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The following position closes February 13, 2020

Assistant Solicitor General – Criminal Appeals Division

The Criminal Appeals Division has an opening for an Assistant Solicitor General. This position will be located in Salt Lake City and is open to the public.

The Utah Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division is hiring an Assistant Solicitor General to work in its post-conviction section. This is a unique practice that spans both criminal and civil trial courts, as well as appeals. Ideal candidates will possess intellectual rigor and be capable of working independently on matters requiring long-term strategy. This position handles a mix of cases at all levels of state and federal courts with significant responsibility and autonomy. This includes trial level matters in state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus proceedings, as well as appeals in those matters up through both the Utah and United States Supreme Courts; consulting with prosecutors statewide on death penalty and other felony prosecutions; and assisting prosecutors in evidentiary hearings challenging the effective assistance of trial counsel. This position includes defending valid death sentences, and incumbents must be willing to work on these high profile, high stakes matters. Excellent written and oral advocacy skills are necessary.

This position requires a broad skill set that includes criminal trials, civil litigation, appeals, and post-conviction litigation. The Division recognizes that few candidates will have deep experience in all of these areas, but significant experience in one or more is preferred, along with a desire to do the highest quality work. The Division encourages litigators with an interest in public service and a desire to develop expertise across these disciplines to apply.

Incumbents must either practice law as an active member of the Utah State Bar in good standing or be sworn into the Utah State Bar within the probationary period. Third year law students may apply, but offers will be contingent of the successful candidate passing the Utah State Bar within one year from the hire date. Some travel is required as incumbents will need to represent the State in criminal trials, civil litigation and other legal proceedings throughout the State.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to the Utah state jobs website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah, recruitment number 22700. The deadline for applying is Thursday, February 13, at 11:59 p.m. No phone calls please. The Attorney General’s Office is an equal opportunity employer. Security background checks are completed as a condition of employment.


The following position closes February 17, 2020

Assistant Attorney General – Litigation Division

The Litigation Division has an opening for an Assistant AttorneyGeneral. This position will be located in Salt Lake City and is open to the public.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office, Litigation Division, has an opening for an attorney to defend government entities and their employees in litigation involving employment disputes and related civil rights matters and to provide employment advice to client agencies. At least one year of complex civil litigation experience in state and federal courts is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience representing government entities and their employees in employment and civil rights matters. Applicant should possess excellent written and oral advocacy skills and should have the experience and ability to take over an existing caseload, draft complex dispositive motions, and try jury and non-jury cases of a complicated nature. Prior experience representing governmental entities preferred. Current membership in the Utah State Bar is required. Travel may be required as incumbents will need to represent their clients in civil litigation and other legal proceedings throughout the State.

Example of Duties

  • Prepares cases by conducting legal research and gathering evidence.
  • Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.
  • Determine needs in discovery, and/or completes discovery; participates in decision making and strategy sessions in preparing cases for court and determining evidence to be used.
  • Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and/or other written materials.
  • Receives, researches and responds to incoming questions or complaints; provides information, explains policy and procedures, and/or facilitates a resolution.
  • Represents the state or the employing agency in lawsuits, grievances, and complaints.
  • Drafts litigation working documents; prepares documents consisting of concise decisions based upon facts of case interpretations of law and compliance with state and federal standards.
  • Conduct conferences with defendants and/or attorneys and negotiate settlements.
  • Represents clients at formal or informal hearings.
  • May be required to travel to various locations and stay overnight.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to the Utah state jobs website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah, recruitment number 22661. The deadline for applying is Monday, February 17, at 11:59 p.m. No phone calls please. The Attorney General’s Office is an equal opportunity employer. Security background checks are completed as a condition of employment.


The following position closes February 20, 2020

Assistant Attorney General – Justice Division

The Justice Division has an opening for an Assistant Attorney General in the Family Justice Section, Criminal Nonsupport unit.This position will be located in Salt Lake and is open to the public.

The Justice Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office has an immediate opening for an experienced prosecuting attorney in the Family Justice Section, Criminal Nonsupport unit. The position requires a minimum of three years prosecution experience, but no more than eight years legal experience due to funding limitations. Applicants should clearly describe their criminal law and jury trial experience in their cover letter, with preference given to those with experience prosecuting felony crimes.

This position requires excellent written and oral advocacy skills and the ability to try both jury and bench trials. Salary is dependent on the applicant’s Utah State Bar admission date. For example, a lawyer with a Bar date of 2011 earns $36.57/hour.

The successful applicant must be a member of the Utah State Bar prior to beginning employment and have demonstrated the ability to work effectively with law enforcement agencies. Background checks are completed as a condition of employment. Travel is required as incumbents will need to represent the State in criminal trials and other legal proceedings throughout the State.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to the Utah state jobs website at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah, recruitment number 22870. A resume and writing sample must be uploaded to your profile as part of the application. The deadline for applying is Thursday, February 20th, at 11:59 p.m. No phone calls please. The Attorney General’s Office is an equal opportunity employer. Security background checks are completed as a condition of employment.



The Utah Attorney General’s Office is committed to fair and equal hiring practices. You can view our office’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Utilization Report here.

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