Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

Attorney Profile

Broad civil and criminal law powers and duties are vested in the Office of Attorney General. These duties are performed primarily within three Divisions. Each Division is headed by an Executive Deputy Attorney General who ensures that the responsibilities of the Division are implemented. The Executive Deputy Attorney General reports to the First Deputy Attorney General and through him to the Attorney General.

Attorneys in these Divisions practice before the Courts of Common Pleas of the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Federal Courts, and, on occasion, the United States Supreme Court.

Click on the links below for a description of the functions of these Divisions.

Employment Requirements

The Deputy Attorney General Classification Plan utilized by the Office of Attorney General provides for a Law Clerk class and a series of six (6) Deputy Attorney General class levels. Each level, except the Chief Deputy Attorney General and Executive Deputy Attorney General is assigned a pay range with established salaries. The plan provides a uniform system of compensation and incorporates the feature of progression by allowing each Deputy Attorney General to progress in relation to his or her level of duties and responsibilities, as well as performance and experience. Progression through the class series is based upon the principle of reclassifying the position to a higher level, except for the Chief Deputy Attorney General and Executive Deputy Attorney General classes, when the incumbent is satisfactorily performing the duties and responsibilities of the higher level and meets the minimum experience requirements.

Annual meritorious increases and promotions, based upon performance evaluations and budgetary considerations, are usually granted each year until the Deputy Attorney General reaches the maximum salary of his or her designated pay range. General pay increases are not granted.

The following is a summary of class levels and the minimum qualifications required:

Law Clerk

This is legal work performed by employees who, although having graduated from an accredited school of law, have not yet been admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania. The incumbent of a Law Clerk position is considered for a Deputy Attorney General class upon receipt of proof of admission by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the Pennsylvania Bar. Assignments involve conducting legal research and participating in the preparation of cases for trial.

Deputy Attorney General I

This is entry level professional work providing legal services of a varied nature. Primary assignments involve assisting attorneys of higher rank by researching, interpreting and applying laws, court decisions, and other legal authorities in the preparation of briefs, pleadings, complaints, presentments and other legal papers in connection with suits, trials, and other proceedings. The difficulty of legal problems encountered ranges from simple to moderately complex. Attorneys in this class seldom appear in court without attorneys of higher rank.

The minimum qualifications for this class are graduation from an accredited law school and admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Deputy Attorney General II

This is professional work providing legal services of moderate scope and complexity. Employees in this class are responsible for handling non-complex litigation with a minimum of supervision and make court appearances. Employees assist attorneys of higher rank on complex and varied litigation and occasionally appear in appellate courts. Positions allocated to this class differ from those allocated to the Deputy Attorney General I class in that much of the work is performed independently, subject to periodic review.

The minimum qualifications for this class are graduation from an accredited law school, admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and two years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work.

Deputy Attorney General III

This is advanced professional work rendering legal services of a difficult nature. Employees in this class work independently in most cases or under minimum guidance in complex, varied, and exceptional cases of particular significance. Employees appear in trial and appellate courts. Positions allocated to this class differ from those allocated to the Deputy Attorney General II class in the complexity of legal work involved and the minimal amount of guidance received.

The minimum qualifications for this class are graduation from an accredited law school, admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and three years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work.

Deputy Attorney General IV

This is highly advanced professional work rendering legal services of great complexity and importance. Employees in this class work independently except in extraordinary cases. Employees are responsible for handling litigation of a highly specialized nature at trial court and appellate court levels. Employees assigned this level are usually considered experts in a particular field of law or supervise a small professional staff. Positions allocated to this class differ from those allocated to the Deputy Attorney General III class in the complexity and importance of legal work assigned and the limited amount of supervision received or the supervisory responsibilities.

The minimum qualifications for this class are graduation from an accredited law school, admission to the Bar of the Supreme court of Pennsylvania, and six years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work.

Chief Deputy Attorney General

This is highly advanced professional, legal, and administrative work involving the rendering of legal services of the greatest scope, complexity and importance in a field of law. Employees in this class function as the Chief of a Section. Employees assigned this level receive policy direction from an Executive Deputy Attorney General.

The qualifications and salary for this class are set by the Attorney General depending upon the particular field of law.

Executive Deputy Attorney General

This is highly advanced professional, legal, and administrative work involving the rendering of legal services of the greatest scope, complexity, and importance in the Office of Attorney General. Employees in this class function as the Director of a Division or a Deputy on the executive staff and report to the First Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General.

The qualifications and salary for this class are set by the Attorney General depending upon the particular field of law.

Attorneys appointed and/or approved by the Attorney General are not permitted to engage in the private practice of law.