Department of Justice


$9,210.00 - $11,815.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/19/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Employment and Administrative Mandate (EAM) Section is looking for seasoned litigators (and those wanting to develop litigation skills) to join our team.  As an attorney in the EAM Section, you’ll be the attorney arguing the critical motion, advocating before the appellate court, or taking your case to the jury.  Attorneys in the EAM Section independently handle a broad range of civil litigation involving cutting-edge legal issues with a focus on public employment litigation defense and advice.  EAM provides representation to over 100 state agencies in connection with lawsuits alleging claims of discrimination, harassment and whistleblower retaliation, among others.  EAM’s employment litigation practice regularly involves high level legal analysis and briefing, jury trials, evidentiary hearings, and appellate arguments in state and federal courts.  EAM attorneys conduct personnel and EEO investigations on behalf of state agencies and prosecute disciplinary actions.  In addition to employment law, EAM represents such clients as the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on matters involving the State’s drunk driving and alcohol beverage control laws.  EAM attorneys litigate issues of statewide importance as part of our dedication to public service and the Attorney General’s mission to serve the People of California.  EAM is committed to providing attorneys with opportunities for professional growth in a collegial working environment as well as a work-life balance.  Working in EAM is not just a job, but an adventure with good benefits!


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 A
$10,173.00 - $13,062.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8 AM - 5 PM
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

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

  • 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

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-159629) 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.

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: 7/19/2019

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.
    • One writing sample from the following list: an appellate brief, a memorandum in support of a motion for summary judgment, a trial brief, a mediation brief, or a motion to dismiss or closing argument before an administrative body.
  • 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 is preferred. EAM deputies should have the ability to effectively take and defend depositions, interview witnesses, and examine both percipient and expert witnesses at hearings and trial. EAM deputies also should be able to effectively and efficiently conduct legal research as well as understand and use numerous documents from numerous sources. Additionally, EAM deputies should be able to effectively advocate for clients in writing including preparing briefs before administrative bodies, trial courts, and appellate courts. The successful candidate must be able to interact effectively with a diverse group of attorneys, paralegals, support staff, and clients, as well as regularly take direction. EAM deputies are expected to behave with the highest level of professionalism including high stress situations and understand and abide by the laws of the State of California, Rules of Professional Responsibility and ethics required of all attorneys of this office. EAM deputies are expected to handle a busy civil litigation caseload and have the ability to effectively manage several important matters simultaneously. EAM deputies are expected to manage their own work-related calendars with multiple deadlines and appearances in varied venues in a timely manner meeting all applicable deadlines. Candidates should be able to work a full-time schedule including long hours and weekends when necessary to effectively represent our clients. EAM deputies will be required to travel to conduct witness interviews and may be required to travel and attend lengthy trials in other counties requiring overnight stays. Employment litigation experience and experience conducting investigations is a plus, but not required.  



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

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Celine Cooper
(619) 738-9527

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.