At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy.
Looking for a new challenge? DEEP's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) currently is recruiting for two Staff Attorney 2 positions, one in the Adjudications Unit and one in the Education, Outreach, and Enforcement Unit which represents PURA's EOE in specific proceedings. Both positions are located at our headquarters at Ten Franklin Square in New Britain, CT.
PURA's attorneys have a broad range of duties. In these roles, you will:
The work of PURA is governed by statutes and regulations. As such, there are deadlines and due process requirements that PURA must meet.
- Provide legal advice
- Act as hearing officers
- Conduct complex legal research
- Provide and check cites and statutory references
- Draft legal portions of Decisions
- Interpret statutes
- Review findings, draft, edit and/or review decisions, notices, etc. for legal appropriateness and sufficiency
- Act as a mediator
- Draft proposed legislation
- Represent PURA’s Education, Outreach, and Enforcement Unit in some PURA proceedings.
Other relevant information:
We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!
- Full-time (40 hours per week)
- First shift (Monday-Friday, must be flexible based on agency needs)
- Location: Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT
PURA is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut. PURA is statutorily charged with regulating many aspects of Connecticut's utility sector, including but not limited to: ensuring the prudence of electric system modernization, natural gas system expansion and water system infrastructure investments, reviewing mergers and acquisitions in all the above regulated sectors, conducting periodic utility rate cases, overseeing service quality, safety, and investment for the state's telecommunications infrastructure, and implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety.
These positions are non-examined. Open to the public.
Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.
Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to bring a writing sample and to provide three references.
Selected candidates must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
Questions about this opening should be directed to the recruiter, Jake Ferrari, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the legal work of the agency.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs advanced and complex legal work of an agency; researches, interprets, analyzes and applies complex and conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles; acts as hearing officer or represents agency in formal administrative and public proceedings on a full range of cases involving complex legal and technical issues; negotiates and drafts settlement agreements; drafts advisory opinions, rulings, decisions, recommendations, findings, legislation, statutes, regulations, publications and other related legal documents; assists in the preparation and presentation of trials and appeals; consults with the Office of the Attorney General on legal issues; researches complex legal issues; conducts investigations and enforcement proceedings; prepares comprehensive reports for use in administrative and court proceedings; prepares pleadings and other court papers; interprets and applies complex or conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles; participates in the conduct of various educational activities; provides legal guidance when duly authorized; provides input into policy formation; may testify at or monitor legislative proceedings; may represent agency in court when authorized; reviews court decisions, new and proposed laws and regulations to determine impact on agency operations; prepares and maintains precedent manuals; reviews legal and other related documents for legal sufficiency; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of legal principles, practices and procedures in Connecticut; considerable knowledge of legal research techniques; considerable knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act; considerable knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; knowledge of the rules of evidence; knowledge of criminal and constitutional law and legislative process; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to apply judicial decisions to the interpretation of statutes; considerable ability to comprehend, analyze and organize technical data and coordinate elements of legal cases.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
STAFF ATTORNEY 2: Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law.
STAFF ATTORNEY 3: Three (3) years of experience in the practice of law at the level of Staff Attorney 2 in the same state agency.
- Experience in litigation
- Experience in appellate judicial clerkship
- Experience conducting complex legal research using electronic databases
- Excellent writing skills
- Mediation or negotiation experience and skills
- Experience in practice of administrative law
1. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
2. May be required to travel.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.