Job Posting

Department of Justice



Final Filing Date: 10/18/2017

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.

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-81983
Position #(s):
$8,856.00 - $11,361.00
$9,782.00 - $12,560.00
$5,387.00 - $9,385.00
# of Positions: 2
Work Location: San Diego County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work Week: Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • These positions may be filled in either San Diego (JC-81983), Sacramento (JC-81967), Oakland (JC-82852) or Los Angeles (JC-81872).  Please clearly indicate your city preference on your State Application.  If you would like to apply for multiple cities, you need only submit one application with all applicable job control numbers.
  • These positions are based within the Civil Rights Enforcement Section of the Public Rights Division. 
  • Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for this position.
  • 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.
  • For more information about the Department, please visit the Attorney General's website at .

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Justice is responsible for protecting and serving the people and interests of California. Among other things, we represent the People of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, intermediate appellate courts, and supreme courts of California and the United States, and serve as legal counsel to state officers, and most state agencies, boards, and commissions.

The Civil Rights Enforcement Section investigates and litigates civil rights matters to enforce state and federal civil rights laws in California, and engages in appellate work in both state and federal court. Subject areas include California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, civil rights provisions of the California and United States Constitutions, police practices, including implementation of the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953), voting rights, reproductive rights, fair housing laws, discrimination in employment, state and federal disability rights, state laws that provide civil remedies to redress hate violence and barriers to education, and environmental justice. In addition to engaging in legal work on behalf of the Attorney General in his independent capacity, the Section represents state agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Native American Heritage Commission. Many of the assignments involve complex, high profile, and cutting-edge legal issues.

The Civil Rights Enforcement Section seeks experienced attorneys to join its team conducting reviews of the condition of immigration detention facilities in the State of California pursuant to new legislation. The Section seeks skilled attorneys with a general understanding of immigration law and experience engaging in detention work and/or prison litigation to review the conditions of confinement, assess the standard of care and due process provided to individuals detained, and examine the circumstances around their apprehension and transfer(s). The Deputies will work closely with a team of experts throughout the large-scale investigations, and will enjoy a varied practice, including, among other things, performing legal and factual research related to complex interrelated constitutional and statutory matters; engaging in site visits of detention facilities throughout the State; engaging with immigrant and civil rights organizations and other stakeholders; reviewing and analyzing related proposed state legislation; reviewing and evaluating complaints lodged with the Office of the Attorney General; and preparing findings reports, as well as informational materials for the public and law enforcement agencies.

Attorneys hired into these positions will also be assigned projects on a variety of additional civil rights issues.

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (JC-81983) 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 State Application.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel to remote locations within the state, sometimes with little notice. 

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: 10/18/2017

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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 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: Cheryl Fairman (JC-81983)
Office of the Attorney General/Public Rights Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at 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.
  • Other -
    • A cover letter is required.
    • A writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief, preferably written in the prior six months, is required.
    • Please follow the link to complete an optional recruitment survey and help us determine the effectiveness of our recruiting efforts:
  • Resume is required and must be included.
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:
Strong applicants will have excellent analytical, research, writing, and communication skills. A strong motivation to work on immigrant detention, civil rights, and constitutional law matters is highly desirable. Strong applicants will also have civil litigation experience. Knowledge of state and federal civil rights laws and/or constitutional law, experience with conducting pattern or practice civil rights investigations, particularly regarding detention facilities and law enforcement issues, high impact litigation, and relevant linguistic skills are highly desirable. A demonstrated interest in and talent for analyzing complex legal and public policy issues in an objective and effective manner are highly desirable. Initiative, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work well with supervisors, within a team and independently are also critical. Strong applicants will also demonstrate that they will exercise good judgment when handling projects and interacting with staff, clients, other governmental agencies, members of the public, and opposing counsel. Strong applicants will have a positive attitude, an intellectual curiosity for the law, and a strong work ethic.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Nancy Beninati, Supervising Deputy Attorney General
    (510) 879-0010
  • 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.

You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
Use Your CalCareer Account

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Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this job without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Job Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Job Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD 678)