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Assistant Solicitor General

Date Posted
September 14, 2023
Full Time

Job Details

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird seeks a lawyer to handle appeals for the State of Iowa as an Assistant Solicitor General.

Lawyers in the Solicitor General Division primarily handle the State’s most complex appellate litigation. That includes defending State laws and rules, suing the federal government to keep it within its constitutional and statutory limits, and protecting the public by representing the State and its officers in major civil litigation. The Division works closely with the office’s Farm & Freedom Division, which most frequently represents the State in trial court. Assistant Solicitors General also review legislation, give legal training, speak at conferences, and prepare amicus briefs.

Lawyers in this elite unit must be creative and motivated. Assistant Solicitors General are expected to run their own cases, but they have access to the rest of the Office of the Attorney General for support. Assistant Solicitors General regularly practice before the Iowa Court of Appeals; the Iowa Supreme Court; federal district courts; the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to a collegial environment among the best collection of appellate lawyers in the state, perks of working for the Office of the Attorney General include flexible work-from-home schedules; interesting, novel, and exciting cases; excellent work-life balance and benefits; and no hourly billing.


This position requires a license to practice law in Iowa; a dedication to public service; and demonstrated research, writing, and oral-advocacy skills.

The most competitive applicants will have a combination of experience as an appellate lawyer, judicial clerk, and law-journal staffer. Salary ranges from $57,636.80–$139,318.40 depending on experience.

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Contact Information

Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Leif Olson, Chief Deputy Attorney General, at or 1305 E. Walnut St., 2nd Floor, Des Moines, IA 50319.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, beginning on September 30, until the position is filled.

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