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Assistant Attorney General/Civil Attorney
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State Of Montana | Helena, MT
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Mission: Every day at the Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. At the Department of Justice we do the right thing for the right reason. If you're looking for an opportunity to be part of a team that builds a culture of character and excellence, demonstrates collaboration and selfless public service, and upholds the law and pursues public safety, the Department of Justice may just be the career for you.

Please take a moment and watch the linked video to learn how the Department of Justice serves the citizens of Montana.

Job Overview: The Civil Services Bureau represents the State in litigation where the State has an interest, most typically in cases challenging the constitutionality of State laws. The bureau also advises agencies on constitutional issues and litigation strategy. It provides legal counsel to the divisions within the Department of Justice, drafts legal opinions for the review and signature of the Attorney General, and reviews administrative rules before publication.

The incumbent is responsible for independently handling various phases of complex civil litigation in state and federal district court and on appeal. These are often high-profile cases involving multiple agencies.


Represents the State of Montana in complex civil litigation. These cases are often high profile and extremely diverse. They often involve complex constitutional questions, which means their effect may have national or statewide significance. Events giving rise to the litigation may occur over a period of years, requiring complicated factual reconstruction of events. Pretrial motions may involve the constitutionality of a recently enacted statute, or novel issues for which there is no settled precedent and the bodies of case law are conflicting. The issues involved may have far reaching implications for state and tribal relations, state and federal relations, or for the State of Montana generally. The attorney has broad discretion in the handling of these cases, under the supervision of the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General. The attorney may supervise a team of attorneys and support staff on particularly complex cases. The attorney will typically handle any subsequent appeal to the Montana Supreme Court or the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Advice and Opinions

Drafts letters of advice and formal legal opinions for the review and signature of the Attorney General. Subject matter concerns the interpretation and application of statutes, rules and regulations. Works independently on these projects, although final work product is subject to approval by the Attorney General. Drafts rules for implementation of legislative enactments. Reviews and makes a recommendation to the Civil Services Bureau Chief, the Chief Deputy, and the Attorney General regarding whether the State should pursue an appeal to the Montana Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, or the United States Supreme Court, or join an amicus brief.

Administrative Rule Review

Responsible for reviewing departmental rule proposal notices, adoption notices, and other notices relating to administrative rule making. Reviews notices from DOJ divisions, bureaus, and other units to ensure compliance with rulemaking statutes, including that there is statutory authorization for rules, that the rules include correct citations to the statutes being implemented, and that the proposed rules are not contrary to other laws.

This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be completed on April 18, 2019.

* Graduation from college and an accredited law school.
* Must be licensed to practice law in any state with membership in good standing in that state's bar association and be able to become licensed to practice law in Montana within six months to one year of hire.
* Three or more years progressively responsible experience in the practice of law.

Other related and/or acceptable fields of study:

* Legal internship or clerkship experience may be substituted for required experience in the practice of law, so long as it was within ten (10) years of the date of the application.

Special Instructions: The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant's qualification may include, but not limited to, an evaluation of the resume and cover letter, a structured interview, performance test, reference/background checks and fingerprint checks.

* Additional materials, references or information submitted by the applicant, but not requested, will not be considered.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:

* Criminal History Fingerprint Check


You are REQUIRED to attach a cover letter, resume and writing sample of 3000 words or less, from a document or portion thereof, prepared within the last three years, at the time of application.

In your cover letter please address the following question:

* How do your qualifications and experience directly correlate to the duties of this position and why would you be the best candidate for the job?

In your resume, include all work experience you have held that would help you qualify for this position, including duties and dates of employment (month & year - start & end), including reason for leaving.

A complete state application is not required; however, you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and resume in order to be considered for this position. Failure to attach the cover letter and resume will result in your application being incomplete and will not be considered further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

If you need an accommodation with the application process please contact the HR office.

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About State Of Montana

Founded in 1893, Montana State University - Bozeman has a national and international reputation for its excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, agriculture, architecture, education, engineering, health and human development, and nursing. With 12,135 students enrolled in 2003, MSU is an institution committed to making history by better positioning today's students for meaningful lives in the globalizing economy of the 21st century.