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The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.
The agency is highly respected for the quality of its legal work and the professionalism and ethical standards of its staff and leadership. The AGO’s dedicated team members of 600 attorneys and 600 professional staff often cite the AGO’s broad mandate, offering challenging, diverse work in the public interest, as reasons to join the office — and opportunities for professional growth, along with a collegial atmosphere, as reasons to stay. 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.
- The Counsel for Environmental Protection unit of the Attorney General’s Office seeks an attorney to initiate and lead criminal environmental prosecution. As an Assistant Attorney General (AAG), this person will handle or assist in all phases of criminal environmental investigation and enforcement cases before Washington trial and appellate courts. Areas of investigation and prosecution will include illegal dumping, habitat destruction, disposal of hazardous and solid waste, asbestos, toxics, and fish and wildlife crimes, including unlawful trafficking in endangered species.
Attorneys in our unit prosecute cases such as State v. Cayo, State v. Pillon, and State v. Broad Band Environmental. Recent cases include the first charges under the Washington Animal Trafficking Act.
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. Within the AGO, this person will work closely with a senior criminal investigator and a division chief as part of a division consisting of six attorneys and three professional staff. This position will handle cases across the State, and therefore may require some travel for court appearances, discovery, investigation, and outreach. We are committed to high-quality work and value collaboration, diversity, creativity, and collegiality.
Duties of the prosecutor in the Counsel for Environmental Protection will include:
- Directing and assisting in investigations;
- Offering direction and guidance for the criminal investigator;
- Drafting briefing materials, pleadings, motions and memoranda from initial filing through post-judgment proceedings;
- Motions practice, trials, and participating in post-trial proceedings including any appeals; and
- Outreach and training about environmental crimes for regulators, investigators, and other attorneys.
While the position is based in the AGO’s downtown Seattle office, travel around the state is expected.
- Over four years of criminal prosecution experience are required. Additionally, we seek candidates that offer experience in litigation, especially in white-collar or corporate crimes or complex prosecution. We look for candidates who have excellent judgment and who successfully handle multiple time-sensitive assignments. Exceptional candidates will have experience in environmental law, as well as experience working with underrepresented or ethnically diverse communities or groups, or an ability to read, write or speak in another language in addition to English.
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.
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- AGO salaries are based on experience, qualifications and are commensurate with comparable positions in the AGO. 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.
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;
- Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
- Writing sample.
If you have questions about these positions and/or wish to learn more about them before applying, we encourage and welcome you to contact Division Chief Bill Sherman at (206) 442-4485. The deadline to apply is July 22, 2019.
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NOTE! A background check consisting of employment history, professional references and educational verification (e.g., degree, license, or official transcript) may be conducted. Prior to any offer, the applicant 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.
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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 Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. 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.
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