Title:  Assistant Attorney General - Department of Mental Health

Application Deadline Date:  Do not apply online - see instructions below
Req ID:  48732
Department:  Attorney General's Office

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  Salary commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Do not apply online. Please apply by sending your statement of interest, resume, and writing sample to Senior Assistant Attorney General Matthew Viens at matt.viens@vermont.gov. Please ensure that all resumes include all Bar admission information as well as date admitted. Please indicate “AAG - DMH” in the subject line of your email. Application deadline: January 05, 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.  


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 State of Vermont 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. Further, the Attorney General’s Office recognizes the importance of a healthy work-life balance and support the use of flexible workplace arrangements in accordance with applicable policies.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar, or eligible to waive in. Candidates must be willing to travel and work independently, but within the structure of a government legal team.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The State of Vermont 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 State 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 status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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