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The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has 8 attorney openings to help in the area of juvenile or child welfare litigation. Positions are available 5 geographic locations: Tacoma, Olympia, Bellingham, Everett and Wenatchee. Successful candidates will join an Office that values a collegial, inclusive and respectful working environment in which every person is committed to providing exceptional legal services and where individual professional development is encouraged and supported.
The attorneys will provide legal representation to the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in juvenile dependency and termination of parental rights cases arising from allegations of child abuse and neglect by the child’s parent, guardian or custodian. This is a fast-paced, high-volume practice characterized by unpredictable schedules, highly emotional situations and emergent issues. This work is of critical importance, and attorneys will join a division with staff who are talented, dedicated, compassionate, highly collegial, and dedicated to serving in an essential role in the protection of the state’s most vulnerable people.
In these positions, attorneys can expect to handle the dependency and termination of parental rights cases via negotiated settlement, mediation and/or trial. Juvenile litigation attorneys also handle an ongoing motions practice in dependency review status cases and occasional appearances in other matters. A typical week may include covering juvenile court calendars, reviewing discovery, interviewing witnesses and otherwise preparing for trial, writing and responding to motions, reviewing dependency and termination petitions prior to filing, drafting proposed review hearing orders and providing case-specific advice to client agency social workers. There may be opportunities for additional activities, such as administrative cases, appellate work, training and participation in practice improvement projects.
Until courts open, calendar and court appearances are primarily being conducted remotely, and trials are being done via Zoom. Staff of the Office are producing exceptional work and positive results while exclusively telecommuting.
The successful candidates should:
- Have a strong demonstrated commitment to public interest law;
- Possess excellent writing and oral advocacy skills;
- Have the ability to multi-task and stay highly organized;
- Have the ability to deal with an emotionally difficult subject matter;
- Be flexible and able to quickly adapt to changing situations;
- Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to work with all people of diverse backgrounds with respect and professionalism at all times; and
- Value teamwork, collaboration, and the support of a positive working environment that recognizes and respects all employees.
While not required, the following competency is highly desired:
- Demonstrated excellence in litigationincluding at the administrative, superior court, and appellate levelsand in providing client advice.
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.
These Assistant Attorney General positions are represented by the Association of Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) / Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. AAG salaries start at $69,396. Ultimately, AAG salaries are set in accordance with the AWAAG CBA. 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, preferably as PDFs:
- A letter of interest;
- Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
- Writing sample.
If you have questions about this position and/or wish to learn more about it before applying, we encourage and welcome you to contact Deputy Attorney General Erika Uhl at Erika.Uhlatg.wa.gov and/or 360-586-2563. The deadline to apply is August 19, 2020.
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If you have questions or concerns about this recruitment in light of COVID emergency, please contact Linda Nakamura at Linda.Nakamuraatg.wa.gov.
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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 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.