IPRA Attorney | ABQ

Government Counsel & Accountability Division

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Open until filled

Salary:

$37.19 – $66.94 Hourly

$77,354 – $139,238 Annually

Job Description: 

The New Mexico Department of Justice seeks a dynamic and experienced individual to join our team as the lead attorney for fulfilling Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) requests. The lead IPRA Attorney is responsible for overseeing and managing legal matters related to IPRA requests to the Office. Their primary focus is the timely, efficient, and effective processing of requests to inspect public records. The IPRA Lead Attorney works closely with the Special Counsel for the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General for Civil Affairs, and Director of Government Counsel & Accountability and collaborates with attorneys and legal professionals throughout the Department. 

Responsibilities

Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee and manage IPRA request fulfillment, including working with other attorneys, developing case strategies, and representing the New Mexico Department of Justice in court or administrative proceedings. 
  • Provide legal counsel and guidance on IPRA laws, regulations, and policies to the Office. 
  • Collaborate with other government agencies, community groups, and stakeholders to address IPRA and government transparency issues effectively. 
  • Develop and implement internal trainings to build institutional awareness about IPRA and government transparency. 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of policies and regulations aimed at IPRA law and government transparency. 
  • Engage in public policy discussions, testifying before legislative bodies, and promoting legislation or regulations that develop the legal framework impacting public records in New Mexico. 

Qualifications

Qualifications: 

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school. 
  • Admission to the New Mexico state bar and in good standing or the ability to acquire a limited law license. 
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in the practice of law. Preferred qualification of 6 years of experience in litigation, with a demonstrated experience processing IPRA requests and 3 years of management experience preferred. 
  • Strong knowledge of IPRA law, and other relevant legal areas. 
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a team of attorneys and legal professionals. 
  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service law. 
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