The Litigation Bureau represents the State of New York and its agencies and officers in federal and state courts in civil actions and proceedings involving civil rights, education, social services, public employment, public health, law enforcement, corrections, state finance, insurance, taxation, and other litigation matters arising out of state legislation, regulations, and operations.
Attorneys assigned to the Health and Human Services Section primarily represent and defend the State of New York’s health and welfare agencies—including the Department of Health, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and Office of Children and Family Services—in federal and state court actions involving a wide range of constitutional, civil rights, public health, social services (including the Medicaid, Public Assistance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs), labor and employment, child welfare, juvenile justice, state regulation, and administrative law issues. Among other things, the Section handles a large number of class action and complex civil rights litigation matters involving the administration and supervision of important local, state, and federal government public health, public assistance, and child welfare programs. The Section’s cases are often high profile, frequently present complex questions of constitutional law and statutory and regulatory interpretation, and have significant policy and financial implications for the State. The Section offers a diverse and stimulating litigation practice, with attorneys handling all phases of litigation from inception through trial and having frequent opportunities to appear in court.
A minimum of five (5) years of federal and/or state court civil litigation experience is required. Prior class action or complex litigation experience is preferred. Superior research, writing, oral advocacy, analytic, and organizational skills are also required.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State, and be admitted to practice law in New York State. Admission to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York is preferred. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that OAG attorneys 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: LIT_AAG/HHS_NYC_3173; 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 (addressed to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment Bureau);
- List of three (3) references with contact information, including email addresses; and
- Writing Sample (a trial court level memorandum of law is preferred).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.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: www.ag.ny.gov.