PLS attorneys serve in the role of general or in-house counsel; representing a diverse group of state agencies, boards, and commissions. We are a collegial team looking for an attorney who enjoys working in diverse practice areas and is interested in the dynamic field of public law. The attorney in this position will serve as an independent advisor to agencies represented by Sections throughout the State Government Division, and will also provide legal advice and representation to PLS clients. Duties include, but are not limited to, performing extensive legal research, preparing pleadings, presenting arguments and evidence at hearings in federal, state, and administrative tribunals, and handling any associated appeals; providing advice and counsel on legal issues, reviewing and approving contracts, handling contract disputes and procurement matters. Advice matters include, but are not limited to, administrative law, statutory interpretation, and rule-making, open meeting law, public records requests, and public monies issues. This attorney will also assist the lead Assistant Attorney General who reviews and makes recommendations concerning rules packages submitted to the Attorney General for approval.Job Duties:
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
- Provide legal advice and representation to Public Law Section clients, in administrative and judicial litigation at all levels of the state and federal systems, including appellate work.
- Provide independent legal advice to boards and commissions throughout the State Government Division.
- Assist in the review of rules packages submitted to the Attorney General for approval.
- Other duties as assigned as related to the position.
- Knowledge and understanding of applicable Arizona statutes, federal laws, and the rules and regulations of state and federal courts.
- Knowledge of legal techniques, the basic concepts of American Jurisprudence, and of the formats utilized in the preparation of legal documents.
- Comprehensive knowledge of and ability to apply general legal principals and the ability to grasp new areas of law in a timely and efficient manner.
- Knowledge of the scope and character of overlapping Arizona statutory law and Arizona constitutional provisions, trial and administrative hearing procedures and rules of evidence.
- Skill in legal and factual issue analysis, legal research, legal writing, oral presentation and negotiation.
- Ability to understand statutory and case law construction and provide an explanation of those constructs to non-attorney directors and staff of client agencies.
- Ability to perform demanding legal research involving complex questions of law.
- Ability to analyze difficult and complex legal issues and to apply legal principles and precedents.
- Ability to present statements of fact, law and argument involving multiple parties clearly and logically in written and oral form.
- Ability to make presentations to non-attorney audiences on legal and administrative matters.
- Abilities include effective and situation-appropriate interpersonal communication, good judgment, and high ethical and professional standards.
- Ability to function well under a high volume of work, time constraints and stressful situations.
Experience in public or administrative law; prior experience advising governmental entities that act as administrative hearing bodies, is helpful.Pre-Employment Requirements:
- Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
- Admission to, and good standing with, the Arizona State Bar is required (include on resume the date(s) of admission in Arizona and any other states). Candidate must have an active Arizona State Bar license.
- Attorney applicants are required to submit a writing sample with their resume/application profile.
- The writing sample should contain an analysis of some substantive legal issue and provide insight concerning your ability to think and to explain and advocate for a particular position.
- All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.