Closing Date: 30th June, 2024


Summary of Duties:
The Appellate Division (APP) has oversight authority over most state and federal appeals handled by the Department of the Attorney General. The Division also serves as the primary contact point with other states for filing amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts across the country.

This Deputy is principally responsible for preparing briefs, motions, and other pleadings necessary to effectively represent the State of Hawai‘i — its departments, agencies, and employees — in state and federal appellate courts, including the Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA), the Hawai?i Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Deputy may handle oral arguments before those courts as well. Representation also extends to certain important, non-appellate legal matters that raise significant constitutional or other complex legal issues. This Deputy will also consult and advise attorneys in other divisions who are working on appeals, as well as prepare recommendations to the Attorney General for joining multi-state amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Education/Experience: Graduate from an accredited law school. Some experience with appellate practice and with constitutional issues preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge/Ability: Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Familiarity with federal and state rules of civil and criminal procedure, and federal and state appellate rules. Strong legal research and writing skills, including the ability to write logically and persuasively. Strong communication, organizational, and leadership skills. Ability to work efficiently and effectively either independently or collaboratively. Familiarity with and ability to utilize computer applications and software. Ability to exercise sound judgment and set personal and professional example
  • License/Certificate: Active Hawai?i State Bar License to practice law in all courts of the State of Hawai?i and the United States District Court for the District of Hawai?i.