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Deputy Attorney General Series

Deputy Attorney General Series

California State Personnel Board Specification

Series established October 22, 1970

Scope

The classes in this series are used in the Office of the Attorney General to perform a wide variety of legal work concerned with representing the State, most of its officers, departments, boards, commissions, and other such bodies before the State and Federal courts and administrative bodies and acts as legal counsel for such agencies and officials; assisting or displacing local district attorneys in unusual situations; preparing pleading and other legal materials for trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings; presenting criminal and civil cases at trial (jury and nonjury); drafting and analyzing legislative measures and regulations; giving legal advice to grand juries, district attorneys, county counsels, officials, and representatives of public agencies on legal problems; performing legal research; writing opinions; and to do other related work. The series includes classes which are primarily nonsupervisory in nature with the exception of the Supervising Deputy Attorney General classification. 

 

Deputy Attorney General Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Schem Code Class Code Class
OC65 5730 Deputy Attorney General
OC60 5706 Deputy Attorney General III
OC50 5705 Deputy Attorney General IV
OC51 5701 Deputy Attorney General V
OC45 5703 Supervising Deputy Attorney General

Definition of Levels

All Levels:

Nonsupervisory classes generally perform similar duties. Differences between these classes are essentially in the level of service and expertise incumbents can be expected to provide and in the difficulty of assignments that they receive.

Deputy Attorney General

This is a recruitment class for persons qualified to practice law in the State of California. Incumbents assigned to Range A perform the least difficult professional legal work in the Department of Justice. Based upon the appropriate alternate range criteria, incumbents advance to Range B, C, and D and are assigned progressively more difficult professional legal work. Incumbents assigned to Range D are assigned the more complex and sensitive legal work in this class.

Deputy Attorney General III

Incumbents in this class are experienced attorneys who have developed the expertise necessary to capably perform complex and sensitive work of the Office of the Attorney General on an independent basis. A Deputy Attorney General III represents and acts as counsel for large State departments, for a group of boards and commissions whose legal work is difficult, and advises district attorneys, county counsels, grand juries, and other public agencies staffed principally by attorneys. Persons in this class are assigned difficult litigation and handle cases that  may be appealed to the highest courts. They may act as a leadperson over the work of other attorneys.

Deputy Attorney General IV

Incumbents in this class are well-experienced attorneys with expertise in a broad or specialized area of law and have demonstrated their ability to independently perform assignments consisting of the more complex and sensitive legal work of the Office of the Attorney General and to consistently produce favorable results on these proceedings. A Deputy Attorney General IV represents and acts as counsel for large State departments, for a group of boards and commissions whose legal work is more difficult, and advises district attorneys, county counsels, grand juries, and other public agencies staffed principally by attorneys. Persons in this class are assigned litigation of great difficulty and handle cases that are likely to be appealed to the highest courts. They may act as leadpersons over the work of other attorneys.

Deputy Attorney General V

Incumbents in this class are the most experienced attorneys and are considered to be the top experts in a broad or specialized area of law.  They have demonstrated their ability to independently perform assignments consisting of the most difficult, complex and sensitive legal work of the Office of the Attorney General and to consistently produce favorable results on these proceedings. A Deputy Attorney General V represents and acts as counsel for the largest State departments, for a group of boards and commissions whose legal work is exceptionally difficult, and advises district attorneys, county counsels, grand juries, and other public agencies staffed principally by attorneys. Persons in this class are assigned litigation of the greatest difficulty and handle cases that are very likely to be appealed to the highest courts. They may act as leadpersons over the work of other attorneys. 

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

This is the working supervisor level. Individuals in this class plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate attorneys and may supervise both paralegal and/or support staff; evaluate the performance of subordinate staff and take or effectively recommend appropriate action; provide training to subordinate attorneys; interview and select or actively participate in the interview and selection process for subordinate staff; develop strategy and tactics in the most complex disputes or litigation; and may personally perform the most difficult and complex litigation, negotiation, legislative liaison, hearings, legal research, and opinion drafting.

Minimum Qualifications

All classes require active membership in The California State Bar. (Applicants who are not members of The California State Bar but who are eligible to take The California State Bar examination will be admitted to the examination but will not be considered eligible for appointment until they are admitted to The State Bar.)

Deputy Attorney General

Membership in The California State Bar. (Applicants must have active membership in The California State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment. Applicants who are not members of The California State Bar but who are eligible to take The California State Bar examination will be admitted to the examination but will not be considered eligible for appointment until they are admitted to The State Bar.)

Deputy Attorney General III

Six years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or in the private practice of law.* (Applicants will be admitted to the examination upon completion of five and one-half years of legal experience, but must complete six years of such experience before they will be eligible for appointment.)

Deputy Attorney General IV

Ten years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or in the private practice of law*, four years of which must have been at a level of responsibility equivalent to Deputy Attorney General III. (Applicants who have completed nine years and six months of the required total legal experience including three years and six months of the required experience comparable to the Deputy Attorney General III class will be admitted into the examination but must complete the required ten years total legal experience which includes at least four years of experience at the Deputy Attorney General III level before they will be eligible for appointment.)

