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The following position closes January 5, 2020

Legal Assistant – Litigation Division

There is an opening for a Paralegal to work in the Employment Section of the Litigation Division, but this person may also work in the torts and civil rights area. This position will be will be located in Salt Lake and is open to the public.

The Attorney General’s Office, Litigation Division, Employment Section, has an opening for a Legal Assistant (Paralegal) position. At least two years of experience working as a legal assistant is required. Preference may be given to experience in complex litigation. The Legal Assistant will work under the general direction of attorneys, and other legal assistants, primarily in the area of employment law, but may also work in the torts and civil rights area. In accordance with the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct, Legal Assistants may perform minor legal tasks which would otherwise be performed by an attorney. This position requires at least an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from an accredited institution, or a bachelor’s degree in a related field. In addition, applicants should have experience working as a paralegal. Projects are complex in nature and often involve large quantities of documents, including electronically stored information and data.The Legal Assistant should have sufficient direct legal experience to be given moderate independence in planning and completing their assignments. The Legal Assistant will conduct factual research; compile and organize information obtained throughout litigation; review and manage case files and be responsible for maintaining document control and management; search public and private records; draft routine legal documents; and assist attorneys in preparing and formatting electronic pleadings, motions and other documents for filing in state and federal courts and other forums. The Legal Assistant will also assist attorneys in investigations and case preparation to include, gathering evidence and preparing displays for trial and assisting attorneys in locating, obtaining, tracking and disseminating information and evidence. The Legal Assistant should be comfortable with processing electronic documents, electronic discovery and case management and be proficient with modern legal office technologies, including: Microsoft Office, Gmail, Google Drive, Adobe Acrobat Pro,Westlaw, e-filing and case management/document management software. The Legal Assistant will be expected to produce quality work product, occasionally under tight deadlines, and work in a team environment.

May underfill.

Examples of Duties:

  • Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and/or other written materials.
  • Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data; reports findings, interprets results and/or makes recommendations.
  • Searches, retrieves and/or researches public and private records in accordance with applicable state and federal laws governing access to these records.
  • 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.
  • Conducts interviews to gather or clarify information.
  • Maintains document control, tracking and tracing; reviews case files and/or digests trial folders, etc.
  • Prepares trial or hearing materials including designing questionnaires, organizing evidence, preparing trial displays and exhibits, locating, obtaining, tracking and disseminating information/evidence, etc.
  • Manages trial exhibits and evidence; ensures procedures are followed/completed; takes notes and makes observations during proceeding; participates in planning and strategy sessions, etc.
  • Plans and conducts meetings.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to the Utah state jobs website at www.statejobs.utah.gov, recruitment number 21976.  The deadline for applying is Sunday, January 5, 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 January 8, 2020

Assistant Attorney General – Natural Resources Division

The Natural Resources Division has an opening for an Assistant Attorney General to represent the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining. This position will be located in Salt Lake and is open to the public.

The Utah Office of the Attorney General, Natural Resources Division, has an immediate opening for an attorney to represent the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining. This position involves advising the Division on a variety of legal matters related to the Division’s mission, including its interactions with the Board of Oil, Gas, and Mining; pursuing enforcement actions against operators who violate oil, gas, and mining laws; and performing other legal tasks.

Applicants should have excellent written and oral advocacy skills, the ability to communicate ideas and information clearly and concisely, and the capacity to work with others as part of a team and communicate effectively with clients. Preference will be given to applicants who have backgrount and experience in natural resource law, particularly oil, gas, and mining law and issues, as well as litigation.

Applicants must be a member of the Utah State Bar in good standing and must qualify for admission to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Background checks are completed as a condition of employment. Travel may be required as incumbents will need to represent the Division in legal proceedings throughout the State.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to the Utah state jobs website at www.statejobs.utah.gov, recruitment number 22241. A resume and writing sample must be uploaded to your profile as part of the application. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, January 8, 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 January 8, 2020

Assistant Attorney General – Child Protection Division

The Child Protection Division has an opening for an Assistant Attorney General. This position will be located in Provo and is open to the public.

