Closing Date: 13th July, 2022
This attorney will work in a high volume litigation practice entailing frequent state court docket and trial appearances. All attorneys in this division are assigned to a wide variety of clients according to the needs of the client agencies and the office, as well as the skills, experiences, and professional development needs of attorneys. Client agencies served by this division in this location include the Department of Labor and Industries in workers compensation matters; the Department of Children Youth and Families in juvenile dependency and termination of parental rights litigation as well as licensing of daycare, and foster care facilities; the Department of Social and Health Services in residential care facilities, adult boarding homes and in Adult Protective Services matters; the Department of Employment Security in unemployment compensation appeals; the Department of Licensing in driver's license revocation and suspension matters; as well as Columbia Basin College; Walla Walla Community College; and Educational Service District 123. The preferred candidate for this position should understand that he/she might be assigned to any of these client agencies depending on the needs of the office.
Based upon this combination of client agencies, work for Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs) in the Kennewick section can vary widely. Primary caseloads for this position will involve representation of the Department of Labor and Industries.
For representation of the Department of Labor and Industries, the assigned AAG can expect to:
- Analyze court files;
- Evaluate cases for settlement possibilities;
- Conduct discovery;
- Consult witnesses;
- Prepare witnesses and evidence for hearing or trial;
- Review reports submitted to the court;
- Prepare and respond to motions; and
- Issue briefs and memoranda within a relatively short time-frame.
In addition to meeting the requirements to serve as an Assistant Attorney General, the successful candidate in this position will have the following qualifications:
- Experience litigating cases in Superior Court and administrative forums;
- Experience presenting and defending motions;
- Experience interviewing and presenting witnesses;
- Experience providing client advice;
- Familiarity with the Washington Civil Rules and Washington Rules of Evidence, and the Administrative Procedures Act; and
- A demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and collaboration and promote a positive work environment that recognizes and respects all employees.
- Demonstrated ability to independently manage time, to identify and prioritize tasks necessary to complete, and to maintain a well-organized practice under significant caseload demands are essential.
To qualify and serve as an Assistant Attorney General, one 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.