Department of Justice


$9,463.00 - $12,140.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/19/2021

Job Description and Duties

Looking to make a difference? Stuck in a dead-end job without work/life balance?  Do you want to get out of your comfort zone and do work that impacts the public? Do you want to challenge yourself with high-level, important work? Do you want to be the primary attorney arguing the critical motion, jury trial, or appeal?


Join the State of California’s largest law firm and help administer justice on behalf of 40 million Californians. At the California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General, you will be part of a diverse group of over 5,000 dedicated professionals whose chief mission is to deliver fairness and equality under the law through a broad spectrum of programs and services.


Deputies assigned to the Employment & Administrative Mandate Section (EAM) handle a broad range of civil litigation involving cutting-edge legal issues with a focus on all aspects of a public-employment litigation practice. We represent over 100 state agencies in connection with lawsuits alleging constitutional, discrimination, harassment, reasonable-accommodation, and whistleblower-retaliation claims, among others. EAM also prosecutes disciplinary matters in evidentiary hearings before the State Personnel Board. EAM deputies provide advice to clients, and conduct investigations for state agencies in a number of areas, including personnel and government-operations issues.  The section has approximately 100 attorneys and paralegals practicing in offices throughout California. EAM’s practice regularly involves high-level, policy-oriented, original legal analysis at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts.  


EAM represents such clients as the Judicial Council, California State University, California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Horse Racing Board, the State Lottery Commission, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in a wide variety of legal matters including constitutional litigation, commercial disputes, petitions for writ of mandate involving licensing issues, along with other regulatory matters, and personnel privacy issues.Our attorneys regularly argue matters in appellate courts that result in published decisions and shape the law.    


EAM attorneys are expected to litigate efficiently and produce high-quality written work under significant time pressure and tight deadlines. Our unit has a dynamic, fast-paced practice. Our attorneys regularly try difficult cases under challenging conditions, and work cooperatively in a law office that edits work product heavily. EAM attorneys must be able to produce high-quality pleadings, motions, including complex motions for summary judgment, and appellate briefs. EAM deputies must communicate effectively in a timely manner with supervisors, client representatives, and witnesses. Working cooperatively and effectively with diverse colleagues, supervisors, client representatives, and witnesses is necessary. EAM provides its attorneys with ongoing training opportunities for professional growth in a very collegial working environment and the chance to excel in a merit-based system.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

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$9,463.00 - $12,140.00
$10,453.00 - $13,421.00
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Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Employment and Administrative Mandate Section in Oakland

  • DAG IV consideration – lateral transfers only.

  • 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.

  • Individuals who are new to State service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the Office of the Attorney General.  Process is described at:

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

  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Deputies assigned to the EAM Section must be willing and able to travel and may be required to travel to remote locations within the State, sometimes with little notice and sometimes for lengthy periods of time.
  • Must be willing and able to work a full-time schedule which may exceed a 40 hour week when operational needs require.
  • Deputies must be active members of the California State Bar.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-228768) 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.
  • Please note that the appointment to the DAG classification will be made using the Attorney examination. The Attorney and DAG III examinations may be found on-line at
  • DAG III applicants are those with at least 6 years of legal exxperience. 

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: 1/19/2021

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: Marija Dokic (JC-228768)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Justice
Attn: Marija Dokic (JC-228768)
1300 I Street 720
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
  • Other - A writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief preferably written in the last year.
  • 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 superior verbal and writing skills, and civil-litigation experience are preferred.  Candidates with experience conducting investigations and employment litigation are favorably considered, but we will also consider high-achieving candidates from all backgrounds who have a demonstrated history of continuous self-improvement and achievement.  EAM’s practice regularly involves sensitive and complex matters that are closely monitored and scrutinized at all levels of state government.  This section and its clients expect EAM attorneys to produce high-quality work consistently.  There is a steep learning curve in our practice and new attorneys, even experienced ones, will have to work hard to achieve a competent level of performance.  EAM deputies should have the ability to take and defend depositions effectively, interview witnesses, and examine both percipient and expert witnesses at hearings and trials. EAM deputies also should be able to conduct legal research efficiently and accurately.  Additionally, EAM deputies should be able to advocate for clients effectively in writing, including preparing complex briefs in administrative bodies, and in trial and appellate courts. The successful candidate must be able to interact with a diverse group of attorneys, paralegals, support staff, and clients, and be able to work independently, while also consulting with superiors and taking direction as needed.  EAM deputies are expected to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, including in high-stress situations, and to understand and abide by the laws of the State of California, the Rules of Professional Responsibility, and the office policies established by the Department of Justice for its attorneys.  EAM deputies are expected to handle a busy civil-litigation caseload and have the ability to litigate multiple, complex matters simultaneously, independently, efficiently, and effectively. EAM deputies are expected to maintain work-related calendars accurately, meeting all applicable deadlines.  Candidates should be able to work a full-time schedule, including long hours and weekends when necessary to represent our clients effectively.  EAM emphasizes productivity and efficiency, and expects attorneys to focus on strategically planning and generating work product that advances their cases.  EAM deputies may be required to travel regularly outside of the San Francisco Bay Area to meet with clients, investigate cases, and conduct multi-week jury trials. 



Benefits packages for all positions include medical, dental, vision, defined-benefit pension, 401K and 457. 

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Marija Dokic
(916) 210-7157
Hiring Unit Contact:
Fiel Tigno
(510) 879-1003

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

Personal Leave Program: Effective July 1, 2020, state employees are subject to wage reductions in exchange for Personal Leave Program (PLP) accruals. The specific rate and hours earned were negotiated and agreed upon by each bargaining unit. More information regarding PLP can be found here:

Additional Application Filing Information:

Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date.

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