California Lawyers Association

Deputy Attorney General III

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California Department of Justice
San Diego, California, United States
30+ days ago


Are you looking for job satisfaction and want to make a difference? Do you want to challenge yourself and work to protect the environment and precious natural resources
of California? Then come work with like-minded legal professionals and join the Environment Section at the California Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney
General. Our attorneys face some of the most challenging, cutting-edge legal issues in the environmental field. As such, we are seeking exceptional, motivated candidates for multiple vacancies in our section.

The Environment Section handles a broad range of significant environmental matters on behalf of the Attorney General and the State of California. Assignments may
include: conducting environmental litigation through all phases of state and federal courts; representation of the Attorney General in his independent capacity, pursuant to
his statutory and common law authority to protect the environment; representation of state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Toxic Substances
Control and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment; initiating environmental investigations; prosecution of environmental crimes on behalf of the People; close coordination with District Attorneys, including joint prosecutions of both civil and criminal environmental cases; and providing legal advice on an ongoing basis to client agencies and to the Attorney General.
Section members enforce a broad variety of state and federal environmental laws, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
(Superfund), the Hazardous Waste Control Law, Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act), the National Environmental Policy Act, the California
Environmental Quality Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Unfair Competition Law.

Department Information

  • These positions are located in the Division of Public Rights, Environment Section and may be filled in either San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, or Sacramento.
  • The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: bi-weekly. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.
  • DAG IV and DAG V consideration – lateral transfers only.
  • For more information about the Department of Justice, please visit the Attorney General’s website at
  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • JC-299286 must be clearly stated in the "Examination or Job Title(s) for which you are Applying" section located on page one of your state application.
  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classification will be made using the Attorney examination. The Attorney and DAG III examination may be found on-line at
  • DAG III applicants are those with at least 6 years of legal experience.
  • DAG Range A-D are applicants with less than 6 years experience.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
 Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice
Attn: Courtney Tanner (JC-299286)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Justice
Courtney Tanner (JC-299286)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - A recent writing sample, consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief.
  • Statement of Qualifications -
    Explain how your legal education, training and litigation experience meet the desirable qualifications noted below.
  • Other -

    (Optional) Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Candidates should have significant civil litigation experience in federal or state courts. A proven and significant interest in Environmental law background is highly desirable. Candidates must be able to work under tight deadlines and pressure, work independently and in a team setting, and have a demonstrated ability and experience in developing litigation plans, and managing complex legal matters. Candidates must possess excellent research and writing skills, as well as skill in oral advocacy and negotiations. Candidates must be well organized and detail oriented, have a positive attitude, be a team player, and have an excellent work ethic. Candidates must be highly motivated to work in the area of environmental law on behalf of the Attorney General and the State.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64123582
  • Location:
    San Diego, California, United States
    Los Angeles, California, United States
    Oakland, California, United States
    Sacramento, California, United States
  • Position Title: Deputy Attorney General III
  • Company Name For Job: California Department of Justice
  • Job Function: Other

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