Assistant Attorney General – Marijuana, Liquor, and Bankruptcy Unit

Details

Section:
Revenue & Utilities
Position Number:
LAA 09445
Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Monday, July 18, 2022, 11:59 pm
FLSA:
Exempt
Work Unit:
Marijuana, Liquor & Bankruptcy
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Employment Type:
Full-Time
Position Type:
Non-Classified

Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Marijuana, Liquor and Bankruptcy (“MLB”) Unit is seeking an attorney to join its dynamic and collaborative legal team.  Attorneys in the MLB Unit address a wide variety of interesting and complex legal issues of significant importance to the State of Colorado.  The MLB Unit represents the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division and Liquor Enforcement Division in licensing and disciplinary litigation and general counsel matters.  The MLB Unit also handles all bankruptcy issues for the Department of Revenue and provides bankruptcy expertise to other state agencies when bankruptcy issues arise.

 

WHAT YOU WILL DO

The Marijuana, Liquor & Bankruptcy (MLB) Unit offers the opportunity to practice in cutting-edge and challenging areas of law representing the Marijuana and Liquor Enforcement Divisions of the Colorado Department of Revenue and the Tax Division in bankruptcy and tax collection matters.  The MLB Unit is a dynamic and collaborative group as statutes and regulations governing regulated marijuana, liquor and tobacco retailers change frequently.

This attorney will primarily handle administrative actions for both the Marijuana and Liquor Enforcement Division.  Administrative actions include denials of applications for a license required to operate a regulated liquor business, tobacco retailer or marijuana business, and disciplinary actions based on alleged violations of the statutes and rules that govern these businesses.  These cases are initiated by a client investigation which is then referred to the attorneys in the MLB Unit for initial review, administrative hearing, exceptions (administrative appeal) and judicial review.  Administrative cases range in complexity from relatively simple to quite complex. For example, the Marijuana and Liquor Enforcement Divisions may seek enforcement action based on underage sales of liquor, tobacco or marijuana, substantial security and public health violations, violations of mandatory marijuana testing requirements, or sophisticated corporate and financial schemes intended to allow unauthorized entities and individuals to control licensed businesses. The attorney may also represent these Divisions in state and federal courts.

The attorney will be part of a team, but will be expected to handle cases independently with increasing responsibilities over time.

The attorney may also assist with general counsel advice to the Marijuana and Liquor Enforcement Divisions including advising on legal issues and rulemaking required to implement newly enacted legislation.

 

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in the Department of Law.

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.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.

We welcome applications from junior-level candidates and candidates whose diverse experiences and background would add value to the department, our unit’s work, and our clients. For those more junior in experience, we are most interested in those who have had hands-on experience and substantive legal training, including internships, fellowships, or clerkships. And, for all of our candidates, we are interested in seeing most, if not all, of the following skills and attributes.

 

  • Interest in learning the substantive areas of law governing marijuana, liquor and tobacco retailer licenses.
  • Some experience in administrative and/or constitutional law.
  • Experience with negotiation and litigation including arguing contested matters at hearing or trial.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and eager to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Passion for producing excellent work product and keen attention to detail.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with a variety of colleagues, clients, and leaders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated interest in public service.

The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • 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.

 

The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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