Assistant Attorney General - Government Litigation | Santa Fe

Government Litigation Division

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Apply by 06/09/2024

Salary

$37.19 – $66.94 Hourly

$77,354 – $139,238 Annually

This position is a Pay Band LH

Posting Details

The New Mexico Department of Justice is charged with representing the state of New Mexico in a wide array of matters, both civil and criminal in nature, from state and federal courts to administrative proceedings and other appearances, in which the state is a party or in which the Attorney General decides that participation is required by the interest of the State.

This posting will be used for ongoing recruitment and may close at any time.  Applicant lists may be screened more than once.

This posting may be used to fill multiple positions.

Why does the job exist?

The Government Litigation Division of the New Mexico Department of Justice handles some of the state’s most dynamic civil litigation, and represents state agencies, public officials, and the judiciary in state and federal courts. Representation can include defending civil lawsuits, defending constitutional issues, defending judges and state officials in writ petitions, and participating in affirmative litigation matters on behalf of the State of New Mexico. The Division also administratively prosecutes cases for over 30 state professional licensing boards and commissions and assists the Office of the Solicitor General with civil appellate matters. The Division also serves as a mentoring and training ground for attorneys with less experience who wish to obtain more experience and develop a civil litigation practice.

How does it get done?

Individuals selected for this position are expected to set a standard of excellence and will be responsible for independently overseeing civil and administrative matters. Attorneys in the Division with less experience in civil litigation matters will be provided with appropriate mentorship and supervision and will be provided with access to trainings and seminars to assist with the development of their practice. Attorneys with higher levels of experience in civil litigation will be expected to provide mentorship and supervision to attorneys with less experience.

Other key responsibilities include:
Representing state agencies, the New Mexico Department of Justice and the State of New Mexico in a wide-variety of civil actions with a primary focus on defensive litigation. Clients can include the New Mexico Secretary of State, state agencies, the Legislature, the Governor, administrative boards and commissions, and public bodies. The Division provides representation to clients in State and Federal Courts and in front of administrative boards and commissions. Opportunities for collaboration with other Divisions in the Agency may be available when such matters arise, including but not limited to appellate litigation, multi-state litigation, criminal affairs, and other legal and policy matters.

Who are the customers?

The Attorney General is the attorney for the State of New Mexico and the work of an Assistant Attorney General is broadly done for the State of New Mexico. When representing an assigned client, the work is done for the respective state agency, state official, or judge.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and either (1) a background of diverse litigation experience, or (2) an interest in learning and developing their knowledge of civil litigation to further grow and develop their practice.

An ideal candidate with higher levels of civil litigation experience should have the following skills and interests:
1. An interest in public policy and/or experience in matters in which the government is a party, including but not limited to experience as a staff attorney, a state general counsel, a prosecutor, or as a contract attorney; and experience with administrative law that includes reading, interpreting, and applying statutes and regulations.
2. Diverse and extensive litigation experience in both state and federal courts involving government entities, and a thorough understanding of the rules of civil and appellate procedure.
3. Proven record managing complex litigation, including discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation managing or directing groups of other attorneys and staff.
4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, a fervent commitment to teamwork and leadership, proficiency learning new technology, and the ability to independently multi-task in a high volume environment with the possibility of frequent interruptions.

An ideal candidate with less experience in civil litigation should have the following skills and interests:
1. An interest in public policy and/or some experience in matters in which the government is a party, including, but not limited to, experience as a staff attorney, a general counsel, a prosecutor, or as a contract attorney. Experience with administrative law that includes reading, interpreting, and applying statutes and regulations is desired but not required.
2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, a fervent commitment to teamwork, proficiency learning new technology, and a dedicated interest in learning new civil litigation skills and developing a civil litigation practice.

Minimum Qualification

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law. Must be licensed as an attorney by the Supreme Court of New Mexico or qualified to apply for limited practice license (Rules 15-301.1 and 15-301.2 NMRA). For more information on limited practice licenses, please visit http://nmexam.org/limited-license/

Employment Requirements

All Attorney classifications must be and remain licensed as an attorney, in good standing, by the Supreme Court of New Mexico, or licensed as an attorney and in good standing by the highest court of another state and eligible pursuant to the limited license provisions (See Rules 15-301.1 and 15-301.2 NMRA).

Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or
must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment as some statewide travel maybe required. Employment requires successful completion of post offer preemployment physical and is subject to criminal background check and is conditional pending results of criminal background check. Must be a citizen of the United States; be eighteen (18) years of age or older; be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony offense by a court of this state, any other state or the United States.

Working Conditions

Office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting, including during public meetings and hearings. Must be able to lift 25 lbs, and some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required. Travel will be required, including occasional overnight trips, and candidates must have or be able to obtain a New Mexico drivers license in order to receive a certification to drive a state vehicle upon employment.

Supplemental Information

Benefits:

Agency Contact Information: Tim Maestas

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

 

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.