Job Posting

Department of Justice



Final Filing Date: 11/29/2017

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-85697
Position #(s):
$5,387.00 - $9,385.00
$9,782.00 - $12,560.00
$8,856.00 - $11,361.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: San Francisco County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift: Day Shift (8 am - 5 pm)
Work Week: Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Correctional Law Section.
  • Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for these positions.
  • 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.
  • The DAG or DAG III examination may be found on-line at
  • DAG III applicants are those with at least 6 years legal experience.
  • For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General’s website at
  • Re-advertisement - candidates who have previously submitted an application for this position will be considered and need not re-apply.

Job Description and Duties

Deputies in the Correctional Law Section are responsible for federal- and state-court litigation in both individual civil-rights cases, appellate matters, and complex class-action suits. The cases address issues ranging from state torts to constitutional claims that concern various rights, including religious practice, health care, equal protection, due process, rights of expression, and use of force. Deputies may be responsible for their own cases from the initial appearance in trial court through appeal, including jury trials and oral argument. Represented clients include agencies and individuals charged with operating California's correctional and parole systems, including the Governor. Some travel is necessary because the section represents clients statewide. Deputies must go into prisons for depositions, site inspections, and meetings with client-agency staff and inmates. Deputies also must conserve state resources by containing litigation costs, primarily through filing early dispositive motions and engaging in early dispute resolution when appropriate. This is a fast-paced, litigation-intensive civil-defense section.

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-85697) 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.
  • Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility in the “Explanations” section located on the first page of your State Application. LEAP eligibility should not be disclosed.
  • Travel to state prisons, including some in remote areas, is required.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received 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: 11/29/2017

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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 -
    • A cover letter is required.
    • A resume is required.
    • A writing sample, consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief preferably written in the prior six months, is required.
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:
Strong research and writing skills (exhibited by recent and frequent drafting of discovery motions, dispositive motions, and appellate briefs); recent and frequent experience in general civil litigation; strong oral-argument skills (exhibited by recent and frequent appearances in trial and appellate courts, and participation in mediations or settlement conferences); recent and frequent experience in civil discovery, depositions, trial preparation, bench or jury trials, and appellate work; interest in correctional law, prison procedures, and applicable constitutional law; ability to handle cases independently; and experience handling complex litigation.  Strong applicants will have researched, written, and argued at least one dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appeal within the prior six months, and will have responded to and propounded discovery (including at least one deposition) within the prior six months.

Contact Information

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

  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Mei Thai, AGPA
    (415) 703-5819
  • 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.

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.


You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
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Additional Documentation
Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this job without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Job Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Job Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD 678)