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					OFFICE OF THE ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL
VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY PROGRAM
The Attorney General’s Office, Arizona’s largest law firm, has implemented a Volunteer Attorney Program
for attorneys willing to serve as an Assistant Attorney General without compensation.

With the slow economy forcing hiring freezes and layoffs in private firms, many lawyers are finding it difficult
to get a job. Several law firms are delaying new hires and subsidizing salaries for attorneys that commit
some time to public service. Retired lawyers are seeking meaningful ways to contribute their expertise.

The State budget crisis has had a severe impact on the Attorney General’s Office. With increasing work
loads and reduced staff, our dedicated lawyers are working harder than ever to meet the demands of
representing over 100 State agencies. Volunteer Attorneys can assist in that important effort and heighten
their legal skills by working with exceptional lawyers on a wide range of complex issues.

The Attorney General's Office offers CLE programs throughout the year to assist our attorneys in
completing their annual mandatory 15 hours of continuing legal education (including three hours of ethics).
Volunteer Attorneys will be able to participate in those programs at no charge. In addition, Volunteer
Attorneys working in the Protective Services Section of the Child and Family Protection Division will be
provided with in-depth training to handle cases on behalf of Child Protective Services.

Consider being a volunteer Assistant Attorney General and experience the rewards of public service!

                                                    Criteria

▪ Applicants must be fingerprinted by the Attorney General’s Office and pass a criminal background check
  through State and federal agencies before service can begin.
▪ Volunteer Attorneys must be licensed and a member in good standing of the Arizona bar.
▪ Volunteer Attorneys will be covered for malpractice for work done for the Attorney General’s Office
  through the Risk Management Division of the Arizona Department of Administration.
▪ Volunteer Attorneys, particularly those wanting to continue working part-time in private practice while
  volunteering, will need to consult with our Special Counsel for Ethics and Training to identify all conflicts,
  obtain waivers, and set up screens, as appropriate, prior to working for the Attorney General’s Office.
▪ A six-month minimum commitment is preferred.

                                             Application Process

Please submit the following to volunteerattorneys@azag.gov:
▪ Cover letter indicating available start date and practice area interest (placement may depend on Office
  needs)
▪ Resume with bar admission date(s)
▪ Three professional references with contact information
▪ Writing sample


                                    About the Attorney General’s Office
The Attorney General’s Office represents and provides legal advice to most State agencies, enforces
consumer protection and civil rights laws, and prosecutes criminals charged with complex financial crimes
and conspiracies involving illegal drugs. The Office brings and defends lawsuits on behalf of the State,
prepares formal legal opinions, and handles all appeals statewide from felony convictions. The Child and
Family Protection Division provides legal services to the Department of Economic Security, including Child
Protective Services and Child Support Enforcement. The Office has jurisdiction over Arizona's Consumer
Fraud Act, white collar crime, organized crime, public corruption, environmental laws, civil rights laws, and
crimes committed in more than one county. Visit www.azag.gov (About the Office) for more information.
Additional questions can be directed to Program Director Sally Ripley at volunteerattorneys@azag.gov.


ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ▪ 1275 WEST WASHINGTON STREET ▪ PHOENIX, AZ 85007 ▪ 602 542 5025 ▪ WWW.AZAG.GOV

				
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