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Assistant Attorney General for Energy & Environment Bureau Environmental Protection Division

Boston, MA

Primary Duties: The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) will work independently and in teams to perform complex legal work, including investigating and prosecuting civil environmental enforcement cases; serving as lead or co-counsel in litigation in state and federal courts; preparing legal notices, briefs, comment letters, and other associated litigation and regulatory documents; conducting in-depth analysis and preparing legal memoranda; interpreting laws and regulations; reviewing and developing recommendations regarding proposed legislation and regulations; providing legal advice to agency clients; responding to public inquiries; and working closely with the Office’s communications and policy teams on press and public, municipal, and legislative outreach. The AAG will be responsible for all aspects of day-to-day case management, including fact development, litigation, and communications with opposing counsel, state agencies, experts, the public, and partner states and organizations.

Position Requirements: Applicants must have significant litigation experience with a preference for environmental protection litigation; ability and desire to oversee multiple complex and challenging matters simultaneously; strong negotiation, analytical, research, and written and oral communication skills; and the ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment. Applicants must be able to effectively represent and advocate for the Commonwealth and the Attorney General before the courts, federal, state, and local agencies and governments, and the public and to quickly and successfully learn previously unfamiliar concepts and material. Applicants must be a member of the Massachusetts Bar with at least 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney. A history of professional commitment to public service or public interest work is preferred. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a connection to the people and communities we serve, and an interest in supporting a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Position Type: Full-Time/Exempt

Salary: Salary is based on JD year and experience

Application Process: To apply for this position, visit the AGO website at to register and create a profile, upload your cover letter and resume, and submit an application. Candidates may only apply directly using the AGO’s online Employment and Recruitment jobs portal. 

Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We will gladly assist applicants who are in need of an accommodation. For assistance, contact the Human Resources Division at (617) 963-2041. 

Inquiries regarding position and status may be made to: 

Jessica Young, Programs and Initiatives Manager 

Environmental Protection Division 

(617) 963-2175 

The Attorney General 's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As the representative of the Commonwealth and its residents, the Attorney General's Office strives to ensure that those working in our office reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The Office encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

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