Minimum Qualifications Applicants must have prior management experience (senior level management experience is preferred) and at least ten (10) years of complex civil litigation experience. Excellent legal writing, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to public service, are also required.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that attorneys in the Office be citizens of the United States.
Duties Description The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking an outstanding, experienced attorney to lead the Division of Social Justice as its Executive Deputy Attorney General (EDAG). As an EDAG, this attorney will be a member of the Attorney General’s senior legal team, reporting to the Attorney General and the Chief Deputy Attorneys. The EDAG of the Social Justice Division oversees the management of the Division’s legal practice and operations, including supervising the Division’s Bureau Chiefs.
The following is a description of each of the bureaus in the Division of Social Justice and some recent investigations/litigations:
Charities Bureau: The Charities Bureau is the regulator of charities in New York State. The Bureau is responsible for protecting: charitable organizations, donors and beneficiaries from fraudulent practices; the charitable interest in real estate and corporate transactions by not-for-profit entities; and the public interest in charitable gifts and bequests set forth in wills and trust agreements. Recent matters include a series of investigations targeting shell charities and their professional fundraisers, who make misrepresentations about the purported work of the charities (e.g., cancer research or veteran services) and retain nearly all of the funds raised.
Civil Rights Bureau: The Civil Rights Bureau protects New Yorkers’ fundamental rights and liberties and enforces laws that protect all New Yorkers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, disability, and source of income. Recent litigation includes challenges to: the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program; the cancellation of voter registrations in violation of state and federal election law; and protestors’ conduct that impedes the right to gain access to a reproductive health care clinic.
Environmental Protection Bureau: The Environmental Protection Bureau – through both affirmative litigation and defending New York and its departments in environmental litigation – addresses a wide range of critical environmental issues, such as climate change, air and water pollution, toxic and hazardous substances and waste, nuclear power plant safety, conservation of natural resources, and energy efficiency. Recent matters include challenges to federal agency actions delaying and rescinding federal regulations limiting climate change and conventional air pollutants, reducing the scope of federal water pollution control, and permitting the continued use of a toxic pesticide harmful to children.
Health Care Bureau: The Health Care Bureau addresses fraudulent or other illegal practices in the health care market by, among others, insurers, health care providers, and drug companies. The Health Care Bureau also addresses public health issues and monitors compliance with the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Recent matters include settlement agreements with major health plans to ensure the plans’ compliance with mental health parity laws and a post-trial judgment against UPS for over $240,000,000 for illegally shipping cigarettes.
Labor Bureau: The Labor Bureau brings civil and criminal actions for violations of minimum wage, overtime, prevailing wage, and other critical labor laws, primarily in low-wage sectors, such as car wash, home health care, and fast food. Recent matters include: litigation asserting that a national fast-food franchisor is a joint employer of franchise-store employees; investigations resulting in agreements with employers for misuse of non-compete
agreements to restrict rank-and-file workers; and leadership of a multi-state inquiry resulting in agreements with numerous nationwide retailers to end the practice of on-call scheduling. The Labor Bureau also represents the New York State Department of Labor in challenges to its enforcement actions, and the Department of Labor and Workers’ Compensation Board in appeals of unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation benefit determinations.
Additional Comments Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.
Salary commensurate with experience.
PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified in the “Notes on Applying” section, the “Application Due” date associated with this posting is not the last day applications can be submitted. Applications for this position will be accepted by the hiring bureau on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected; recruitment for this position can be closed or suspended at any time. For the most current information on available position vacancies, applicants are advised to review the Office of the New York State Attorney General website (www.ag.ny.gov/job-postings) or contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.
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Notes on ApplyingHOW TO APPLY
Applications are being received online. To apply, please visit our website at http://www.ag.ny.gov/job-postings. The reference number for the position is Reference No. DSJ_EDAG_NYC_3127.
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
• Cover Letter (You may address to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment)
• List of three (3) references with contact information and email addresses
• Writing Sample
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.
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For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: www.ag.ny.gov.