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Assistant Attorney General - Department of Mental Health Litigation Unit

May 8, 2024

The Vermont Office of the Attorney General, Department of Mental Health Litigation Unit, has an immediate opening for an energetic and talented full-time Assistant Attorney General who will be responsible for representing the Vermont Department of Health.

The Attorney General’s Department of Mental Health Litigation unit provides legal services to all of the Department’s Divisions.  Responsibilities of this position include litigating involuntary treatment cases in the Vermont Superior Court Family Division, cases involving competency and involuntary treatment in the Criminal Division, and representing the Department in administrative appeals before the Human Services Board. Other duties include contract review, related administrative legal work, and training mental health providers on all aspects of Vermont’s mental health laws.  The Unit consists of four Assistant Attorneys General who work closely with the Department of Mental Health General Counsel.

Located in Waterbury, the AAG will be responsible for handling litigation in Vermont Civil and Criminal Courts.  Candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills and be capable of working as part of a team. Preference will be given to applicants with relevant experience, especially in Vermont, but newly admitted attorneys are welcome to apply. Candidates must be willing to travel and work independently, but within the structure of a government legal team. Self-reliance, IT skills and knowledge of state and federal health law, regulations and policies are a plus. Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar, or eligible to waive in. 

This assistant attorney general position is an exempt full-time position. Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications and experience in accordance with the Attorney Pay Plan.  The State of Vermont offers a benefit package rivaling any employer in Vermont, which includes a top-notch health care plan, generous sick and annual leave, and employer contribution to pension plans. 

This position will remain open until filled. Please respond by sending your statement of interest, resume, and writing sample to Senior Assistant Attorney General Mathew Viens, Sr. Assistant Attorney General, at Please ensure that your resume includes date of entry for all State Bar admissions.

The Attorney General’s Office recognizes the importance of a healthy work-life balance and supports the use of flexible workplace arrangements in accordance with its policies.  The Vermont Attorney General’s Office celebrates diversity and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The Attorney General’s Office does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental, or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. Employment decisions are merit based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions are forbidden.

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