Minimum Qualifications Applicants must have at least two (2) or more years (including clerkships, if any) of federal and/or state court civil litigation. Superior writing, analytic, oral advocacy, and organizational skills are 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. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
Duties Description The Mental Health Section of the Litigation Bureau in the New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking an experienced and motivated litigator to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York City office. The Litigation Bureau defends the State of New York and its agencies and officers in state and federal courts in civil actions and proceedings relating to civil rights, education, social services, public employment, public health, law enforcement, corrections, state finance, insurance, taxation, and other matters arising out of state legislation, regulation and operations.
Attorneys assigned to the Mental Health Section of the Litigation Bureau primarily defend the Office of Mental Health, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and their facilities, officers, and employees in constitutional, civil rights, and employment litigation. Among other things, the Mental Health Section handles class actions and complex civil rights litigation challenging important policies, practices, and programs concerning the care and treatment of individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and addictions to substances. The Section’s litigation addresses a wide range of issues, including alleged substantive and procedural due process violations, employment discrimination, the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion, and constitutional challenges to state statutes, regulations, and policies. In addition, the attorneys in the Mental Health Section represent the Office of Mental Health in involuntary civil commitment proceedings under the Mental Hygiene Law, as well as retention hearings under the Criminal Procedure Law. Attorneys handle all phases of litigation from inception through trial and appear in court frequently.
Additional Comments OAG employees serve more than 19.85 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.
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 email@example.com 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. Reference No. LIT/MHS_AAG_NYC_3223
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
• Transcript (if less than five years postgraduate)
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.
If you have questions about a position with the OAG, the application process or assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: www.ag.ny.gov.