Overview

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $ 84,728 to $ 90,799. Salary offers are based upon the candidate’s education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

The primary purpose of the Consumer Protection Division is to carry out the Attorney Generals duty to enforce the States laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive commercial practices, unfair methods of competition, and combinations and conspiracies in restraint of trade; responds to questions from the general public and state officials relating to consumer matters; mediates many of the complaints received and investigates and litigates violations of law.

It is the responsibility of this position to evaluate potential violations of consumer/antitrust law, to provide enforcement when violations occur, and to take action to prevent further violations. This position will train consumer protection specialists and investigators in responding to consumer complaints from the public and provide legal opinions and expert assistance to members of the General Assembly and state and local officials regarding these matters.

Prepare, file and litigate cases in trial and appellate courts where negotiation of appropriate settlement is not possible. Draft and file briefs in private appellate cases or in cases from other states involving important consumer protection issues. Negotiate settlement of cases as appropriate. Select cases for enforcement activity which will have the most impact on the public.

Represent the Attorney General in multi-state and state-federal efforts to investigate and stop deceptive and fraudulent business practices which are nationwide in scope. Advise and assist other attorneys, specialists and investigators in their duties, including giving appropriate instruction in the law. Work with businesses and business and professional groups, including trade associations, Better Business Bureaus, etc. to develop mechanisms such as best management practices, guidelines or dispute resolution mechanisms to improve protection of consumers and fairness to business. Make presentations to the legislative committees or rule making bodies as necessary. Respond to public inquiries, including those from the press and local law enforcement officials.

This position will take part in the agency criminal brief rotation, and will brief and argue criminal cases on appeal.

Extensive and through knowledge of general case, statutory and common law and judicial procedures.

Ability to litigate complex, multi-party cases, many involving substantial constitutional or statutory questions, large sums of money, and issues of first impression. Most of these cases are in the nature of class actions involving large numbers of aggrieved consumers.

Ability to interpret and apply laws and court decisions independently.

Ability to analyze facts, evidence and legal instruments clearly and logically in oral and written form.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with the public, the business community, and other persons contacted in the course of work.

Considerable knowledge of other North Carolina government agencies, their authority and procedures, and their counterparts in other states and in the federal government.

Specialized knowledge and experience in consumer protection law, with particular emphasis on subject areas assigned.

Ability to remain current with the latest business techniques in areas of specialty and to marshal evidence and new legal theories to address them.

Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.

Computer literacy is an important component of all DOJ jobs, we encourage you to apply electronically. All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the NEOGOV Online Job Application System (http: www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/ style=”color: inherit;font-style: normal;text-indent: 0.0px;”>) for the State of North Carolina.

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. Any information not included on the application form cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Embedded or attached resumes are not accepted as a substitution for a completed application.

Credit for foreign degrees will only be given if verification of degree certification is attached. Transcripts for foreign degrees have to be evaluated by an organization like World Education Services to determine US equivalency.

Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.
Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.

The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act. Once the position has been filled, all on-line applicants will be notified via the e-mail provided at the time of application.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
NC Department of Justice

Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-716-6490

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