 year of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or in the private practice of law. Evidence of such experience may be in the form of a work record of legal experience inside or outside State service.

Range C. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California and who, in addition, have satisfactorily completed 2 years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or private practice of law. Evidence of such experience may be in the form of a work record of legal experience inside or outside State service.

Range D. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California who, in addition, have satisfactorily completed 4 years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or private practice of law. Evidence of such experience may be in the form of a work record of legal experience inside or outside State service.

For the purposes of this Alternate Range, experience in the practice of law or performing legal duties is defined as: (1) only that legal experience acquired after admission to any State Bar, or (2)experience as a judicial clerk for a federal court, California’s state courts, or any other state’s courts, to constitute experience in the practice of law. For an individual’s judicial clerkship to qualify as experience in the practice of law or performing legal duties, the experience must have been gained after receipt of a JD Degree or equivalent degree.

Experience in the “practice of law” or “performing legal duties” is defined as: (1) only that legal experience acquired after admission to any State Bar, or (2) experience as a judicial clerk for a federal court, California’s state courts, or any other state’s courts, to constitute experience in the practice of law. For an individual’s judicial clerkship to qualify as experience in the practice of law or performing legal duties, the experience must have been gained after receipt of a JD Degree or equivalent degree.
The final filing date for this posting has been tentatively set for 9/16/18

Additional info

Job Code #: JC-103702. Send Resume, Cover letter, with Writing sample (recent briefs preferred).

Company info

Vanessa Ventura
California Attorney General Department of Justice
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Phone: 916-210-7307

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