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Assistant Attorney General


Section: Criminal Justice
Work Unit: Special Prosecutions
Position Number: LAA 09320 and LAA 09102
Job Location: 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Salary Range: $7,000.00 - $9,000.00
Release Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:00am
Apply By: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 5:00pm
Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA: Exempt
Position Type: Non-Classified

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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 Phil Weiser 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
• 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 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: This attorney is a part of the Special Prosecutions Unit within the Criminal Justice Section. This position primarily advises and assists local district attorneys and investigators in the investigation and prosecution of complex, multi-jurisdictional felony offenses. Litigation may include 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 superb 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, which enable the attorney 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 includes being able to master the unique issues involved in conducting voir dire, trial, and managing the jury instructions. In addition to litigation skills, effective and ongoing communication with local prosecutors and local law enforcement is essential. 

Qualifications:  Must be licensed to practice in Colorado courts or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and have at least 5 years of prosecution trial experience, including proven felony experience in State District Court.   While prior experience as a prosecutor is required, private practice experience may be considered and, depending upon the nature of such experience, may substitute for a portion of the foregoing 5-year requirement. 

Exceptional litigation, analysis, writing, along with consultive and persuasive communication skills are required. 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.  Working with the Statewide Grand Jury to investigate and charge cases will also be required of the attorney selected for this position.  

Note: Frequent, overnight travel within the State of Colorado will be required.

Preferred Qualifications and Areas of Specialized Interests:   Candidates with a proven background or demonstrated interest in prosecuting Environmental Crimes, Human/Sex Trafficking and/or complex Narcotics Trafficking, including Opioid cases, Illicit Marijuana Cultivation and Distribution cases, as well as matters involving Tax Fraud and Money Laundering, will be strongly considered.  

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

Please submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references and a writing sample to:

Rob Shapiro
First Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Justice Section, Special Prosecutions Unit
Phone: 720-508-6715
Fax: 720-508-6036

NOTE: There are currently two position vacancies for this announcement.