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State of Montana Agency Legal Services Assistant Attorney General in Helena, Montana

[DOJ Logo - Can also use to return to the home page] The* State’s Attorneys Office* in the Montana Department of Justice is dedicated to ensuring justice and upholding the rule of law on behalf of the people of Montana. The State’s Attorneys Office consists of Assistant Attorneys General and legal support staff that represent the State of Montana. The office includes the Solicitor General’s Office, Criminal Prosecution and Appellate Services, Civil Services and Consumer Protection. Additionally, the office provides legal expertise and litigation support to other state agencies. The functions within the office include defense of Montana’s laws as passed by the Legislature, and ballot initiatives passed by the voters; prosecution of criminals; litigation, from district court proceedings through appeal; and complex litigation of antitrust matters. Legal counsel and advice to state agencies is provided on a fee-for-service basis. Services typically include litigation, hearings officer services, and transactional work, and may relate to any legal matter regulated by the State of Montana. Job Overview: This position is an Assistant Attorney General with the State’s Attorney’s Office. Agency Legal Services Bureau represents the State of Montana in civil matters before state and federal courts and administrative fora and provides legal counsel and advice to state agencies on a fee-for-services basis. Work may include federal class action litigation, tort defense, defense of section 1983 claims, defense of discrimination claims, administrative law, transactional work and constitutional challenges to state statutes. These cases involve varying degrees of complexity and encompass any issue regulated or encountered by state agencies. The incumbent is responsible for independently handling all phases of civil litigation, including complex litigation, in district court and on appeal. This involves case review, legal research, drafting of pleadings, engaging in discovery, motions practice, presentation of evidence to a court or jury, and participation in settlement conferences and mediations. Examples of complex litigation include multiple party actions, class action lawsuits, and cases with significant potential liability exposure. The incumbent may oversee and direct the work of a team of attorneys and support staff on complex projects or oversee case development and trial presentation phases in cases involving junior attorneys. The first review of candidates will be held on September 20, 2021. * Juris Doctor degree. * Admission to and maintenance of licensure from the State Bar of Montana. * At least two years of specialized law and litigation experience. * If licensed in another state, must be able to become licensed to practice law in Montana within one year of hire. * Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Special Instructions: You are REQUIRED to attach a cover letter, résumé and a legal writing sample of 3000words or less, from a document or portion thereof, prepared within the last three years at the time of application. In addition, please submit an essay up to 1500 words on the topic of the responsibility of Government to the people of Montana. The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant's qualification may include, but are not limited to, an evaluation of the résumé and cover letter, a structured interview, performance test, academic transcripts, reference/background checks and fingerprint checks. Additional materials, references or information submitted by the applicant, but not requested, will not be considered. Successful applicant(s) will be subject to: * Criminal History Fingerprint Check * Driving History _REAL ID Compliant Credential Required and/or Passport _ * State employees are required to present legally binding photo identification at the time of hire. Generally, this is a valid driver license, U.S. Passport or Employment Authorization ID (Form I-766). For all positions in which access to federal facilities and commercial aircraft is required in order to perform job duties, a valid REAL ID or U.S. Passport must be obtained within 60 days of hire, effective May 3, 2023. *HOW TO APPLY: In order to be considered for this position, you must attach a cover letter and résumé at the time of application. Tip: When attaching your cover letter and resume you must mark the attachments as “relevant”. Your Cover Letter:How do your qualifications and experience directly correlate to the duties of this position and what makes you the best candidate for the job? Your Résumé: Please include all work experience as well as job duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position. Include dates of employment (month & year- start & end) and the reason you left each job. A complete online state application is not required, however you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and résumé in order to be considered for this position. Failure to attach a cover letter and résumé will result in an incomplete application that will not be considered further. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process. All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents. To request an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office. Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and generousState of Montana Benefits. * Medical, dental and vision coverage * Retirement plans * Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays * Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts * Employee Assistance Program State of Montana employment may qualify for student loan forgiveness under thePublic Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. This Organization Participates inE-Verify. [E-Verify® Logo] Minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply. *Job: Legal *Title: *Agency Legal Services Assistant Attorney General Location: Helena Requisition ID: 21141814

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