Department of Justice


$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/16/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Health Quality Enforcement Section (HQE) seeks experienced trial attorneys with a deep commitment to public protection and a desire for challenging and rewarding public interest work.

HQE attorneys litigate administrative cases against the licenses of dangerously negligent and incompetent medical professionals, including physicians, psychologists, and other health care practitioners. HQE's work is sensitive, subject to intense scrutiny, and calculated to protect health care consumers. HQE also handles writs and appeals resulting from administrative licensing proceedings, as well as emergency injunctive proceedings, requests for bail restrictions and sentencing recommendations in criminal court, general civil litigation involving medical licensing boards, and specialized proceedings such as subpoena enforcement actions in Superior Court.

HQE deputies analyze complex and voluminous medical records and expert reports to draft Accusations and other pleadings. We work closely with investigators, expert witnesses, and patients in preparing matters for vigorously defended contested hearings. Deputies work closely with representatives of client agencies to negotiate settlements that protect the public. They also advise client agencies on expert and/or consultant needs, strategy, and provide training to agency staff. Selected deputies serve as liaisons to HQE client agencies, and assist the section in programmatic and public policy issues.

Deputies are expected to work under time constraints, client and department guidelines, and to abide by ethical and professional standards. Some travel within the state is required.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$9,210.00 - $11,815.00
$10,173.00 - $13,062.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8 AM - 5 PM
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • These positions are located in the Civil Law Division, Health Quality Enforcement Section, and may be filled in Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles or San Diego.

  • This position is being re-advertised.  If you previously applied for JC-161322, you do not need to reapply.

  • DAG IV - lateral transfers only.

  • For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General’s website at

  • 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.

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.

  • 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

  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-167559), your preferred city or cities,  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 State Application (STD 678). 

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 9/16/2019

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: Vicki Culpepper
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:

Vicki Culpepper
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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other -
    • Cover letter explaining why you are qualified to be a deputy attorney general in the HQE Section.

    • Two writing samples written within the past three years.

  • Other -

    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 with a strong and demonstrated dedication to public service and a genuine interest in government employment; who have recent and sound experience in civil, criminal or administrative litigation; a good working knowledge of the rules of evidence; and experience handling writs and/or appeals are encouraged to apply. Additional qualifications include strong legal research skills; the ability to present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; a demonstrated ability to handle a rigorous caseload under tight deadlines; the ability to work independently, while applying excellent legal judgment; proficiency in electronic case management and time keeping; and the ability to produce high quality work in short timeframes. Deputies work hard and are expected to manage multiple complex matters simultaneously, and must be willing to work as many hours as necessary to effectively meet their professional obligations. Candidates should be well-organized, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude, and be team-oriented, as well as have an excellent work ethic and strong skills in interpersonal communication and collaboration. A commitment to consumer protection, public safety, and health care law on behalf of the Attorney General and the State is critical. Background in health care law, administrative law, medical malpractice, health care fraud, and/or criminal law is desirable. Excellent academic credentials are highly desirable. Candidates must be able to build and maintain positive and effective relationships with clients, subordinates, opposing parties and counsel, and all members of the Attorney General's Office; demonstrate sound judgment and tact when interacting with client staff and the public; be creative and resourceful problem solvers. We value having a team diverse in viewpoints and life experiences because it enhances the quality of our legal work.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Gloria Castro
(213) 269-6507

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.

Additional Information

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