California Department of Justice

California state agencies manage our air, water, wildlife, forests and other natural resources, and when those agencies need advice or are in court, they turn to the Natural Resources Law Section for legal representation.  We are looking for an intelligent and passionate attorney to join our section to help further our client agencies’ missions of protecting and fairly managing our state’s natural resources.

You will advise and represent state agencies including the Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Control Board and the nine regional water quality control boards, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Game Commission, CAL FIRE and the Board of Forestry, and the Department of Food & Agriculture, among others.  Attorneys in the section will typically handle cases involving air pollution, water rights and water supply, water quality, CEQA, endangered species, wildfire cost recovery,  as well as business and corporate issues.

The position’s duties include representing state agencies in litigation matters from soup to nuts: from providing pre-litigation advice, to every aspect of pre-trial and trial litigation, through the appellate process.   You will serve as plaintiff’s counsel prosecuting civil environmental enforcement cases, and as defense counsel defending state agency actions.  You may also advise some boards and commissions on compliance with open meeting laws and on other issues when asked.  Most of your work will be in state and federal courts in California, but some could be in courts in other states as well.  Every deputy’s case load varies, and attorneys who are mission driven and welcome challenges thrive here.

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