Assistant Attorney General - Environmental & Natural Resources Section

*To move forward in the recruiting process ALL applicants are required to:

  1. Attach a current Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Attach "Department of Law Employment Application(click link to obtain: http://law.georgia.gov/careers/application-forms)
  4. Attach two (2) writing samples
  5. Attach copies of official undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted for application process)
  6. Attach copies of official law school transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted for application process)
  7. Answer all prescreening questions 
  8. If the file is too large to attach please email the document(s) to hr@law.ga.gov to include the position title - application material(s) in the subject line

 

The mission of the Department of Law is to serve the citizens of the State of Georgia by providing legal representation of the highest quality to the agencies, officers and employees of state government and by honorably and vigorously carrying out the constitutional and statutory responsibilities of the Attorney General.  

Job Summary

Attorneys in this Section work to enforce the various environmental statutes of the State of Georgia.  Client agencies include the Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Department of Agriculture, Coastal Resource Division, Forestry Commission, and Historic Preservation Division (among others).  The attorney will conduct enforcement actions against violators and defend the client agencies in the Office of State Administrative Hearings and in state and federal courts.  The attorney will provide formal and informal advice to clients.  Due to the evolving nature of environmental law, the attorney will need to keep abreast of recent legal developments and review sign-on opportunities for letters, comments and amicus briefs that may impact client agencies.  Some travel may be necessary.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Litigates cases:
    • participates in administrative hearings and appears in state and federal courts to try cases and argue motions and appeals;
    • researches and prepares pleadings, motions and briefs;
    • works with expert witnesses;
    • participates in settlement negotiations;
    • prepares discovery requests and responses.
    • Provides legal advice and/or representation to clients/agencies; drafts memoranda of advice.
    • Conducts research on pertinent legal issues; keeps abreast of recent legal developments.
    • Participates in multistate working groups.
    • Reviews sign-on opportunities for letters, comments and amicus briefs.
    • Drafts formal and informal opinions in response to legal questions.
    • Responds to inquiries from citizens, legislators, and judges.
    • Attends client, board, departmental, and division meetings as required.
    • Attends continuing legal education seminars as required; makes presentations at same
    • Travel, as required by the position (typically not much travel is required)
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title.  They may not include all job duties performed by employees on this job title, and every position does not necessarily require these duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited law school and Member of the Georgia Bar

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who possess one or more items below:

  • Three years of litigation experience, an administrative law and/or environmental law background, and excellent writing skills.

 

Additional Information:

A criminal background check is completed on all candidates; employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory results of the background investigation.  Candidates that are being strongly considered for the position will also be required to submit a Department of Law employment application & waiver, Georgia Department of Revenue Tax Clearance letter and copies of official college transcripts.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail.  All applicants will be considered, but may be screened for the preferred qualifications of the position, and may not necessarily receive an interview.  Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.  

SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE.  

Assistant Attorney General - Environmental & Natural Resources Section