About the Office of the Attorney General:
The Attorney General is the states top lawyer and law enforcement official, protecting and serving the people and interests of Rhode Island through a broad range of duties. Every day, the Offices attorneys fight to ensure the public safety of the states communities, improve the economic security of its citizens, safeguard the states spectacular natural resources, and restore the publics trust in government. Assistant and Special Assistant Attorneys General represent the people of Rhode Island in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts, and the supreme courts of Rhode Island and the United States. The Office is unique among attorneys general offices across the country. Out of fifty states, only two other offices share the same broad criminal mission. The Offices attorneys prosecute complex and violent crimes but also functionally serve as one of the nations largest district attorneys offices, prosecuting all felonies throughout the state.
Civil Division: The Civil Division leads affirmative and defensive litigation on behalf of the state, counsels the Attorney General and other government officials, and performs a range of regulatory duties. From identifying and pursuing landmark civil actions against businesses and individuals that have harmed Rhode Islanders to defending state laws, state agencies, state general officers, legislators, and employees, the Division and its attorneys are at the forefront of matters being litigated before trial courts, appellate courts, and the supreme courts of Rhode Island and the United States.
Duties: A Special Assistant Attormey General in the Civil Division may be involved in case development, pre-trial litigation (both defensive and affirmative), negotiation, written and oral argument, regulatory and agency advising and trial work. This work may be in one or more of a broad range of civil areas including: administrative law, antitrust, civil rights, consumer and deceptive practices, data protection & privacy, environmental, healthcare & insurance, labor & employment, charitable trusts, open government, and public utilities. The applicant will be expected to carry a full civil litigation caseload and be expected to draft, file, and argue motions/legal memoranda, as well as litigate, in state and federal court on behalf of the state of Rhode Island, its agencies, and its officers or employees.
Eligibility: The successful applicant must have a law degree from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If not a member of the Rhode Island Bar, the candidate must be eligible for admission to the Rhode Island bar and sworn into the Rhode Island Bar within two years of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General.
Qualifications: Three to five years of litigation experience is preferred. Strong candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Candidates must have strong written/oral advocacy and negotiating skills and possess the capacity to function in a sometimes-high stress, demanding environment. Applicant must work well independently and as part of a team, including with other attorneys and support staff. Ability to work with other state government employees and communicate with members of the public is a must. Litigation experience in both state and federal court is preferred. The applicant should bring innovative thinking to the ways in which the Office of the Attorney General can consistently and increasingly meet the needs of Rhode Island residents.
How to Apply:
Applicants should mail (1) a cover letter summarizing why you are interested and describing the skills and abilities you possess that will enable you to succeed in this position, (2) resume, (3) list of three references; and (4) a writing sample to:
Director of Administration
Office of the Attorney General
150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
The selected applicant will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.
Start Date: Selected Candidate will begin employment mid-September 2020.