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Law clerks employed by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office perform a variety of duties, including: legal research, writing, case review, and appellate practice. In addition, clerks have the opportunity to attend oral arguments, trials, depositions, and hearings. Law clerks work with assistant attorneys general, gaining important legal experience and insight into the workings of the justice system.
The Attorney General’s Office has a number of paid and unpaid clerkships available, and some students work with their law school to obtain course credit for their work with the Office. The summer hiring process begins in January.
Students who are interested in clerking at the Attorney General’s Office should send a resume, cover letter, ten page writing sample and transcript to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office is divided into five different bureaus, and law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the following areas:
The Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources (AENR) Bureau protects and defends the interests of the state and its citizens in the areas of natural resources law, environmental law, and agriculture law. The bureau provides full legal support for its represented agencies, which includes general legal counsel and advice, the review of contracts, approvals of rules and regulations, the drafting of legal opinions, enforcement of agency administrative orders, and civil and criminal litigation.
The Criminal Bureau provides criminal investigation, prosecution, and appellate assistance on behalf of the State of Nebraska to law enforcement, prosecutors, and the public. Attorneys in the appellate section regularly represent the state in criminal matters before the Nebraska Court of Appeals, the Nebraska Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Nebraska, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The prosecution section provides assistance to county attorneys in a wide variety of areas such as violent and drug crimes, domestic abuse, sexual assaults, public corruption, and child exploitation crimes. The assistance provided includes legal research, consultations, law enforcement and prosecution trainings, and trial assistance.
The Civil Litigation Bureau defends all civil lawsuits filed against the State of Nebraska, Nebraska’s elected and appointed officials, Nebraska state agencies, boards and commissions, and State of Nebraska employees. Lawsuits range from those filed against Nebraska’s highest officials to lawsuits filed against a state agency employee. Assistant attorneys general appear in all state and federal courts, including the Nebraska Court of Appeals, the Nebraska Supreme Court, and federal appellate courts including the United States Supreme Court.
The Legal Services Bureau provides legal advice and representation to over sixty state agencies, boards, commissions, departments, and offices. In addition, assistant attorneys general handle specialized matters including probate, escheat, election law, and constitutional litigation. The bureau also researches and drafts most Attorney General opinions for review by the Attorney General and reviews rules and regulations for statutory authority and constitutionality.
The Public Protection Bureau has three components: (1) the Administrative Law Section, (2) the Consumer Protection Division, and (3) the Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit. The Administrative Law Section represents the State of Nebraska in disciplinary actions and appeals against licensed health professionals, represents the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles and the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission in certain matters, and investigates and pursues civil enforcement of Nebraska’s One-Call Notification Act. The Consumer Protection Division protects Nebraska from unfair and deceptive trade practices, ensures fair competition between businesses, is responsible for oversight of charitable institutions and assets, and enforces certain tobacco laws. This Division accomplishes this through consumer education, mediation of consumer complaints, and enforcement.
Additionally, we have a clerk assigned to the Executive Staff housed at the Capitol. The law clerk assigned to the Capitol will perform a variety of duties, including: legal research, writing, and case review. This clerk will work directly with the executive staff including the Chief Deputy Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and Director of Communications. In addition to providing legal assistance, this clerk will work with the executive staff on legislative matters and other priorities of the Attorney General’s Office.