Assistant Attorney General – Pattern or Practice


Consumer Protection
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Salary Range:
$85,795.00 - $132,901.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Sunday, June 23, 2024, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Civil Rights
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, June 7, 2024
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Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking an attorney to initiate and lead investigations into potential patterns or practices of rights deprivations by government agencies, as well as monitor compliance with ongoing consent decrees. It requires an attorney who wants to lead investigations and who can effectively communicate with attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and members of the community. This is a great opportunity to be part of the Attorney General’s efforts ensure Coloradans are protected from deprivations of statutory or constitutional rights by government agencies.

WHO WE AREThe Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.
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Description of Job



The Pattern or Practice attorney will conduct investigations of government agencies to determine whether they have patterns or practices that deprive persons of the rights protected by state or federal laws. This may include looking at concerns of excessive force, biased policing, discrimination, victim’s rights, and other statutory and constitutional rights. In addition, this attorney will monitor compliance with consent decrees, often working with independent monitors.

The attorney in this role will research federal and state law and conduct thorough and independent investigations that could bring to light patterns or practices of rights deprivations by government agencies. The attorney will then evaluate whether unlawful patterns or practices exist and, if so, determine the source of the pattern or practice and work with the agency to correct those issues through a consent decree or, sometimes, file suit against the agency to seek an injunction correcting the violation.

This recruitment may be used to fill more than one Assistant Attorney General position in the Patterns or Practice Unit.


Salary Note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. 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.

Attorneys with less than 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General I (AAG I). The salary range for an AAG I is $85,795-$95,437/annually.
Attorneys with more than 3 years of experience practicing as an attorney may be hired as an Assistant Attorney General II (AAG II). The AAG II salary range is $99,318-$132,901/annually.

Salary will be paid on a biweekly basis.


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


To be qualified 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.

While we know this is a unique skillset, we are looking for candidates that have some, or most, of the following skills and attributes:

  • Experience with law enforcement or litigation related to civil rights or law enforcement
  • Experience conducting, supervising, or leading investigations or complex civil litigation
  • An understanding of law enforcement culture or practices
  • Demonstrated team leadership and project management skills
  • Ability to foster an atmosphere of independence and impartiality of investigations
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills and a keen attention to detail
  • A creative and collaborative approach to delivering meaningful solutions to problems discovered during investigations
  • Experience with negotiating complex matters
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A broad understanding of the issues related to public safety, effective policing, and community engagement


  • All final candidates must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check.
  • Requires statewide overnight travel, by state vehicle

Please view the full job description for more information, including information about compensation and benefits, and to apply online.

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