Closing Date: 4th December, 2023


Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact the recruitment team at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or

All employees and volunteers of the Washington State Attorney General's Office serve a crucial role in the protection of the state, its people and resources, thereby providing an incomparable degree of job satisfaction. The AGO is composed of diverse, collegial and supremely talented legal professionals who are resolute in their commitment to public service and share the common goal of advancing the public interest. For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's Annual Report which can be found HERE ( (Download PDF reader) ( and view THIS VIDEO (

The Office appreciates the benefits of a healthy life-work balance as well as a respectful, inclusive and diverse workplace. Successful candidates will join an Office in which every person is committed to providing exceptional legal services and where individual professional development is encouraged and supported. The exceptional benefits of joining the AGO include:
  • A competitive benefit package that includes affordable medical plan options, dental benefits and retirement plans
  • Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Military and Civil Leave and Paid Holidays
  • Transparent salary schedule - AAG salaries are set between $74,520 and $139,572. The exact amount is set in accordance with Appendix B of the AWAAG CBA (
  • The AGO will pay the general bar dues of someone who begins their assignment on or before January 31st per Article 10.8 of the AWAAG CBA (
  • Flex schedules and telecommuting options
  • A formal AAG mentoring program that complements the AGO's inherently collegial and supportive environment
  • Health and wellness program
  • Training and career development program that is recognized for its excellence and efficacy by AGOs nationwide

The WA State Attorney General's Office's Government Compliance and Enforcement Division ( (GCE) seeks applicants for an opening in its Liquor and Cannabis Board Section.

This position will represent the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), and may serve as a back up to other section clients. GCE represents LCB in its effort to promote public safety by enforcing the state's liquor, cannabis and tobacco laws and regulations in cases involving licensed businesses.

GCE is a professional and inclusive work environment where teamwork, high quality legal service, and work-life balance are highly valued. GCE includes 53 attorneys and professional staff located on the Capitol Campus with direct access to downtown Olympia and the beautiful State Capitol grounds. GCE provide legal services to nearly 40 state agencies, boards, and commissions, including those that protect citizens by regulating health care providers, insurers, liquor and marijuana establishments, gambling, campaign finance, ethics, financial institutions, and more. GCE offers the opportunity for client assignments to change over time and attorneys can gain experience with a wide variety of client agencies and areas of the law.

The successful candidate will be part of a section that includes 8 attorneys and a paralegal, and will represent LCB in licensing and enforcement actions. Section attorneys primarily litigate before the Office of Administrative Hearings, while also handling some cases in Superior Court and the state's appellate courts under the judicial review provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Duties include writing, presenting and responding to motions, interviewing and presenting witnesses, providing client advice related to the litigation, evaluating cases for settlement possibilities, and appearing for hearings.

These positions involves a high volume, fast-paced litigation caseload. The attorney must be able to prioritize and multi-task. A typical workday could include:
  • Conducting research;
  • Drafting pleadings;
  • Interviewing witnesses;
  • Attending status conferences or hearings;
  • Consulting with supervisors or co-workers; or
  • Meeting with a client.

In addition to meeting the requirements to serve as an Assistant Attorney General, we seek an attorney who:
  • Has a demonstrated commitment to public service;
  • Has litigation experience at the administrative, state and/or federal level;
  • Has strong interpersonal, analytical, and writing skills;
  • The ability to develop and maintain strong client relationships; and
  • Values a diverse, creative and collaborative work environment.

Experience with the APA is preferred, but not required. This is a full-time position that involves occasional travel, depending on hearing locations.

Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program; and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. (Applicants who meet the other stated qualifications and are actively pursuing admission by motion will also be considered.) The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protecting the rights of its people.

Supplemental Information:
This Assistant Attorney General position is represented by the Association of Washington Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) / Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. AAG salaries are set between $74,520 and $139,572. The exact amount is set in accordance with Appendix B of the AWAAG CBA ( A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued. The health, safety and professional satisfaction of all AGO staff and volunteers is critical to fulfilling the mission of the AGO to provide exceptional legal services. Complementing and fostering this goal is a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, as evidenced in the AGO's environmental policies. (

Interested applicants must apply by hitting the "apply" button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system, preferably as PDFs:
  • A letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
  • Writing sample.

If you have questions about this position and/or want to learn more about it before applying, we welcome and encourage you to contact Section Chief Penny Allen at or (360) 586-1520.

Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact the recruitment team at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or