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ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Senior Assistant Attorney General (5704)

ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Senior Assistant Attorney General

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: OC30
  • Class Code: 5704
  • Established: 07/03/1952
  • Revised: 04/17/1984
  • Title Changed: 07/29/1971


Under the direction of a Chief Assistant Attorney General, C.E.A., to plan, organize, and direct the work of a group of subordinate attorneys working in a specialized field of law on a statewide basis; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

On a statewide basis provides functional and administrative super vision to a group of subordinate attorneys working in a specialized field of the law or legal activity in the Division of Criminal Law, the Division of Civil Law or the Division of Special Operations; coordinates the work of his/her section with the work of other sections in the same or other divisions as appropriate; consults with the Chief Assistant Attorney General, C.E.A., in the formulation of litigation policy and objectives, personnel management and employee utilization; plans for the training and development of subordinate staff and insures that personal development plans are carried out; assists subordinate staff in planning for and carrying out the most complex and difficult litigation; plans the distribution of work and reviews attorney work product to insure consistent application of departmental policies and procedures; coordinates the work of his/her section with local jurisdictions and other State departments as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

Membership in The State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in The State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.) and Four years of experience performing legal duties* in a class with a level of responsibility not less than that of Deputy Attorney General III.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Scope and character of California statutory law and provisions of the California Constitution; statutes and constitutional provisions governing the organization, duties, powers, and conduct of the work of the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Justice; principles of administrative and constitutional law; rules of evidence and conduct of proceedings in trial and appellate courts in California and the United States and before administrative bodies; legal research methods; methods and problems involved in administering the work of a governmental law office; principles of supervision and personnel management; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Skill in: Preparing and conducting actions and proceedings before courts and administrative bodies.


Ability to: Perform research; plan and direct the activities of a technical staff; address an audience effectively; analyze difficult and complex legal problems, and apply legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; give advice and assistance as a consultant in a particular field of law; analyze and draft proposed legislative measures; handle difficult legal correspondence; in the confidence and respect of members of the legal profession and other persons contacted in the work; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

  Updated: 9/12/2017
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