Assistant Attorney General (Special Prosecutions)


Criminal Justice
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Salary Range:
$83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Monday, February 19, 2024, 11:59 am
Work Unit:
Special Prosecutions
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, January 26, 2024
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This position is open to resident and non-residents of Colorado.

The Special Prosecutions unit of the Criminal Justice section is seeking an attorney to join its dynamic and collaborative legal team. This position offers the opportunity to take on complex and challenging cases in a variety of areas of law around the state of Colorado. Ideal candidates for this position are experienced attorneys comfortable across a spectrum of special prosecutions, including persons and economic crimes. This role will be particularly focused on violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), and will serve as one of the unit’s primary attorneys tasked with the prosecution of organized retail crime matters. If you are looking for a fulfilling, community focused role within a great team, apply today!

This attorney is a part of the Special Prosecutions Unit within the Criminal Justice Section. The position primarily advises and assists local district attorneys and investigators in the investigation and prosecution of complex, multi-jurisdictional felony offenses. Litigation may include state grand jury investigations, charging decisions, drafting indictments and other pleadings, pre-trial motions work, discovery, voir dire, trial, and post-trial. Frequent overnight travel within the State of Colorado will be required.

All prosecutions in which the team participates involve extensive legal research and pre-trial motions work, much of which is performed by the team attorney assigned to the case. The attorney must possess exceptional analytical abilities and the proven writing skills necessary to provide superior support in motions practice. In addition, the attorney must possess strong and proven litigation skills, enabling them to consult and/or participate in all aspects of the prosecution, including discovery, depositions, hearings and all phases of the prosecution of complex felony offenses. This expertise should include mastery of the unique issues involved in conducting voir dire, trial, and managing the jury instructions. In addition to litigation skills, effective, empathetic, and ongoing communication with local prosecutors/law enforcement is essential for success.

Particularly, this position will be required to handle complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), and will serve as one of the unit’s primary attorneys tasked with the prosecution of organized retail crime matters.

This recruitment may be used to fill more than one Assistant Attorney General position in the Department of Law.

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 $83,292-$92,400/annually.

Attorneys with more than 3 years of experience practicing as an attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General II (AAG II). The AAG II salary range is $96,420-$120,000/annually.

Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado at time of hire, or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates not yet bared in Colorado will be considered based on their experience and Practice Pending Admission status.

The ideal candidate for this position should have trial litigation experience and should be comfortable overseeing assigned cases from intake through trial.

In addition, ideal candidates will demonstrate most of the following preferred qualifications:

  • Exceptional litigation, analysis, and writing, along with consultative and persuasive communication skills
  • A working knowledge of the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as the laws of arrest, search and seizure and procedures for acquisition of evidence or determination of identity are also essential.
  • Experience working with or familiarity of the statewide grand jury process to investigate and charge cases will also be required of the attorney selected for this position.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
  • Trial litigation experience managing complex homicide and persons crimes cases, preferably at the felony level.
  • Interest or background in working with rural, non-metropolitan, law enforcement is preferred.

Candidates with a background or demonstrated interest in prosecuting Homicides, Human/Sex Trafficking and/or complex Narcotics Trafficking, including Opioid cases, Illicit Marijuana Cultivation and Distribution cases, as well as matters involving Tax/Election Fraud and Money Laundering, will be strongly considered.  Interest or background in working with rural, non-metropolitan, law enforcement is preferred.

Note: This position will be required to travel frequently, and may include overnight travel within the State of Colorado.

Conditions of Employment 

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • The Special Prosecutions Unit functions on a hybrid work model. Employees are expected to work in-office at least 3 days a week. Additional flexibility may be considered for employees who have demonstrated their contribution and commitment to the team.
  • State-wide travel is expected, including trips which may require long distance driving. A valid drivers license is required.
Please view the job announcement for more information, including information about compensation and benefits, and to apply online.
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