May 25, 2023
Sacramento, CA
Job Type


Job Description and Duties

The Employment and Administrative Mandate (EAM) Section of the California Department of Justice is looking for litigators to join a diverse group of professionals who are dedicated to ensuring that California's laws are enforced fairly and as intended. EAM deputies focus on public employment litigation in courts throughout the state. EAM deputies defend state agencies in civil lawsuits alleging discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and disability related claims, uphold disciplinary actions in evidentiary hearings before the State Personnel Board, and support administrative agency actions by the Department of Motor Vehicles, California Horse Racing Board, and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

EAM deputy duties include:

  • Defending over 100 state agencies in lawsuits involving claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, ADA, FMLA, CFR A, and the whistleblower protection act, among others.
  • Independently handling all aspects of a broad range of complex civil employment cases, including challenging the pleadings, interviewing witnesses, conducting depositions and other discovery, preparing summary judgment motions, expert discovery, and preparing for trial.
  • Handling jury and bench employment trials.
  • Handling contested administrative evidentiary hearings before the State Personnel Board.
  • Defending agency administrative actions against petitions for writs of mandamus.
  • Handling any appeals arising from assigned cases, including drafting appellate briefs and arguing before the Courts of Appeal and Ninth Circuit.
  • Obtaining work safety and gun violence restraining orders.
  • Timely and professional communications with clients, including providing detailed case analyses and recommendations.
  • Providing training, guidance, and advice to state agencies on a variety of employment and personnel matters.
  • Professionally communicating with judges, court staff, juries, and witnesses.
  • Working cooperatively, professionally, and effectively with colleagues, opposing counsel, and clients.

All deputies may telework or work in-office at their option, including 100% telework though all deputies are required to come into their local office as required by operational needs, including taking a deposition, attending a hearing, attending in person meetings, and any other operational needs requiring in person attendance.

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey:


Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.


Additional Documents

  • Job Application Package Checklist

Position Details

Job Code #:


Position #(s):


Working Title:



$10,225.00 - $13,118.00 A

Shall Consider:


$11,296.00 - $14,503.00 A


$7,153.00 - $7,440.00 A

$7,162.00 - $8,175.00 B

$7,506.00 - $9,439.00 C

$8,448.00 - $10,836.00 D


$11,932.00 - $15,228.00 A

# of Positions:


Work Location:

Sacramento County

Job Type:

Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • These positions are located in the Division of Civil Law, Employment and Administrative Mandate Section, Sacramento.
  • 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.
  • DAG V consideration - lateral transfers only.
  • For more information about the Department please visit the Attorney General's website at www.oag.ca.gov .
  • If you would like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email Recruiters@doj.ca.gov .

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Deputies must be active members of the California State Bar.
  • If you submit your application by mail, please contact the HR consultants to confirm it has been received.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-364305) 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 Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at:
    https://oag.ca.gov/careers/how-to-apply .

  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:
    • Attorney exam - less than 6 years of experience : Attorney Examination
    • DAG III exam- at least 6 years of legal experience : DAG III Examination
    • DAG IV exam- at least 10 years of legal experience : DAG IV Examination

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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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: Heather Nguyen (JC-364305)

1300 I Street Suite 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

Heather Nguyen (JC-364305)

1300 I Street Suite 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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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 -
    Writing sample from the following list: an appellate bried, 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.

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:

  • Civil litigation experience in California state or federal courts
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Effective oral and written advocacy skills in preparing briefs, presenting testimony, and advocating at hearings before administrative bodies, trial courts, and appellate courts
  • Ability to interview witnesses and examine both percipient and expert witnesses at depositions, hearings, and trials
  • Experience advising and communicating with clients
  • Ability to learn and competently navigate litigation and document management software
  • Employment litigation experience is a plus, but not required

We value having a team diverse in viewpoints and life experiences because it enhances the quality of our legal work, and ultimately allows us to best represent our clients. A successful candidate should be well organized, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude, and be team-oriented, as well as have an excellent work ethic and strong interpersonal and collaboration skills . EAM deputies are expected to behave with the highest level of professionalism even in 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.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website (under Unit 2 - Attorneys and Hearing Officers) and the CalPERS website.

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:
Heather Nguyen
(916) 210-6444

Hiring Unit Contact:
Peter Halloran
(916) 210-6097

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 Requirements For This Section:

  • 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, which may include 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 and hearings in other counties requiring overnight stays.

Additional Information on Application Filing

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. If you are mailing your application, as a courtesy we ask that you contact the HR Consultant listed to confirm your application has been received. This is not required, but highly encouraged so we can ensure the timely submission of your application.

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.

Closing Date/Time: Until Filled

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