Division of Social Justice
Environmental Protection Bureau – Albany Assistant Attorney General
Reference No. EPB/ALS_AAG_ALB_3164
The Environmental Protection Bureau in the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking an experienced litigator to serve in its Affirmative Litigation Section for the Albany office. This position would involve representing the State on energy, environmental, and public health matters in litigation before federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies. The Affirmative Litigation Section enforces state and federal environmental laws that protect New Yorkers’ rights to clean air, clean water, and safe and healthy communities, and conducts investigations into violations of those laws. Some of the more recent matters handled by the Bureau have targeted the following areas: federal rollbacks and delays of regulations addressing climate change pollution, smog pollution blowing into New York, protections for farmworkers and their families from pesticide poisoning, and penalties for violations of fuel efficiency standards; and investigations into environmental health areas, such as unsafe drinking water, toxic toys, and lead paint. The Bureau also defends state agencies alleged to have violated environmental laws, including the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Lawyers from the Bureau also appear frequently in state and federal appellate courts.
Applicants should have a minimum of five (5) years of experience litigating in federal and state courts and/or before administrative agencies, including motion practice, discovery, oral arguments, trials, and settlements. Experience litigating environmental and energy cases, and knowledge of state and federal environmental statutes, is not required.
Applicants must possess excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and have the ability to develop and complete litigation and policy initiatives and filings in a timely manner. Ideal candidates will have litigated affirmative and/or defensive cases involving judicial review of administrative actions, rulemakings, and adjudicatory proceedings, and have experience synthesizing information and building cases concerning public policy or technical areas requiring expert witness testimony.
In addition, the applicant must demonstrate a commitment to public service and the ability to work well with members of the public, scientific and technical staff, expert and fact witnesses, administrative agencies, and other members of a litigation team. Applicants should also describe any experience with electronic discovery and trial preparation platforms.
Applicants must also reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that attorneys in the OAG be citizens of the United States. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are being received online. To apply, please click this link: EPB/ALS_AAG_ALB_3164; applicants will be taken to the online application page for this position.
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
• Cover Letter (You may address to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment)
• List of three (3) references with contact information and email addresses
• Writing Sample
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: www.ag.ny.gov