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Washington State Assistant Attorney General - Environmental Protection Division (Civil and Criminal Cases) in Seattle, Washington

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*Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or *www.washingtonrelay.com.

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 and view THIS VIDEO.

The *Environmental Protection Division* seeks to fill a rare Assistant Attorney General position tasked with both litigating civil environmental cases and prosecuting state environmental crimes, joining a team of dedicated, talented attorneys and professional staff. Duties

*The attorney hired to fill this role will have a hybrid criminal and civil case portfolio. *The environmental crimes prosecution duties will include handling or assisting in all phases of criminal environmental investigation and enforcement cases before Washington trial and appellate courts. Areas of enforcement include illegal dumping, habitat destruction, disposal of hazardous and solid waste, illegal removal or disposal of asbestos, and fish and wildlife crimes including unlawful trafficking in endangered species. Attorneys in our unit prosecute cases such as State v. Rooney, State v. Cayo, State v. Pillon, and State v. Broad Band Environmental. This position will work with partners across a wide variety of local, state, and federal agencies, including the Department of Ecology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The civil litigation duties will include developing and litigating environmental matters brought under the Attorney General's independent authority. Such matters include: Washington v. Monsanto, seeking damages associated with polychlorinated biphenyls; Washington v. Perry, regarding worker exposure to tank vapors at the Hanford nuclear facility; Washington et al. v. Bernhardt, _challenging oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Washington v. Crown Resources, _suing a gold mining company for violations of state and federal water pollution law; and California v. Bernhardt, challenging the rollback of regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. As these cases indicate, this position's work will include cases arising under state or federal law, and may relate to a wide range of environmental topics, such as water and air quality, habitat protection, toxic chemicals, climate change, and worker safety. We often collaborate closely with other divisions in the Attorney General's Office, law enforcement agencies, environmental and natural resource agencies at the federal, state, and local level, and community stakeholders.

Duties typical of attorneys within the Division include:

  • Directing and assisting in investigations and case development;

  • Developing creative litigation strategies to address complex legal issues;

  • Negotiating with defense counsel on potential plea agreements;

  • *Drafting pleadings, motions and memoranda from initial filing through post-judgment proceedings; *

  • *Conducting all aspects of discovery; *

  • Appearing for pre-trial hearings, trying cases to jury or bench, and participating in post-trial proceedings including any appeals; and

  • Representing the AGO in public settings on matters that may be of a sensitive or high-profile nature.

This position may require occasional travel, including overnight trips. The AGO is currently working remotely due to COVID-19; it is likely that that will still be the case when this position is filled. Qualifications

Requirements for the position include:

  • *Five or more years combined criminal and civil litigation experience; *

  • *Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and collaboration and promote a positive work environment that recognizes and respects all employees; *

  • *Ability to maintain productive working relationships across the division and with stakeholders, helping to identify and resolve problems; *

  • *Strong analytical, research, and writing skills; *

  • *Excellent judgment; *

  • Experience successfully handling multiple time-sensitive assignments; and

  • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates difference.

Highly preferred qualifications include:

  • Three or more years each of experience in criminal prosecution and civil environmental litigation, including citizen suits under federal environmental law and suits under the Administrative Procedure Act; and

  • An ability to read, write or speak a second language.

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.

NOTE! The applicants selected will be required to submit to and pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check conducted by the Washington State Patrol, Criminal Records Division. The incumbent will submit to additional background checks as a condition of employment every five (5) years thereafter. 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 start at $69,396. Ultimately, AAG salaries are set in accordance with the AWAAG CBA. The position's location is King County and thus the person hired would be eligible for 5% King County Assignment pay per legislative action. 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, as well as along-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, is 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:

  • 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, please contact Division Chief Bill Sherman at 206-442-4485 or Bill.Sherman@atg.wa.gov. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.

*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 Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Location: King County - Seattle - Downtown Business, WA

Job Type: Exempt

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2021-00285

Closing: 2/8/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

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