Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Staff Attorney 2

Recruitment #201117-0088AR-001


The State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management's (OPM) Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division (CJPPD) is recruiting for a Staff Attorney 2 to assist the Undersecretary for CJPPD.  This is an exciting opportunity to play a significant role in developing and implementing public policy, administering grants, and convening stakeholders to increase public safety and lower recidivism. In this role you will have the opportunity to apply legal expertise and criminal justice experience in a fast-paced, high-impact environment in which you will work closely with a dedicated team of skilled staff along with colleagues from across state government.

Selection Plan

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In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the legal work of the agency.


Developing and implementing policy; representing the undersecretary at public meetings with high-level officials and criminal justice system stakeholders; interpreting and administering pertinent laws; communicating research, legal, and policy analysis to state policymakers, state officials, and criminal justice system stakeholders; developing relationships with individuals both inside and outside the agency who might impact on program activities; directing staff and operations of division; coordinating, planning and managing division activities; evaluating staff; preparing division budget; directing activities, such as development and maintenance of a state planning program, preparation of statewide and regional plans, maintenance of a statewide plans inventory, preparation of federal aid applications, administration of federal grants; performs related duties as required.


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.


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.


The preferred candidate will have the following experience:
  • Developing and implementing policy;
  • Practicing criminal law or criminal justice, including but not limited to work for the courts, as a prosecutor or other law enforcement practitioner, and as a public defender or defense counsel;
  • Communicating findings from criminal justice data analysis, legal analysis, and policy review to state policymakers, state officials, and criminal justice system stakeholders;
  • Interpreting statutory and administrative policy and proposing policy options based on criminal and juvenile justice priorities; and
  • Administering federal and state grants.


1. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
2. May be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.