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Assistant Attorney General, Civil Litigation – Human Services Division

Minnesota Attorney General's Office
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022

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Government, Legal
Employment Status
Full Time

Job Details

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 9/26/2022

Closing Date: Priority given to those that apply by 10/10/2022. 10/24/2022 is the last day to apply.

S1 Salary Range: $67,515.00 annually - $104,850.00 annually

S2 Salary Range: $83,094.00 annually - $122,809.00 annually

S3 Salary Range: $93,480.00 annually - $151,116.00 annually


Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2022 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and 2022 Top Workplace USA — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect.  We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.


The Office is currently seeking two experienced attorneys to join its Human Services Division.


The human services division provides litigation services and legal counsel to the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), the state’s largest agency.  Attorneys in the division represent DHS in a broad range of cases involving health care, licensing, children and family services, and the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.  Attorneys regularly handle cases in state and federal district court, state and federal appellate courts, and the Office of Administrative Hearings.  Division attorneys have recently argued at the Minnesota Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit, and defended multiple class actions. 


A successful candidate in this position will be able to:

  • Represent DHS in different forums – from state and federal courts to administrative agency appeals
  • Work on all aspects of civil litigation, from initial answer or Rule 12 motion, through discovery, motion practice, mediation, trial, and appeal
  • Travel periodically throughout Minnesota, as cases can be venued anywhere in the state


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and license to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • Two years of civil litigation experience or equivalent
  • Proven ability to litigate independently and make strategic legal decisions on a diverse caseload
  • Ability to travel to counties across the state
  • Experience using electronic files and case management tools
  • Proven ability to contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
  • Proven ability to work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment

Along with a cover letter, applicants must also submit a writing sample of up to 5 pages.

To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 8 years of related experience.

To be considered at the S3 level, candidates must have 12 years of related experience.     

Why Work For Us 

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation, and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.


Public service with this office may qualify applicants to have part of their student loans forgiven under a federal student loan forgiveness program for state government employees.  (Visit for more information.)


Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.


How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 24, 2022.

  1. Go to;
  2. Apply for posting number 59364
  3. Direct Link




If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jake Pleschourt at or (651) 757-1057.


An Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive service to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.


We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at (651) 259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.



The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the State of Minnesota. The Office of the Attorney General represents the State of Minnesota on important legal matters that make a difference in the lives of our citizens and establishes and effectuates the legal policy for the State of Minnesota. The Office’s work involves significant and challenging constitutional, statutory, and enforcement matters.

Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The Office provides a range of legal practice opportunities to highly capable attorneys with the professional drive and abilities to perform exceptional legal work. We offer our lawyers the opportunity to do important legal work on behalf of the public, to assume a significant amount of responsibility over their files, and to expand on their litigation and courtroom experience.

Required Qualifications: Attorneys who wish to be considered for appointment as an Assistant Attorney General must have a proven and successful track record, superior academic credentials, outstanding analytical, research, writing, and communication skills, excellent judgment and character, and a professional deportment. Applicants must have the desire to serve the public with distinction and the professionalism, skills, and work ethic to put forth the very best legal work on behalf of the public. The selection process is highly competitive.

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