Washington State Assistant Attorney General - Regional Services Division in Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington


The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, serving more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

The agency is highly respected for the quality of its legal work and the professionalism and ethical standards of its staff and leadership. The AGO's dedicated team of 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff often cite the AGO's broad mandate, offering challenging, diverse work in the public interest as reasons to join the office -- and opportunities for professional growth, along with a collegial atmosphere, as reasons to stay. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.

For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE.

The position is located in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Vancouver has a population of about 165,000 people, and is Washington's fourth-largest city. Vancouver is also part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Combining amenities of a smaller city with access to more urban opportunities, Vancouver has much to offer. There are two public school districts in Vancouver, and many more in nearby areas. Vancouver also offers excellent access to outdoor activities, including the nearby Cascade mountain range, downhill skiing on Mt. Hood, beach access in both Washington and Oregon, and great regional bicycling, walking, and running paths.


The Washington State Attorney General's Office is looking for an attorney to serve in its Regional Services Division in Vancouver, WA. This attorney will work in a high volume litigation practice entailing frequent state court docket and trial appearances. The attorney in this position primarily represents the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Children and Family Services (DSHS-DCFS) in juvenile litigation cases in superior court and at the appellate level. The attorney handles juvenile litigation matters arising in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties. Juvenile litigation cases involve factual and legal issues regarding the physical and mental health and safety of children in situations where DSHS-DCFS initiates dependency, dependency guardianship and termination actions under RCW Title 13. The attorney in this position advises and represents DSHS-DCFS in litigation and on appeal, requiring familiarity with applicable rules and procedures.

Because juvenile litigation cases present emergent situations affecting children's health and safety, the attorney in this position often provides advice and representation under significant pressure. The attorney works with the social worker to evaluate evidence to determine whether the evidence in the case is legally sufficient to support court intervention. In addition, the attorney in this position reviews relevant petitions and other documents, consults with social workers and other DSHS-DCFS employees, submits and responds to discovery, prepares witnesses and evidence for hearing or trial, reviews reports submitted to the court, performs research and analysis, submits relevant briefing to the court, considers settlement options, and takes other action related to these matters. The attorney in this position also communicates frequently with other attorneys and guardians ad litem to resolve issues related to the underlying case.

In addition, all attorneys in this division may be assigned to a wide variety of clients according to the needs of the client agencies and the office, as well as the skills, experiences, and professional development needs of attorneys. Client agencies served by this division in this location include Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Early Learning, Department of Labor and Industries, Department of Licensing, Employment Security Department, Clark College, and Lower Columbia College, Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss and Washington School for the Deaf, Washington State School for the Blind, and Educational Service District 112. The willingness to be assigned to any of these client agencies is expected of all attorneys in this division.


Specific qualifications for this position include the ability to quickly adapt to a practice that involves assignment of 80 or more cases at a time, and the ability to shift from one type of work to another during a given week or day.

The ability to communicate with a variety of client agency representatives efficiently and effectively, as well as with attorney and non-attorney colleagues within the office, is critical to success in the position. The position offers an opportunity to quickly develop significant opportunities to exercise independent judgment within the context of a large law office striving to provide consistent representation to client agencies in locations throughout the state.

Candidates with at least two years of litigation experience and significant experience representing clients in court on motions and in bench trials are strongly preferred. Experience handling other aspects of a litigation practice, including propounding and responding to discovery, appellate work, and review of petitions and complaints initiating legal action is also preferred.

Demonstrated ability to independently manage time, to identify and prioritize tasks necessary to complete, and to maintain a well-organized practice under significant case load demands are essential.

Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. We also seek applicants with a diverse background in education, previous work experience, law I school activities, extracurricular activities, community service and areas of interest that enhance our office.

Supplemental Information

AGO salaries are based on experience, qualifications and are commensurate with comparable positions in the AGO. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued.

Interested applicants must apply by hitting the "apply" button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
  • Writing sample. If you have questions about this position and/or want to learn more about it before applying, we welcome and encourage you to contact Section Chief Jennifer Mankowski Dixon at JenniferM1@atg.wa.gov. The deadline for receipt of all application material is July 30, 2017.

This Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693 or Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Location: Clark County – Vancouver, WA

Job Type: Exempt

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2017-06477

Closing: 7/30/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov