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ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL – EDUCATION DIVISION

Employer
Minnesota Attorney General's Office
Location
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Start date
Jun 17, 2024
Closing date
Jul 11, 2024

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Category
Education, Legal
Job Type
Employee
Employment Status
Full Time

Job Details

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 6/14/2024

Closing Date: 7/2/2024

 

S1 Salary Level: $36.40 - $57.47 / hourly; $76,003 - $119,997 / annually

S2 Salary Level:  $50.53 - $78.30 / hourly; $105,506 - $163,490 / annually

S3 Salary Level: $54.12 - $83.57 / hourly; $113,002 - $174,494 / annually

Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison 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 choose public service as a calling, and we are actively and intentionally committed to supporting an internal culture that affirms that calling. The Office is one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and as of 2024, has been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and Top Workplace USA for three years in a row.

The Office is currently seeking an Assistant Attorney General in the Education Division of the Office. The attorney’s primary caseload will involve representing the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in lawsuits and administrative proceedings.  The attorney may also advise and represent one or more of the three public pension funds in litigation.  This work may include opportunities to defend claims that Minnesota statutes are unconstitutional or to work on cases of state-wide impact.

A successful candidate will have the opportunity to support the mission of the office by:

  • Litigating cases in state and federal district courts and at the Office of Administrative Hearings;
  • Advising agency clients during administrative appeals; 
  • Acting as lead counsel in all phases of assigned cases, including pleading, discovery, trial, and appeal with minimal oversight; 
  • Assisting and supporting other attorneys in the division on cases requiring more than one attorney; and
  • Responding to citizen inquiries.

This position requires travel to counties throughout the state.

This position is eligible for a hybrid work environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • Three years of complex civil litigation experience (clerkship experience will be considered)
  • Experience using electronic files, case management tools, and e-discovery platforms
  • Excellent research and writing skills (a cover letter with a writing sample of up to five pages are required with application submission)
  • An interest in handling cases involving complex statutory schemes
  • Ability to:
    • litigate autonomously and make strategic legal decisions as lead counsel on a diverse caseload
    • counsel and advise clients throughout all stages of a case
  • Proven ability to:
    • contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
    • work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment
    • multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines  

 

IMPORTANT! All applicants must prepare two documents to upload and submit with their application: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages) in one document.

To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 6 years of related experience.  To be considered at the S3 level, candidates must have 12 years of related experience.       

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five or more years of complex litigation experience, including the use of experts at trial
  • Knowledge of state and federal education laws, knowledge of state and federal laws governing public pensions, or a proven track record of handling cases that implicate complex statutory schemes
  • Knowledge of administrative law

 

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 Tuesday, July 2, 2024.

  1. Go to www.mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 77646
  3. Direct Link

Do not forget to upload: 1) Resume; and 2) A cover letter with a writing sample (of up to five pages).

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact K.C. Moua at kc.moua@ag.state.mn.us or (651) 757-1279.

Company

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.

Company info
Website
Telephone
651-757-1199
Location
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul
MN
55101
US

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