Salary : $2,166.40 – $3,432.80 Biweekly

Location : Baton Rouge, LA

Job Type: Classified

Job Number: 23-89 Atty EB

Department: Department of Environmental Quality


Opening Date: 08/18/2023

Closing Date: 9/1/2023 11:59 PM Central

Supplemental Information
23-89 Atty EB
Attorney 1/2/3

This announcement will be used to fill 2 vacancies. Both positions are domiciled in East Baton Rouge Parish. One position is in the Permits section and one is in the Regulation Development and General Law section.

These positions may be filled as either probational appointments, job appointments (a temporary appointment not to exceed four years), or promotions of permanent classified employees. If the positions are filled as job appointments, they could be converted to probational appointments should funding become available.

The Legal Permits’ attorney represents the Office of Environmental Services (OES). This attorney defends the Department’s final permit actions, advises OES in all permitting matters, and performs any special assignments assigned by his immediate supervisor, deputy- and general counsels, and executive counsel.

The General Law attorney represents and advises the Department in such matters as collections, bankruptcy, and contracts. This attorney assists in the process of regulation development and legislative drafting, and performs any special assignments assigned by his immediate supervisor, deputy- and general counsels, and executive counsel.

There is a Special Entrance Rate (SER) for this position as follows:
Attorney 1 – $27.08/hourly or $2,166.40 bi-weekly
Attorney 2 – $28.98/hourly or $2,318.40 bi-weekly
Attorney 3 – $32.02/hourly or $2,561.60 bi-weekly

There is premium pay in this position in the amount of up to $2.00/hour for every hour worked based on your years of experience in the Department of Environmental Quality’s Legal Division.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as an Attorney 1, 2 or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant. The maximum salary for the Attorney 3 is $109,325. Please refer to the “Job Specifications” tab located at the top of the LA Careers “Current Job Opportunities page” for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualification requirements and job concepts for each level.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the “Apply” link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.

Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*

Applicants qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment. Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application if possible (PDF format preferred). The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.

Applications will be rejected if the applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications, submits an incomplete application or fails to apply by the closing date of the announcement.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application listing complete work experience and education.

You must submit an equivalency evaluation statement for any international degree(s) by the closing of this announcement.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Louisiana is a State as a Model Employer for individuals with disabilities.

For further information about this vacancy, contact:
Emily Barthelemy
Human Resources
LA Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 4303
Baton Rouge, LA 70821


Possession of a license to practice law in the state of Louisiana.

Job Concepts
Function of Work:
To assist an attorney of higher rank in the preparation of court cases and/or advisory opinions and may litigate and/or prepare advisory opinions in cases of a routine nature.

Level of Work:

Supervision Received:
General from a higher ranking attorney, administrative law judge, or other agency administrator/executive.

Supervision Exercised:

Location of Work:
May be used in all agencies.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Attorney 2 by the level of supervision received and the level of expertise required in the preparation of legal opinions/courts cases assigned or hearings conducted.
Examples of Work
Litigates routine cases in trial and appellate courts and before administrative tribunals under the supervision of a higher ranking attorney.

Assists an attorney of higher rank in preparing major or complex cases for trial by drafting pleadings, interviewing witnesses, writing legal memoranda and briefs.

Enters claims for collecting monies due the state.

Assists in preparing proposed legislation.

Drafts tentative rules and regulations and reviews rules, regulations, and bulletins prepared by administrative officers for conformity to the law.

Investigates reports of violations of statutes and administrative rules and regulations.

Prepares advisory opinions for review by a higher ranking attorney.

Prepares or reviews legal documents, including contracts, licenses, deeds, and abstracts.

Researches laws applicable to the above activities.

To conduct hearings and to render decisions.

Convenes hearings that are of a routine nature; issues subpoenas; administers oaths; hears testimony; considers evidence; examines witnesses; maintains order; rules on motions, objections, admissibility of evidence and procedure; prepares and issues decisions and orders based upon all evidence gathered, research of pertinent statutes, pertinent jurisprudence, and independent assessment of acts based on credibility of witnesses and evidence.

Conducts pre-trial conferences with the attorneys to resolve preliminary issues and narrow the scope of the hearing to the facts actually in dispute.

Determines if there are jurisdictional or procedural issues to be disposed of and if so, decides the most appropriate manner (i.e. a limited hearing, an order to brief the issue, an order to amend the pleadings, a status conference, etc.) to address these issues.

Secures, compiles, and maintains all records of adjudications. Ensures that accurate records are maintained in the proceedings that evidence is properly marked and included in the case record, and that audio recordings are accurately marked and properly indexed and stores.

Conducts a continuous study of the current statues, regulations and case law related to areas of law for which hearings are assigned.

Louisiana State Government represents a wide variety of career options and offers an outstanding opportunity to make a difference through public service. With an array of career opportunities in every major metropolitan center and in many rural areas, state employment provides an outstanding option to begin or continue your career.

As a state employee, you will earn competitive pay, choose from a variety of benefits, and have access to a great professional development program:

Insurance Coverage More information can be found at

Holidays and Leave – State employees receive the following paid holidays each year:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
  • Mardi Gras,
  • Good Friday,
  • Memorial Day,
  • Independence Day,
  • Labor Day,
  • Veteran’s Day,
  • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

***** Additional holidays may be proclaimed by the Governor

State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use. Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.

Retirement– State of Louisiana employees are eligible to participate in various retirement systems (based on the type of appointment and agency for which an employee works). These retirement systems provide retirement allowances and other benefits for state officers and employees and their beneficiaries. State retirement systems may include (but are not limited to):

  • Louisiana State Employees Retirement System (). LASERS has provided this video to give you more detailed information about their system
  • Teacher’s Retirement System of Louisiana (),
  • Louisiana School Employees Retirement System (), among others


Do you possess a current, valid license to practice law in Louisiana?

  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes to the question above, please list your Bar Roll Number and the original issuance date of your license (mm/yy). If you answered no to the question above, please type “N/A”.


Do you have any bankruptcy experience?

  • Yes
  • No


Do you have any experience with rule promulgation?

  • Yes
  • No


Do you have any experience with civil service hearings?

  • Yes
  • No


Do you have any experience handling public record requests?

  • Yes
  • No


Do you have any litigation experience?

  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

Job Category
Legal Services
Job Type
USD 109,325.00 per year
United States
Baton Rouge
Career Level
State of Louisiana