Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Appeals)


Criminal Appeals
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Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Monday, July 25, 2022, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Criminal Appeals
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, 10th Floor, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Monday, July 11, 2022
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Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Criminal Appeals section is seeking three intellectually curious attorneys who thrive on researching and analyzing the law. These positions require exceptional writing ability; a passion for advocacy; and strong oral communication skills. While each of our attorneys is individually responsible for writing their own briefs, this is a collaborative team that regularly works together to resolve novel questions of law; discuss legislative proposals; and serve the people of Colorado. If you are looking for a challenging role that will allow you to grow with a great team, this position is for you!


The Criminal Appeals Section is Colorado’s prosecutorial authority at the appellate level of the criminal justice system.  Our primary function is to serve the people of Colorado, as well as the interests of justice, by ethically and efficiently defending felony convictions before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

We do this by writing answer briefs and orally arguing cases, which range from relatively minor postconviction issues to complex white-collar crime, homicides, child abuse, and sexual assaults. Each attorney is individually responsible for reading the record, conducting legal research on all of the defendant’s claims, and crafting responsive arguments to explain why a conviction or sentence should be affirmed. In addition to writing answer briefs and conducting oral argument, our attorneys often provide support to other sections in the office through moot court sessions, legislative review, and legal editing.

This job announcement may be used to fill other attorney vacancies at the DOL.

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.


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 along with an estimate of the date by which they expect to be licensed in Colorado.

The ideal candidates for these positions must have exceptional writing and researching abilities; strong oral communication skills; and a high level of emotional intelligence.  In addition, we are looking for candidates with at least one year of experience as a practicing attorney.  This includes fellowship or clerkship experience.  Candidates without one year of experience may be considered if their application demonstrates a strong background in research and writing.

Conditions of employment:

  • The final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or, submit to twice-weekly serial testing. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination, or begin twice-weekly serial testing for COVID-19. Testing will be considered paid work time. Additional information regarding testing will be provided to those it applies to.

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 State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.


View the full job announcement for more information and apply online.

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