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Attorney General of Virginia

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A unique opportunity exists to work in the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, in the Correctional Litigation Section of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division.  We offer the challenge and opportunity of public service, work-life balance, and an attractive compensation package inclusive of paid time off, paid holidays, health/dental/life insurance, retirement and more.




DUTIES:  The attorney in this position will provide both advice and litigation services to Virginia’s Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice and Parole Board.  Duties of this position include significant client contact and handling civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  The litigation includes Section 1983 civil rights actions, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaints, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) cases, Virginia Tort Claims Act cases and some habeas petitions.  This position is located in Richmond, Virginia reporting directly to the Chief of the Correctional Litigation Section.  The position will involve some litigation-related travel.


QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate for this position will have extensive litigation experience, including a demonstrated ability to analyze and manage complex cases in state and federal courts. Excellent interpersonal skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Candidate must also demonstrate the ability to work well under pressure and adjust to multiple and competing priorities. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team. The position also requires that the candidate possess knowledge of the law related to Section 1983 cases, Virginia Tort Claims Act, and Civil Discovery through academic training, seminars, and/or legal work experience, the ability to perform effective and efficient legal research, to quickly assimilate oral and written data, to analyze facts and draw logical conclusions. Knowledge of the preparation of briefs and presentation of arguments for cases before state and federal courts, ability to organize work, establish priorities, and maintain good interpersonal relationships and communications with other attorneys and support staff, as well as effective working relationships with judges, court staff, government officials and the general public. Ability to use judgment, tact and discretion. Knowledge of the rules of civil procedure, state and federal; the rules of evidence, state and federal; and local rules. Admission to the Virginia State Bar required prior to commencing employment. A minimum of one to two years’ relevant experience is preferred.


SALARY:  Starting salary commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.


TO APPLY:  Please apply on-line at  Veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.  To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by January 20, 2021.