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POSITION TITLE: Senior Assistant Attorney General, CEA, Tort and Condemnation Section, Division of Civil Law FINAL FILING DATE: Friday, December 21, 2012
CEA LEVEL: Senior Assistant Attorney General, C.E.A. (5739) EXTENDED FINAL FILING DATE: Friday, December 28, 2012
SALARY RANGE: $10,275.00 - $11,556.00 / Month BULLETIN ID: 12052012_4

Under the administrative direction of the Chief Deputy Attorneys General and the Chief Assistant Attorney General, Civil Law Division, the Senior Assistant Attorney General plans, directs, and organizes the work of the statewide Tort and Condemnation Section within the Civil Law Division of the Department of Justice. The section defends state agencies and their employees against actions alleging claims of personal injury, civil rights violations and property damage. The section also seeks to recover costs and damages for torts committed against the state. In addition, the section represents the state in actions relating to property acquisitions, including ensuring that the state pays just compensation for damages or property taken. The Senior Assistant is responsible for supervision of the section's litigation and advice functions; serves as the Attorney General's principal liaison and point of contact for legal services with the section's clients; serves as technical and legal advisor to the Attorney General on matters within the section's legal program; participates in formulation of litigation policy and program objectives; has principal responsibility for personnel management and employee utilization within the section; provides direction and guidance to subordinates; may personally assist subordinates in complex litigation; prepares annual budget requests and performs ongoing programmatic monitoring and reporting functions. Particularly important, the incumbent must possess the ability to manage conflict and relate well to people both internally and externally.

Membership in The State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in The State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.) and Ten years of experience performing legal duties, four years of which must been at a level of responsibility equivalent to Deputy Attorney General III. The four years of experience at the Deputy Attorney General III level must be obtained in California state service. Applicants who have completed nine and one-half years of the required total legal experience and three and one-half years of the required experience comparable to the Deputy Attorney General III level may be admitted into the examination but must complete the required 10 years' total legal experience and the four years of experience at the Deputy Attorney General III level before they will be eligible for appointment.)

Experience in the "practice of law" or "performing legal duties" or "legal experience" is defined as only that legal experience acquired after admission to The Bar.

Knowledge of: Scope and character of California statutory law and provisions of the California Constitution; statues and constitutional provisions governing the organization, duties, powers, and conduct of the work of the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Justice; principles of administrative and constitutional law; rules of evidence and conduct of proceedings in trial and appellate courts in California and the United States and before administrative bodies; organization, functions, and processes of the legislative branch; the State's criminal justice system; legal research methods; methods and problems involved in administering the work of a governmental law office; training principles and techniques in the production of motion pictures, television programs and other training materials; principles of supervision and personnel management; Department's equal employment opportunity Program objectives; a manager's role in the equal employment opportunity Program and the processes available to meet equal employment opportunity objectives.

Ability to: Perform and direct legal and programmatic research; plan and direct the activities of a staff of lawyers and other technical personnel; coordinate with other sections of the Department and with local jurisdictions; address an audience effectively; analyze difficult and complex legal problems; and apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts; present statements of fact,law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; give advice and assistance as a consultant in a particular field of law; analyze and draft proposed legislative measures; handle difficult legal correspondence; establish and maintain effective communications between legislators, legislative staff members, legislative committees, the Legislative Analyst, professional law enforcement organizations, and other local, State and Federal agencies, and the Department of Justice; win the confidence and respect of members of the legal profession, local law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, and other persons contacted in the course of work; effectively contribute to the Department's equal employment opportunity objectives.

1. Knowledge of substantive and procedural law applicable to operation of the section’s clients.

2. Practical familiarity with administrative, trial court, and appellate court practices and procedures as they pertain to the section’s representation of its clients.

3. Knowledge of, and practical familiarity with, California Government Claims Act and litigation in state and federal forums.

4. Demonstrated leadership ability, planning and supervisory skills.

5. Ability to interact positively and effectively with client representatives, subordinates and other members of Attorney General’s Office at all levels.

6. Knowledge of polices and operating practices of Attorney General’s Office.

A minimum rating of 70% must be attained to obtain list eligibility. Hiring interviews may be conducted with the most qualified candidates. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results. The result of this examination will be used only to fill the position of Senior Assistant Attorney General, CEA, Tort and Condemnation Section, Division of Civil Law, with the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

The Results of this examination will be used only to fill this position.

The examination will consist of an application , resume, and Statement of Qualifications evaluation. The Statement of Qualifications will be used to evaluate your education and work experience as it relates to the "Desirable Qualifications" and also serve as documentation of each candidate's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The Statement of Qualifications may be the only basis for your final score and rank on the eligible list which could be used to fill this position for a period of up to twelve months. Interviews may be conducted as part of the examination process.


Interested applicants must submit:

Applications must be submitted by the final filing date to:

1300 I Street, 7th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Emiko Minami | (916) 323-8513 |

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Emiko Minami at (916) 323-8513.

If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, mark the appropriate box in Part 2 of the "Examination Application." You will be contacted to make specific arrangements.

If you meet the requirements stated in this bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described on this bulletin will be compared with the performance of others who take this test, and all candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

The DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

General Qualifications: Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

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