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Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal recently announced a yearlong effort to expand the number of experienced attorneys in the Division of Law. Over the course of 2019, the Division of Law will conduct several rounds of attorney hiring, with each round focused on a specific area or practice of law. Check this website regularly to learn about different opportunities.

To complete the online application, click here, or use the button above.

To learn about other hiring opportunities in the Division of Law, click here.

 
     
  Current Opportunities

The Division of Law is currently seeking applicants for both supervisory and non-supervisory attorney positions. You may apply for one or more positions simultaneously using the online application, although please note that the supervisory positions typically require additional management and leadership experience. The office location of each position is noted in parentheses.

The following postings are open from May 20, 2019 to June 17, 2019:

Supervisory Positions

  • Deputy Chief of Staff for the Division of Law. (Trenton.) Working closely with Chief of Staff Elissa Westbrook-Smith, the Deputy Chief of Staff will assist with the day-to-day management of the Division of Law. Responsibilities will include the administrative, operational, budgetary, and personnel activities of the Division, including hiring, employee conduct and performance, labor relations, ADA & EEO issues, annual budget preparation, Division spending initiatives, client service agreements, and emergency management planning.

  • Assistant Attorney General for Financial Affairs & State Contracting. (Trenton.) The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) will serve as one of four AAsG responsible for the management of the Division’s Financial Affairs & State Contracting Practice Group. The Practice Group consists of approximately 85 lawyers working in four sections: Pensions & Financial Transactions Section; Banking & Insurance Section; Transportation, Construction & Condemnation Section; and Tax, Bankruptcy, and Debt Recovery Section. The selected candidate will work with the other AAsG to review significant legal and policy matters involving the Practice Group and oversee the day-to-day work of the Sections’ supervisors.

  • Section Chief, DCF Appellate Section. (Newark or Trenton.) The Section Chief will oversee the launch of a new section that will specialize in appellate matters involving the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The Section Chief will be responsible for working closely with the leadership of the DCF Practice Group, as well as the Assistant Attorneys General overseeing DOL’s Appellate Practice to develop a management plan, select 5-10 candidates to serve as Deputy Attorneys General in the Section, and review the work product of those attorneys.

  • Assistant Section Chief, DCF Appellate Section. (Newark or Trenton.) The Assistant Section Chief will assist the Section Chief in overseeing the launch of the new DCF Appellate Section. The Assistant Section Chief will advise and support the Section Chief on all aspects of the new Section, including developing a management plan, selecting 5-10 candidates to serve as Deputy Attorneys General in the Section, and reviewing the work product of those attorneys.

Attorney Positions (Non-Supervisory Deputy Attorneys General)

  • Affirmative Civil Rights & Labor Enforcement. (Newark.) Attorneys will serve in a newly created section that investigates and litigates affirmative civil rights and labor enforcement cases on behalf of the State of New Jersey. Attorneys will work with the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) to identify litigation priorities, develop legal strategies, and then bring lawsuits designed to protect the rights of protected classes and/or workers under state and federal laws.

  • Child Protection. (Newark, Trenton, or Cherry Hill.) Attorneys will provide representation to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the agency tasked with protecting children and strengthening families. Among other responsibilities, attorneys will represent DCF when the agency seeks supervision or custody of abused and neglected children or seeks termination of parental rights when necessary. The work is litigation-intensive but also touches on aspects of social work.

  • Clean Energy & Public Utilities. (Trenton.) Attorneys will counsel and represent the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on a wide range of energy and telecommunication services issues, including on expanding the use of offshore wind energy and establishing a Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) program. Attorneys will handle complex administrative litigation before the Office of Administrative Law, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy, and will represent BPU in litigation before state and federal courts. Among other responsibilities, attorneys will advise BPU on clean energy initiatives involving a range of renewable sources of energy, including solar and wind.

  • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity. (Newark.) Attorneys will enforce state and federal laws designed to protect the online data and privacy of New Jersey residents. Attorneys will advise the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) on civil investigations and enforcement actions involving the unauthorized collection, use, and dissemination of individuals’ personal information. Among other responsibilities, attorneys will assist in conducting nationwide data privacy and cybersecurity investigations and litigation in collaboration with other State Attorneys General offices; building cases focused on data privacy and cybersecurity breaches that affect New Jersey residents in particular; developing expertise in data privacy, cybersecurity, and consumer protection laws; and staying current on cutting edge developments in the field.

  • Environmental Enforcement & Environmental Justice. (Trenton.) Attorneys will enforce a wide range of federal and state environmental laws, including against major polluters across the state. Attorneys will advise the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on civil investigations and represent DEP in affirmative civil enforcement matters. Among other responsibilities, attorneys will file suits in environmental justice communities across the state; oversee and litigate Natural Resource Damage actions to hold polluters accountable for the toxic damage they have caused; and pursue federal court litigation involving changes to federal environmental regulations.

  • Public Education. (Trenton.) Attorneys will provide counsel and representation to the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE). Attorneys will litigate a wide range of matters involving education law, including charter schools, special education, and the constitutionality of the state’s public education funding. Attorneys will also counsel and represent State institutions of higher education, representing them in federal and state trial court litigation, handling labor arbitration, defending tenure decisions and providing advice on a wide variety of academic, health care, educational, and business issues.

 
     
  Application Process

To apply during the current hiring period, applicants must submit an online application by June 17, 2019. As part of the application, applicants will need to upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter. Applicants should upload a cover letter that briefly explains their interest in joining the Division of Law.

  • Resume. Applicants should attach a current version of their resume.

  • Writing sample. The writing sample should be no more than 5,000 words and should contain your own legal analysis. You may submit any legal document you have drafted, so long as it does not contain material that is privileged or otherwise confidential or contains the necessary redactions.

  • Certificate of good standing in New Jersey. You may request a certificate of good standing from the New Jersey Courts here.

  • Scanned copy of law school transcript (only if admitted to practice law in last 5 years). Applicants may submit a scanned copy of your official or unofficial law school transcript. If you need to request a copy of your transcript, you may download a sample request form here.

In completing the online application, applicants will also be asked to provide their employment history as well as contact information for three professional references. In addition, applicants should select which of five subject areas they wish to be considered for: personal injury litigation; employment litigation; real estate & loan finance; pensions & health benefits; government contracting & procurement; and/or complex financial transactions.

Please note that, under the New Jersey First Act, N.J.S.A. 52:14-7, successful applicants must reside in New Jersey or be willing to establish residency in New Jersey within one year of beginning state employment. Exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted based on a proven “critical need or hardship.” To learn more about the Act and the exemption process, click here.

After submitting the online application through this website, applicants will be asked to also, complete the State of New Jersey's Affirmative Action Information Form, which is not part of the employment application and is not considered in any hiring decision.

The Attorney General’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our staff. State law prohibits discrimination in hiring or employment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, or mental or physical disability. For more information about diversity and inclusion initiatives within the Attorney General’s Office, click here.

We will gladly assist applicants who are unable to complete an application online or who are in need of an accommodation during the application process. If you need assistance, please call (609) 376-3232.

Salary & Benefits

After completing a background check, successful applicants will be hired as Deputy Attorneys General. The starting salary depends on the incoming attorney’s experience level. For non-supervisory attorney positions, the starting salary ranges from $65,889 to $94,140. The salary range for supervisory positions vary depending on the title.

All Deputy Attorneys General are entitled to employment benefits, including health and dental insurance. For more information on employment benefits, visit www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions.

Please note that certain Deputy Attorneys General in the Division of Law are unionized, including all attorneys who practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, employment litigation, real estate & loan finance, pensions & health benefits, government contracting & procurement; or complex financial transactions.

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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