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ASSISTANT SOLICITOR GENERAL (Q064U)

Date:  Jun 21, 2024
Req ID:  27703
Location: 

Little Rock, AR, US, 72202

Category:  OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Anticipated Starting Salary:  $100,000.00-$140,000.00

ASSISTANT SOLICITOR GENERAL – OFFICE OF SOLICITOR GENERAL

 

Join an elite team of lawyers at the forefront of Arkansas's legal landscape. Our Office offers a dynamic, fast-paced environment where cutting-edge legal issues are debated and litigated daily. If you're a brilliant, talented lawyer passionate about the law and looking to make a significant impact, this is the place for you.

 

**Position Overview**:

As an Assistant Solicitor General, you'll play a key role in representing Arkansas in appellate litigation, shaping the future of our state's jurisprudence. You'll work alongside some of the brightest legal minds in the state and across the nation, tackling complex cases that matter to our citizens, our state and the nation's future. 

 

**Key Responsibilities**

  1. Represent Arkansas in appellate courts, including the Arkansas Supreme Court, Federal Appellate Courts and potentially the U.S. Supreme Court. Immediate opportunity to argue in the Eighth Circuit and the Arkansas Supreme Court. 
  2. Research, draft, and present persuasive appellate briefs and oral arguments.
  3. Collaborate with the Solicitor General and other Assistant Solicitors General to determine strategic approaches to cases.
  4. Advise and consult with other Attorney General Office divisions on appellate issues, including strategic and critical litigation at the trial level.
  5. Stay updated on significant legal developments and provide insight to the Solicitor General and Attorney General Tim Griffin on potential implications for the U.S. and Arkansas.
  6. Participate in moot courts and provide feedback to colleagues preparing for oral arguments.

 

**Qualifications**:

  1. Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  2. License to practice law in Arkansas or ability to obtain a license quickly.
  3. Proven experience in appellate litigation; clerkship experience is a plus.
  4. Elite writing, research, and oral advocacy skills.
  5. Exceptional academic record: Attendance at a top-ranked law school and experience from a federal clerkship, national law firm, or public interest is strongly favored. 
  6. Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities.
  7. Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.

 

**Benefits**:

  • Competitive salary with state benefits in a state with the 4th lowest cost of living in the U.S. 
  • Opportunity for professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Chance to work on high-profile cases that shape Arkansas and the national legal landscape.
  • Dynamic and supportive working environment.

 

Alumni of the Office include:

  • A federal district court judge.
  • Lawyers working for a religious-liberty organization and D.C.-based law firm.
  • A U.S. Supreme Court clerk.

 

Current members of the Office include:

  • Former DC-based practitioners.
  • A former federal official.
  • Multiple former federal court of appeals clerks.

 

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript to positions@arkansasag.gov.

 

Position Information

Class Code: Q064U

Grade: Q064U

FLSA Status: NON-EXEMPT

Salary Range: -

Summary

Assistant Solicitor General is expected to prepare and file flawless papers at all levels of litigation. Assistant Solicitor General is expected to juggle multiple cases in which he/she is either the drafting lawyer or the supervisor. The Assistant Solicitor General is expected to produce superior work product while instilling an atmosphere of teamwork, professionalism, and mutual respect.

Functions

Assistant Solicitor General is to assist the Office of Solicitor General, which is responsible for the State’s litigation in the United States Supreme Court and is primarily responsible for constitutional, high-profile, and strategic litigation in the federal courts of appeal and the Arkansas Supreme Court.  The office is also involved in supervising strategic and critical litigation at the trial level and works with other solicitor general offices across the country to coordinate nationwide litigation strategy. The Assistant Solicitor General will be involved in developing and executing case strategy, researching for, and drafting portions of trial-level and appellate briefs—including briefs to be filed in Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court—and conducting oral arguments.  

Dimensions

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to carry out instructions. Ability to conduct an investigation or negotiation and plan an approach.  Should be able to develop a completed decision, report, brief, opinion, contract, or other product.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be law school graduates with an exceptional academic record and a passion for public service.  Attendance at a top-ranked law school is highly favored.  Applicants must have outstanding research and writing skills, a familiarity with and interest in federal constitutional law and statutory interpretation, and an interest in Arkansas constitutional law.  Experience from a federal judicial clerkship, national law firm, or public interest fellowship is strongly favored.  Applicants must be licensed and admitted to practice law in at least one State or have admission pending.  Admission to practice law in Arkansas is not a prerequisite for application, but an applicant who is not licensed in Arkansas and who accepts the position will be required to apply for admission in Arkansas.

Licenses

Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas or able to apply for such licensure.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript to positions@arkansasag.gov.

 

State of Arkansas job applications will not be accepted.

 


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