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Assistant Attorney General

Details

Section: State Services
Work Unit: Public Utilities Commission
Job Location: 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Salary Range: $6,486.00 - $8,000.00
Release Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:45am
Apply By: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 5:00pm
Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA: Exempt
Position Type: Non-Classified

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Duties

Find a rewarding career making a difference:
Join the Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law Team!

The Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law is the largest law firm in the State.  The Attorney General is elected by popular vote of the statewide electorate and is the State's chief lawyer and law enforcement official.

Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman oversees the Department and manages a wide range of responsibilities, including:

• Prosecuting and defending all civil and criminal actions in which the State has an interest, including on appeal
• Defending the laws and the Constitution of the State of Colorado
• Protecting consumers from scams and fraudulent activity
• Serving as legal advisor to officers of the State of Colorado and defending them from legal challenge
• Protecting and preserving Colorado’s natural resources
• Advocating for policies that help law enforcement improve community safety
• Investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud throughout the State

In addition to the challenging and impactful work being done at the Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law, there are many other benefits to joining the Attorney General’s team:

• Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
• Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA’s Defined Benefit Plan or PERA’s Defined Contribution Plan, including 401K and 457 plans
• Medical and dental health plans
• Paid life insurance
• Short and long-term disability coverage
• Paid vacation and sick leave earned each month
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Free access to a fitness center located in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
• Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and understands that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public.  We encourage candidates with diverse qualities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

Information About the Job: The State Services Section is seeking an attorney to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Unit.  The attorney will counsel the Commissioners of the Public Utilities Commission regarding complex legal issues in the areas of transportation, telecommunications, gas, electric, steam, gas pipeline safety, and water utility issues.  The PUC Unit’s work includes constitutional, statutory, and federal and state regulatory issues.  The Unit is responsible for reviewing testimony and evidence in evidentiary hearings before the PUC, conducting cross-examination of witnesses on behalf of the Commissioners, reviewing and analyzing written pleadings, motions, and petitions in matters before the PUC, analyzing proposed rules, and drafting Commission orders.  The Unit closely works with Commissioners’ technical advisors and provides general counsel to the Commissioners and Commission Staff.  The Unit also represents the PUC in appeals of its orders to state and federal district and appellate courts. 

PUC Unit attorneys conduct legal research and provide legal advice on either an ad hoc basis or through the preparation of formal and informal legal briefs.  The position requires an ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment, and provide legal services to a sophisticated client.  The attorney will interact and communicate with a wide variety of personnel, including Commissioners, engineers, financial advisors, economists and administrative staff.  The successful candidate must have the ability to respond nimbly to a variety of legal issues as necessary.

Qualifications: Candidates must be licensed to practice law and in good standing in Colorado at the time of application, or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar.  Candidates should have at least three years of civil practice experience, preferably related to utility regulation.  Strong academic, research, writing and interpersonal communication skills are essential. 

All final candidates for employment must successfully pass a criminal background check.

How to Apply:  Please submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references and a writing sample via email to:
Terri Connell, Office Manager
Colorado Department of Law
State Services Section
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 6th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80203
Email:  terri.connell@coag.gov