Deputy Attorney General V

Thirteen years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or in the private practice of law*, three years of which must have been at a level of responsibility equivalent to Deputy Attorney General IV. The three years of experience at the Deputy Attorney General IV level must be obtained in California State Civil Service. (Applicants who have completed twelve years and six months of the required total legal experience including two years and six months of the required experience comparable to the Deputy Attorney General IV class will be admitted into the examination but must complete the required thirteen years total legal experience which includes at least three years of experience at the Deputy Attorney General IV level before they will be eligible for appointment.) 

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

Eight years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or in the private practice of law*, two years of which must have been at a level of responsibility equivalent to a Deputy Attorney General III. The two years of experience equivalent to the Deputy Attorney General III level must be obtained in the California State Civil Service.

Knowledge and Abilities

All Levels:

Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application; professional and ethical rules as they relate to the practice of law and particularly the role of public attorneys, to ensure the rules are strictly followed by oneself as well as other attorneys. Examples include Federal/State statutes, rules (e.g., Rules of Professional Conduct), and case law defining the scope of the attorney-client privilege, and local rules establishing standards of conduct and sanctions for misconduct by attorneys; available research sources, both printed and electronic, to complete legal research, including what type of material they contain, where they are located, and their breadth, depth, and relative strengths and weaknesses. Examples include primary and secondary legal texts, and electronic databases; scope and character of California statutory law and provisions of the California Constitution; principles and practices for properly conducting legal research, such as ensuring law is current and checking for recent amendments to statutes; principles of administrative and constitutional law, rules of evidence, and conduct of proceedings in trial and appellate courts of California and the United States and before administrative bodies; duties and powers of the Attorney General of California; and the English language to effectively produce a variety of written work products. Includes knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence, and paragraph structure, organization, and appropriate vocabulary.


Ability to: Prepare, present, and handle legal cases; perform research; analyze difficult and complex legal problems, and apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts; present statements of facts, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; analyze and draft proposed legislative measures; handle difficult legal correspondence; direct the work of clerical and professional assistants; edit written documents written by oneself, as well as those produced by others, for accuracy and effectiveness; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; reason logically; work cooperatively with a variety of individuals and organizations; and exercise good judgment.


A greater degree of these "Knowledge and Abilities" is required at each higher level.

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

Knowledge of: In addition to the above, applicable collective bargaining agreements and related issues; State and department policies and procedures; disciplinary guidelines and personnel rules; and a supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.


Ability to: Plan and direct the work of subordinate staff, and effectively supervise the work of a group of attorneys and paralegal and support staff; review and monitor cases for efficient and effective progress; initiate and review personnel matters; and effectively promote equal opportunity employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

Special Personal Characteristics

All Levels:

Honesty, integrity, reliability, fair, and conscientious.

Class History

Deputy Attorney General Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed
Class Date Established Date Revised Title Changed
Deputy Attorney General 03/25/1986 04/24/2012 --
Deputy Attorney General III 04/08/1944 11/05/2015 03/17/1976
Deputy Attorney General IV 10/22/1970 11/05/2015 03/17/1976
Deputy Attorney General V 11/05/2015 -- --
Supervising Deputy Attorney General 05/02/2006 04/24/2012 --

Alternate Range Criteria 225

Experience gained outside of State service may be credited only if the appointing power believes the experience was satisfactory and comparable in type and quality to that of a Deputy Attorney General.


When the requirements for the particular criteria are met and upon recommendation of the appointing power, the employee shall receive a rate under the provisions of Section 599.676.


Range A. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California and who do not meet the criteria for payment in Range B, C, or D.


Range B. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California and who, in addition, have satisfactorily completed one (1) year of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or in the private practice of law.* Evidence of such experience may be in the form of a work record of legal experience inside or outside State service.


Range C. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California and who, in addition, have satisfactorily completed two (2) years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or private practice of law.* Evidence of such experience may be in the form of a work record of legal experience inside or outside State service.


Range D. This range shall apply to individuals who are active members of The State Bar of California who, in addition, have satisfactorily completed four (4) years of legal experience in the practice of law in a governmental jurisdiction or private practice of law.* Evidence of such experience may be in the form of a work record of legal experience inside or outside State service.


For the purposes of this Alternate Range, experience in the practice of law or performing legal duties is defined as: (1) only that legal experience acquired after admission to any State Bar, or (2)experience as a judicial clerk for a federal court, California's state courts, or any other state's courts, to constitute experience in the practice of law. For an individual's judicial clerkship to qualify as experience in the practice of law or performing legal duties, the experience must have been gained after receipt of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree.
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*Experience in the "practice of law" or "performing legal duties" is defined as: (1) only that legal experience acquired after admission to any State Bar, or (2) experience as a judicial clerk for a federal court, California's state courts, or any other state's courts, to constitute experience in the practice of law. For an individual's judicial clerkship to qualify as experience in the practice of law or performing legal duties, the experience must have been gained after receipt of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree.

  Updated: 12/22/2015
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