Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 11/10/17
Applications Due: 01/31/18
Vacancy ID: 45219

Position Information

AgencyAttorney General, Office of the

TitleAssistant Attorney General - Litigation Bureau – Mental Health Section (NYC)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $0 to $0 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County New York

Street Address 120 Broadway

City New York


Zip Code10271

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Applicants must have at least two (2) years of post-graduate legal experience. The ideal candidate will have two (2) or more years of federal and/or state court civil litigation experience, which may include judicial clerkships. Superior writing, analytic, oral advocacy, and organizational skills are required. Superior writing, analytic, oral advocacy, and organizational skills are required.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that attorneys in the OAG be citizens of the United States. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.

Duties Description The Mental Health Section of the Litigation Bureau in the New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking an experienced and motivated litigator to serve in the New York City office.
The Litigation Bureau defends the State of New York and its agencies and officers in state and federal courts in civil actions and proceedings relating to civil rights, education, social services, public employment, public health, law enforcement, corrections, state finance, insurance, taxation, and other matters arising out of state legislation, regulation, and operations.
Attorneys assigned to the Mental Health Section of the Litigation Bureau primarily defend the Office of Mental Health, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and their facilities and officers in constitutional, civil rights, and employment litigation. Among other things, the Mental Health Section handles class actions and complex civil rights litigation challenging important policies, practices, and programs concerning the care and treatment of individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and addictions to substances. The Section’s litigation addresses a wide range of issues, including alleged substantive and procedural due process violations, employment discrimination, First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion, and constitutional challenges to state statutes, regulations, and policies. In addition, the attorneys in the Mental Health Section represent the Office of Mental Health in involuntary civil commitment proceedings under the Mental Hygiene Law as well as retention hearings under the Criminal Procedure Law. Attorneys handle all phases of litigation from inception through trial and appear in court frequently.

Additional Comments Salary to be determined commensurate with experience.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified in the “Notes on Applying” section, the “Application Due” date associated with this posting is not the last day applications can be submitted. Applications for this position will be accepted by the hiring bureau on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected; recruitment for this position can be closed or suspended at any time. For the most current information on available position vacancies, applicants are advised to review the Office of the New York State Attorney General website ( or contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at or phone at 212-416-8080.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief



Email Address


Street NYS Office of the Attorney General

Legal Recruitment Bureau - 120 Broadway

City New York, NY

State NY

Zip Code 10271


Notes on ApplyingApplications are being received online. To apply, please visit our careers website: Reference No. LIT_AAG/MHS_NYC_3128
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:

•Cover Letter (You may address to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment)
•List of three (3) references with contact information and email addresses
•Writing Sample

Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.

If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at or phone at 212-416-8080.

For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: