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Job Posting: Civil Rights Enforcement Section - Racial and Social Justice Attorneys

Department of Justice

Civil Rights Enforcement Section - Racial and Social Justice Attorneys

$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Are you interested in joining a dynamic team of attorneys utilizing the authority of the state to advance civil rights, social justice, and racial equity?  The Civil Rights Enforcement Section (CRES) is seeking experienced and motivated attorneys to join our team working in these critical areas.  

CRES handles a broad range of significant civil rights and constitutional matters on behalf of the Attorney General and the State of California.  The advertised positions will support CRES’ general civil rights work and CRES’ increasing workload addressing racial justice, social justice, equity, and implicit and explicit bias in policing and governmental services such as education, child welfare, and voting rights.  General topics of work include supporting  CRES'  implementation of AB 3121, the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, as well as to build and develop CRES’ work in the areas of children's justice, constitutional policing and use of force issues, hate crimes, disability rights, and the protection of targeted populations.  Well-qualified candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, countering bias, and advancing the rights of Californians through investigation, litigation, or other forms of advocacy, as explained in their cover letters.  

Assignments in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section may include: proactively planning, organizing, managing, and conducting large-scale investigations and civil litigation, often on cutting edge, novel issues of law and fact; researching complex legal issues and authoring amicus curiae briefs on emerging constitutional rights, civil liberties, and federalism issues; engaging with civil rights organizations, other advocates, and members of the public; providing advice on sensitive and high-profile matters to the Attorney General, other high level state officials and agencies, and other sections and divisions of the California Department of Justice (Cal DOJ); reviewing and analyzing proposed state legislation; preparing informational materials for the public; and developing model policies, training, and best practices for state and local agencies.  Well-qualified candidates will have demonstrated an ability to work in a focused and dedicated team while maintaining a proactive focus on individual contribution to the overall mission. The most competitive candidates will likely have significant experience with systemic impact investigations and/or developing and litigating complex matters in federal and state courts. 

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Civil Rights Enforcement Section - Racial and Social Justice Attorneys
$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 A
$11,020.00 - $14,149.00 A
$11,641.00 - $14,857.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Week:

Department Information

  • These positions are being re-advertised. If you previously applied for job control JC-247155, you do not need to reapply.
  • These positions are located in the Division of Public Rights, Civil Rights Enforcement Section, and may be filled in San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, or San Diego. 
  • 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.
  • DAG IV and DAG V consideration - lateral transfers only.
  • For more information about the department, please visit the Attorney General’s website at
  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • JC-268558 must be clearly stated in the "Examination or Job Title(s) for which you are Applying" section located on page one of your state application.
  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at
  • The DAG III examination may be found on-line at
  • DAG III applicants are those with at least 6 years of legal experience.

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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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: Courtney Tanner (JC-268558)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Justice
Courtney Tanner (JC-268558)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

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

  • Current version of the 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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - A cover letter is required. In your cover letter, you should explain how you have demonstrated a commitment to, or motivation for, working in the coveredsubject matter areas (racial justice, social justice, and children's rights) throughout your career.
  • Other - Writing Sample, consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief is required.
  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

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:
CRES is seeking candidates with all ranges of experience as an attorney in terms of years of practice, professional experience (especially including investigations and litigation), and also legislative advocacy, enforcement, and dispute resolution. Because CRES handles matters across a wide variety of subject matter areas, the most competitive candidates will possess a background in any of a variety of general civil rights issues, especially those described above.


Please access this link to the CalHR Benefit Summary for information on benefits afforded to employees who work for the State of California:

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Katyria Serrano
(213) 269-6655
Hiring Unit Contact:
Courtney Tanner
(916) 210-7235

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.

Additional Application Filing Information

Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. To ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use electronic delivery via CalCareers. Use of parcel service, or certified mail is recommended if submitting paper applications as one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date. If sending paper applications, please email the HR contact listed in this job vacancy to confirm receipt of your materials.

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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail