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Staff Attorney In Our New Britain office

Staff Attorney In Our New Britain office

Job Location: New Britain, CT

Job Type: Full Time

Company

State of Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

About The Company

The OCC is an independent State agency that acts as the advocate for consumer interest in matters which may affect Connecticut consumers relating to electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications. The OCC works on cutting edge energy policy issues as the voice of the consumer. We are a statutory party to all proceedings before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and are authorized to appear and participate in any regulatory or judicial proceedings, federal or state, in which the interests of Connecticut utility consumers may be involved. 

About The Position

This role will work on state, regional and federal programs and planning processes associated with the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), as well as OCC’s core mission of advocating for fair and equitable utility rates and reliable, quality utility service in state, regional and federal forums. 

  • Working and participating in cases in administrative and judicial settings, including the opportunity to serve as lead counsel on matters involving a variety of advanced and complex legal issues related to OCC’s statutory responsibilities;
  • Representing the OCC in regional and national forums on issues of reliability, resiliency, and energy planning;
  • Serving as a team member of a small, highly-skilled staff dedicated to the mission of consumer advocacy;
  • Working independently and creatively to solve complex problems;
  • Corresponding with subject-matter experts on contested and uncontested matters;
  • Collaborating with the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, and other state agencies on legal issues, policy development, deployment of federal and state funding, or resource procurements;
  • Providing legal guidance to the Consumer Counsel;
  • Litigating, and negotiating and drafting settlements related to multimillion dollar utility issues;
  • Developing, reviewing, and providing opinion on legislative proposals;
  • Working with members of OCC and represent OCC before the legislature and other state and federal agencies or entities on cutting edge policy initiatives;
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary.

The State of Connecticut, Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), has an exciting opportunity for a Staff Attorney 2 in our New Britain office.

Duties & Responsibilities

Requirements

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.

  • Experience with one or more of the following: energy, natural gas, water, telecommunications, utility, finance, economics, environmental, or other related technical field
  • Experience with the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) and/or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including transmission infrastructure planning, electric power reliability, rate treatment, and wholesale energy markets
  • Experience in litigation or administrative law
  • Experience in court or administrative agency matters concerning telecommunications, broadband, energy, natural gas, or water issues
  • Experience in written and oral legal advocacy on complex issues
  • Experience working in a team setting

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

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