The Utah Office of the Attorney General, Child Protection Division, has an immediate opening for an attorney to represent the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) by petitioning the Fourth District Juvenile Court to exercise protective jurisdiction over suspected child victims of abuse, neglect and dependency. This position is located in Provo, Utah. Applicants must be able to manage a high volume of very active cases, moving at a fast pace with much at stake in terms of impact to children and families. Incumbent is also responsible to approve warrants to search for and remove children from parents’ custody; screen cases with Child Protective Services and law enforcement; performs legal research; prepare summonses, petitions, subpoenas, discovery responses, motions, memoranda, orders and other legal documents; and consult with DCFS representatives. They will represent DCFS at multi-disciplinary-team meetings, family-team meetings and mediation as well as at administrative hearings and defend appeals from administrative hearings. The successful candidate will prosecute abuse, neglect and dependency matters at shelter, pre-trial, adjudication, disposition, review, permanency, and other hearings; and will prosecute petitions to terminate parental rights and appear at associated hearings. At least three years legal experience is required, with preference being given to applicants with prosecution or other trial experience. Applicants must possess excellent written and oral advocacy skills and have the experience and ability to immediately take over an existing caseload. Membership in the Utah State Bar in good standing is required.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to the Utah state jobs website at www.statejobs.utah.gov, recruitment number 22321. A resume and writing sample must be uploaded to your profile as part of the application. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, January 8, 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 January 16, 2020

Assistant Attorney General – Child Protection Division

The Child Protection Division has an opening for an Assistant Attorney General. This position will be located in Brigham City and is open to the public.

The Utah Office of the Attorney General, Child Protection Division, has an immediate opening for an attorney to represent the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) by petitioning the First District Juvenile Court to exercise protective jurisdiction over suspected child victims of abuse, neglect and dependency. Applicants must be able to manage a high volume of very active cases, moving at a fast pace with much at stake in terms of impact to children and families. Incumbent is also responsible to approve warrants to search for and remove children from parents’ custody; screen cases with Child Protective Services and law enforcement; performs legal research; prepare summonses, petitions, subpoenas, discovery responses, motions, memoranda, orders and other legal documents; and consult with DCFS representatives. They will represent DCFS at multi-disciplinary-team meetings, family-team meetings and mediation as well as at administrative hearings and defend appeals from administrative hearings. The successful candidate will prosecute abuse, neglect and dependency matters at shelter, pre-trial, adjudication, disposition, review, permanency, and other hearings; and will prosecute petitions to terminate parental rights and appear at associated hearings. At least three years legal experience is required, with preference being given to applicants with prosecution or other trial experience. Applicants must possess excellent written and oral advocacy skills and have the experience and ability to immediately take over an existing caseload. Membership in the Utah State Bar in good standing is required. This position is located in Brigham City.

For more information and to apply for the position, go to the Utah state jobs website at www.statejobs.utah.gov, recruitment number 22225. A resume and writing sample must be uploaded to your profile as part of the application. The deadline for applying is Thursday, January 16, 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 January 23, 2020

Assistant Attorney General – Litigation Division

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

The Litigation Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office seeks an attorney to defend constitutional and civil rights claims brought against state employees, state agencies, school districts and universities. At least five years’ litigation experience or judicial clerkship is required; ten years’ litigation experience is preferred, with at least some federal court experience. Knowledge of federal and state civil litigation, and the substantive and procedural elements of litigating federal constitutional claims brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 is also preferred.  

Applicant should possess excellent written and oral advocacy skills and should have the experience and ability to immediately assume primary responsibility for litigating Section 1983 cases in federal court with minimal supervision. Typical caseloads may include defense of UHP Troopers in Fourth Amendment cases; defense of corrections officers in Eighth Amendment claims; defense of Universities in Title IX claims; defense of school district in Americans With Disabilities Act claims, and defense of other agencies and their employees in First Amendment, Equal Protection, and Due Process claims.

Applicant must have the desire and ability to present complex cases to judges and to juries. Membership in good standing in the Utah State Bar, or qualification under Utah Court Rule 14-809, is required. Some travel is required as incumbents will need to represent their clients in 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 www.statejobs.utah.gov, recruitment number 22319. A resume and writing sample must be uploaded to your profile as part of the application. The deadline for applying is Thursday, January 23, 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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