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Assistant Attorney General – Highways & Utilities

The Highways & Utilities Division of the Utah Attorney General¬Ěs Office has an immediate opening for an attorney to provide general legal assistance and representation to the Department of Public Safety in civil litigation and administrative proceedings. This is a full-time, career service position with benefits. The position is co-located with the client at the Calvin Rampton Building, 4501 South 2700 West, Taylorsville, UT. This position requires a minimum of five years of experience, with some prosecution background preferred.

Work will include advising the Peace Officer Standards & Training Council in disciplinary and enforcement actions. Responsibilities include advising and representing DPS executive administration and DPS entities in administrative and judicial venues. This position requires excellent written and oral advocacy skills. Applicants must be able to provide general counsel advice to government agency clients. Knowledge of GRAMA and public ethics law is helpful. Applicants must have the experience and ability to immediately take over an existing caseload. Membership in the Utah State Bar in good standing is required.

Applicants should clearly describe in a cover letter their experience advising or representing a public agency and any history working with law enforcement agencies.

  • Prepares cases by conducting legal research and gathering evidence.
  • Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.
  • Determine needs in discovery, and/or completes discovery; participates in decision making and strategy sessions in preparing cases for court and determining evidence to be used.
  • Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and/or other written materials.
  • Receives, researches and responds to incoming questions or complaints; provides information, explains policy and procedures, and/or facilitates a resolution.
  • Represents the state or the employing agency in lawsuits, grievances, and complaints.
  • Drafts litigation working documents; prepares documents consisting of concise decisions based upon facts of case interpretations of law and compliance with state and federal standards.
  • Conduct conferences with defendants and/or attorneys and negotiate settlements.
  • Represents clients at formal or informal hearings.
  • May be required to travel to various locations and stay overnight.

(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

  • agency and/or organizational program(s)
  • communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
  • read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures
  • speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • legal processes and procedures
  • applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
  • civil and criminal justice laws
  • understand and apply case and statutory law
  • evaluate information against a set of standards
  • use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
  • laws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, the democratic political process, and legislative history
  • perform legal research using case law and appropriate techniques
  • laws governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act)
  • make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
  • deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
  • provide consultation and/or expert advice or testimony
  • rules of evidence
  • interpret and apply legal decisions and identify current and emerging trends in interpretation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and related employment legislation
  • principles, theories, and practices of judicial or administrative law
  • A Juris Doctorate is required.
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • A conditional offer of employment will be made pending a satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
  • Must be able to travel as required.
  • Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA 53-3-202(1)(a).
  • Active membership in the Utah State Bar.

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