Assistant Attorney General (Medical Unit)
- Business & Licensing
- Position Number:
- LAA 09140
- Salary Range:
- $6,800.00 - $8,500.00 Monthly
- Apply By:
- Monday, May 2, 2022, 11:59 pm
- Work Unit:
- Job Location:
- 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
- Release Date:
- Friday, April 15, 2022
- Employment Type:
- Position Type:
The Business & Licensing section of the Colorado Department of Law is seeking a public service-driven attorney who would enjoy a combined litigation and general counsel role for its Medical Unit. The Medical Unit protects Coloradans by assisting the state in licensing and regulating physicians and other professions. More specifically, this Unit takes disciplinary action against licensees and litigates against unlicensed individuals who practice in the health care industry. By overseeing these professions, the Medical Unit protects the public health and safety of our citizens. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone interested in consumer protection, healthcare, regulatory law, administrative law, litigation, and client advising. If you are an individual looking for a career that directly impacts the health and safety of Coloradans, we invite you to apply to be a part of our team!
WHO WE ARE
The Medical Unit is one of seven units within the Business & Licensing Section, which represents boards and commissions, including the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), the Department of Agriculture, the Independent Ethics Commission, the Civil Rights Commission, and the State Personnel Board. Our DORA clients consist of various programs and boards housed within DORA, including the Divisions of Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Professions and Occupations, Real Estate, and Securities.
The Medical Unit represents the state Medical Board, which is within the Division of Professions and Occupations and which licenses over 50 different professions, occupations, and industries statewide including: accountants; architects; banking; chiropractors; dentists; electricians; engineers; funeral homes; insurance and real estate agents; nurses; massage, occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists; pharmacists; physicians; plumbers; psychologists and professional counselors; ski lifts; and veterinarians.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
Our new team member will practice administrative law before the Office of Administrative Courts, as well as in District Court and state appellate courts. While this attorney’s primary role will be to serve as litigation counsel to the Medical Board, this role will also serve as general counsel to our other clients. This attorney will also do most, if not all, of the following:
- Independently handle litigation, negotiation, administrative hearings, and appeals;
- Litigate matters that require immediate action, including prosecuting license suspensions; advising the Medical Board’s Inquiry and Licensing Panels;
- Enforce the Medical Practice Act against unauthorized persons through actions for injunctive relief in district court;
- Provide general counsel and legal advice to client agencies;
- Advise clients in all aspects of its regulatory functions and responsibilities, including open meetings and open records laws;
- Assist with the promulgation of rules and review of their constitutionality; and
Collaborate with other attorneys in the Medical Unit and in the Section.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
The Medical Unit is made up people who enjoy working together and with clients, who care about protecting Coloradoans, and who litigate challenging trial and appellate issues. Candidates should have a: 1) strong litigation background; 2) demonstrated ability to handle negotiations, litigation, and trials independently and effectively; 3) experience or capacity to manage a caseload autonomously; 4) proficient client communication and negotiation skills; 5) excellent writing skills; and 6) demonstrated commitment to public service and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A background in healthcare is also helpful, as is work with experts in the nursing or medical fields. The ideal candidate will be skilled at developing and maintaining strong client relationships; have a passion for litigation, trials, and learning new areas of law and the healing arts; and demonstrate a strong commitment to serving the public interest.
Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.
THIS POSITION REQUIRES AT LEAST ONE WRITING SAMPLE. PLEASE REVIEW THE “HOW TO APPLY” SECTION OF THE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Conditions of Employment:
- The final candidate for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
- Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.