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Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General (#18-009, Closing: 01/02/18)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Office of Solicitor General
Office of the Attorney General

Salary range: $151,379 – $175,000
Closing: 01/02/18

This position is outside of the collective bargaining unit.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia seeks candidates for its Solicitor General vacancy. The Solicitor General reports to the Attorney General through the Chief Deputy Attorney General and is a member of the Attorney General’s senior staff.

The Solicitor General is responsible for all of the District’s civil and criminal appellate litigation before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Duties include:

  • Consulting with the Attorney General, Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Deputy Attorneys General on matters that are pending, or may be brought, before the District’s appellate courts. Coordinating with the Deputy Attorneys General of OAG’s litigating divisions on potential appellate matters. The Solicitor General makes the final recommendation to the Attorney General on whether any matter should be pursued before the appellate courts, and assigns matters to the appellate staff.
  • Supervising and evaluating attorneys and support staff assigned to the Office of the Solicitor General. Reviewing legal briefs filed by the attorneys to ensure consistency and high quality written advocacy. Assigning all of the District’s appellate matters to appropriate staff. The Solicitor General may choose to write and/or argue particular cases himself or herself.
  • Developing written policies for District appellate practice and identifying training needs and suitable professional development programs for appellate advocacy and legal writing.
  • Maintaining a peer review and moot court system within the Office of the Solicitor General to ensure the highest quality written and oral appellate advocacy on behalf of the District of Columbia.
  • Monitoring the development of civil and criminal case law in the federal and local appellate courts.
  • Making the final recommendation to the Attorney General on whether the District of Columbia should initiate or join amicus briefs with other state Attorneys General on issues of mutual interest, and otherwise collaborating with other AG offices on complex and high priority matters.
  • Representing the District of Columbia in various organizations such as the National Association of Attorneys General.
  • Meeting with high level District and federal officials on matters of particular significance.

This position is an at-will appointment by the Attorney General of the District of Columbia and is in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS). Compensation is set by the Attorney General on the LX-2 pay band using a multitude of factors, including prior managerial experience. The selected candidate is required to become a resident of the District of Columbia within 180 days of appointment and remain a District resident during the tenure of the appointment.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have significant relevant supervisory experience, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage in a fast-paced litigation-oriented environment. In addition, the candidate must have strong appellate litigation experience and effective oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will also have substantive knowledge of OAG's practice areas and the operations of the District government.

ELIGIBILITY: The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

OTHER INFORMATION: The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see attachment for more information.