Closing Date: 21st August, 2022

Description:

The Licensing and Administrative Law Division seeks applicants to fill as many as three (3) project Assistant Attorney General positions, funded through June 2023. One position may be based in Seattle, and as many as two in Olympia.

Duties
The Licensing and Administrative Law (LAL) Division is a collegial, collaborative environment providing opportunities for a great variety of legal experiences and individual and professional growth. LAL is comprised of 31 attorneys and professional staff that are located in the Olympia and Seattle sections. LAL’s work touches the lives of all Washingtonians and focuses on promoting public safety, protecting the economy, and preserving public integrity and trust. The division provides legal advice and litigation services to two large clients, the Department of Licensing and Employment Security Department (ESD). LAL has played a leading role in Washington’s response to the COVID-19 emergency, particularly as ESD has provided economic support to millions of Washingtonians. LAL also represents multiple boards and commissions and provides a range of litigation and advice services, on dynamic, interesting, and challenging issues. We strive to consistently exemplify AGO core values: delivering high-quality legal services; conducting ourselves with integrity, professionalism, civility, and transparency; and promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace that values, respects, and supports our employees. We enjoy our work, our colleagues, and our clients.

These project AAG positions will play an essential role in providing litigation and advice services for ESD on unemployment issues, directly related to the pandemic and its economic effects. In 2020, ESD experienced the greatest unemployment claims volume in the history of the agency and was charged with implementing multiple new programs and adjusting to changing conditions and guidance. Needed litigation services include handling unemployment benefits appeals under the Administrative Procedure Act in superior courts throughout the State, and handling or assisting with defense of original actions filed in state and/or federal courts for mandamus, injunctive, declaratory, or damages relief. This involves legal research, motion practice, briefing, oral argument, and discovery. Litigation may also include assistance with securing fraudulent fund recoveries or with audits and premium assessment appeals. While the bulk of the project positions’ work is expected to be for litigation services, the positions may also be called upon to help, as a member of a team, with advice on state and federal benefit programs that are essential for families’ health and welfare.” This includes advice on legislation, rulemaking, public records, communications, audits, fund recoveries, employer premiums and relief, overpayment and collections, contracts, and more.

As noted earlier, these are project positions and continued employment after June 2023 cannot be guaranteed at this time. Regardless, experience has shown that the high-level skills, experiences, and opportunities obtained from serving as an AAG in a non-permanent role results in individuals who are highly competitive and qualified when applying for future AGO opportunities at or towards the end of these temporary appointments.

Qualifications
The following competencies are required:
  • Communicator: Strong oral and written communication skills, understanding of one’s audience, and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Problem-Solver: Skill in identifying and resolving problems, including excellent research and analytical skills and ability to exercise appropriate judgment—paying attention to detail while aware of big picture perspective and the need for inclusion of others affected by decisions;
  • Self-Starter: Ability to multitask and prioritize workload, stay organized, work independently, meet tight deadlines, and provide timely client services; and,
  • Professional: Demonstrated ability to maintain productive working relationships, to meet administrative responsibilities, and to work collaboratively with team members to promote a positive work environment that recognizes and respects all employees.
  • Litigation experience and/or experience with unemployment issues or administrative law practice, while a plus, is not a requirement.
  • Litigation experience and/or experience with unemployment issues or administrative law practice, while a plus, is not a requirement.

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. 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 protect the rights of its people.