Hearings Examiner (HE2)

01/04/2023 11:32 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

Our purpose: “Helping every Washington resident live, work, drive, and thrive.”

Our values: Respect, Trust, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This recruitment is open continuous.

This position is being reposted to expand the applicant pool. If you have already applied, you do not need to reapply. 

First review of applicants will be completed 01/04/2023, therefore it is in your best interest to apply early. The hiring manager reserves the right to fill this position at any time. 

At Department of Licensing (DOL), we work hard to create a culture where employees feel valued and respected. Employees are trusted and encouraged to be a part of process improvements that impact their work, create value for our customers, and help build trust in our government. 

Our Programs and Services Division (PSD) has a unique opportunity for multiple attorneys statewide with excellent interpersonal communication skills both orally and in writing to join our team as Hearing Examiners within the Hearings and Interviews Unit. 

We are one of the most public facing state agencies and the second largest revenue generating agency in Washington State. We regularly interact with over 6 million Washington residents and collect nearly $3.3 billion in taxes and fees annually. We know our services are essential to our customers’ ability to live, work, drive, and thrive and we are committed to ensuring every resident has equitable and meaningful access to our services.   

Are you an attorney that specializes in DUI hearings, and want work-life harmony? If so, we invite you to apply!


As our Hearings Examiner you will preside over administrative hearings to adjudicate disputes between licensees and the Department, under Title 46 RCW.  Working under tight deadlines with flexibility and agility you will perform legal research by using electronic research tools, analyze relevant law, and determine the application of law to the facts. You will exercise final decision-making authority when presiding over administrative hearings. As the Hearings Examiner, you will frequently determine the admissibility of evidence, direct procedural protocol, authorize issuance of subpoenas, rule on motions and objections, and consider all evidence and legal argument to determine whether the Department’s remedial sanctions against drivers are lawful.

Some of what you will do:

  • Perform legal research by using electronic research tools.
  • Analyze relevant law and determine the application of law to the facts.
  • Review audio and video evidence.
  • Create and type final orders with findings of fact and conclusions of law rescinding or sustaining the department’s actions.
  • Preside over telephonic adjudicative hearings/interviews to establish a lawfully completed record.
  • Knowledgeably and decisively verbalize on the audio record various rulings on motions and evidentiary objections.
  • Read and analyze briefs, motions, and department records.

What you will bring:

  • A license to practice law in Washington State.
  • A combination of two (2) years of experience from any of the following categories:
    • An adjudicator of claims.
    • Full-time member of a regulatory board or commission which hears contested cases.
    • Prosecuting or defending criminal cases.
    • Representing plaintiffs/defendants in civil trials or hearings.
  • Two (2) years of experience in writing original legal briefs, rulings, and decisions and communicating official legal opinions and procedures in a clear and concise manner.
  • One (1) year of experience in conducting legal research by using electronic research tools, analyzing relevant law, and determining application of the law to the facts.
  • One (1) year of experience in the use of personal computers, utilizing software programs such as Microsoft Word, and legal research tools.

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