Department of Justice


$5,602.00 - $13,062.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Cannabis Control Section (CCS) deputies represent state cannabis licensing agencies in license discipline actions, review proceedings of cannabis licensing agency decisions, and represent cannabis licensing agencies in related litigation. The duties of CCS Deputy Attorneys General III include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Handle all phases of complex, sensitive, and difficult cannabis licensing litigation, including administrative hearings for appeals from denials of applications for cannabis licensure, prosecution of disciplinary actions against cannabis licensees, appeals of citations and cannabis license reinstatement, probation, modification, and termination cases; injunctive proceedings against cannabis licensees and unlicensed individuals, Penal Code section 23 hearings; and review of cannabis licensing agency decisions, including through the California appellate courts. 
  • Prepare for and represent agencies in several administrative hearings each month.  
  • Handle judicial review proceedings arising out of administrative litigation, through the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel and the California appellate courts. 
  • Handle other complex, sensitive, and difficult civil matters, including subpoena enforcement and defense, and defending client agencies in state and federal civil actions 
  • Apply sound legal judgment and abide by professional ethics. 
  • Act in lead capacity in team assignments with other deputies and paralegals. 
  • Work with investigators to obtain and develop evidence. 
  • Advise client agencies on legal matters, including settlement options, expert and/or consultant needs, and strategy, as well as provide training to agency staff. May serve in role as liaison to an assigned cannabis licensing client agency.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$9,210.00 - $11,815.00
$10,173.00 - $13,062.00
$5,602.00 - $9,760.00

Range A: $5,602 - $5,827
Range B: $5,609 - $6,403
Range C: $6,760 - $8,501
Range D: $7,609 - $9,760


# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
Day Shift (8 am - 5 pm)
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • The final filing date for this posting has been tentatively set for 9/19/18.  However, this posting is "until filled"; the advertisement may be extended or closed at any point after the initial final filing date.
  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Cannabis Control Section and may be filled in Sacramento (JC-103694), San Francisco (JC-103699), Fresno (JC-103705), Los Angeles (JC-103702), San Diego (JC-103703), or Oakland (JC-105306).  Please clearly indicate your preferred city in the "Explanations" section of your State application.
  • 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.
  • For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required. 
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-105306) and the title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your STD 678 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

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: Vanessa Ventura
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Vanessa Ventura
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
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.
  • Other -
    • Resume is required. 
    • Cover letter is required. 
    • Writing sample is required (recent briefs preferred).
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:
  • Dedication to consumer protection, strong civil litigation background with expertise necessary to capably handle complex, sensitive, and difficult work of the CCS on an independent basis for client agencies, and a working familiarity with principles of administrative and constitutional law, rules of evidence, and the administrative adjudication process set forth in the California Administrative Procedure Act (Gov. Code section 11340 et seq.) are highly desirable qualities. 
  • Possess excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills, exhibited by recent and frequent drafting of pleadings, motions, and briefs; the ability to analyze difficult and complex legal problems, apply precedents to new factual scenarios, and present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form are highly desirable qualities. 
  • Strong trial and oral advocacy experience, including recent and frequent experience conducting proceedings in administrative, trial, and appellate courts, preparing for and representing clients in administrative hearings and/or civil or criminal trials, handling review of lower court actions through judicial review, including appeals in the California appellate courts, and successfully negotiating settlement of actions informally and in mediation or settlement conferences are highly desirable qualities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively manage a large caseload, handle cases independently, and work primarily via computer with excellent computer skills (including electronic case management and electronic time keeping) in a multiple of programs are highly desirable qualities. 
  • Strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills; ability to build and maintain good client relations; and the ability to interact positively and effectively with client representatives, subordinates, opposing parties, and counsel, and all members of the Attorney General’s Office are highly desirable qualities.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Vanessa Ventura
(916) 210-7307

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


The DAG and DAG III examinations may be found on-line at

DAG III applicants are those with at least 6 years legal experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail