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Staff Attorney

Do you think practicing law should include a purpose as well as a paycheck? Are you more interested in finding creative solutions to complex and important problems than in fighting battles? Does serving the public while learning something new every day appeal to you? Do you want to work in a dynamic, diverse, cooperative, and respectful environment where your integrity, competence, and initiative will be appreciated? If so, consider a career where you serve the people of Colorado by helping the Colorado General Assembly provide effective representative government for all Coloradans. Consider a career where you don't just interpret or apply the law, but actually help make the law and address Colorado's most pressing public policy problems; where you use everything you bring to the table—your knowledge of the law and public policy, your research and writing skills, your interpersonal skills, your sound professional judgment, your ability to set aside your own biases, and, perhaps most of all, your intellectual curiosity and love of lifelong learning—to help make Colorado a better place. Consider a career with the Office of Legislative Legal Services ("OLLS"), the nonpartisan in-house counsel for the Colorado General Assembly.

The OLLS facilitates and supports the legislative work of the General Assembly and protects the General Assembly's organizational interests without participating in its politics. We draft legislation for all 100 state legislators, and we conduct legal and related public policy research for and provide legal advice to the legislators and the other nonpartisan legislative staff agencies. We also serve the people of Colorado directly by publishing and annotating the Colorado Revised Statutes, reviewing executive branch agency rules for compliance with constitutional and statutory requirements, reviewing and commenting on potential new laws proposed by citizens exercising their initiative rights, and providing to the public information related to the work of the General Assembly. We provide these services proudly and with excellence to forward the cause of effective government for all Coloradans.

The OLLS seeks three full-time staff attorneys.  Each candidate must be a Colorado licensed attorney, and we prefer candidates who have at least three years of legal experience and can demonstrate a strong interest in supporting the work of representative government without being politically active. The OLLS offers a total compensation package that includes a starting salary ranging from $68,530 - $80,500, commensurate with demonstrated qualifications and experience; health benefits; life insurance and short-term disability insurance; employer contributions to retirement; annual paid vacation and a compensation time policy; a monthly transit allowance; and an annual RTD EcoPass. For more information about what an OLLS Staff Attorney does, please see the full job description.

If a career at the Office of Legislative Legal Services intrigues you, please send your resume, writing sample, and a brief cover letter that highlights the reasons for your interest, any relevant legislative experience, and your salary requirements to olls.hr@state.co.us.

Application materials must be received before midnight on June 25, 2018. No phone calls, please. The OLLS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by law or regulation. All qualified applicants are given equal opportunity, and employment decisions are based exclusively on job-related factors.

Internship Program

Description

The office offers an exciting and varied internship experience to energetic and motivated law students with an interest in the legislative process. Depending on the semester, interns may experience a wide range of unique and rewarding experiences including the following:

  • Legislative bill drafting;

  • Researching state law;

  • Meetings with legislators and lobbyists;

  • Staffing legislative committee hearings during session or interim committee hearings during the interim for the office;

  • Preparation of official annotations to Colorado appellate opinions;

  • General legal research,

  • Review of executive agency rules for compliance with state and federal law and much more.

The internship program is strictly a "for-credit" opportunity. Interns are not paid for their experience at the office. The actual number of volunteer hours will be negotiated between the intern and the intern's mentor; however, a minimum of twelve hours per week is required to insure a rewarding experience for the intern.

Qualifications

The office seeks a motivated student who possesses strong writing skills and excellent people skills. The intern candidate should be a team worker, a quick learner, and flexible. The office will consider any second or third year law student, placing more emphasis on the individual's skills, qualities, and enthusiasm. Having completed a legislative drafting course or a legislative process course benefits a candidate but is not required.

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the OLLS Intern Coordinator. The cover letter should state which semester the applicant wishes to intern.

  • Fall Semester: Application deadline is July 1.

  • Spring Semester: Application deadline is October 15.

Contact Information for Internship Opportunities

ATTN: Intern Coordinator
Office of Legislative Legal Services
200 E Colfax Ave Ste 091
Denver CO 80203-1716

Email: olls.ga@state.co.us

Future Opportunities

On an on-going basis, the Office of Legislative Legal Services accepts resumes for legislative editor positions to be placed on file at the following address:

ATTN: OFFICE MANAGER
Office of Legislative Legal Services
200 E Colfax Ave Ste 091
Denver CO 80203-1716

Email: olls.ga@state.co.us

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