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Civil Advisory, Civil Litigation and Criminal Prosecution Attorneys

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS : Graduation from an accredited law school with five years experience in California municipal law and/or litigation or Criminal Prosecution. Applicants must be a current, active member of the California State Bar and possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.

These opportunities are for advanced-level experienced attorneys with known progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, preferably in an advisory governmental setting and/or in civil litigation trial practice, or in criminal prosecution.

Civil Litigation applicant must be knowledgeable of all phases of civil litigation matters and will be expected to handle legal issues and questions of considerable complexity including trials. Provides legal services to the City; research legal issues, write pleadings including motions for summary judgment and arbitration briefs, and render legal opinions. Overall assignments will vary in difficulty. The applicant is expected to be skilled, knowledgeable and capable of independently representing the City on complex matters in court and before administrative bodies. Cases are often highly complex, require particularized skills and could involve significant risks and consequences to the City.

Civil Advisory applicant must be familiar with or knowledgeable of the City Charter, processing of ordinances, resolutions; experience working on policy issues related to the interpretation of statutes and awareness of current law trends. Researches legal issues, reviews and recommends guidance to municipal clients on legal practices and policies. Prepare written legal memoranda, reports and opinions. Provides legal services to the City and advise City department clients.

Criminal Prosecutor applicant must have substantial courtroom experience, including trying misdemeanor jury cases. Successful applicants will handle a variety of motions, try misdemeanor jury trials and conduct legal research.

All current deputy positions are unclassified and serve at the pleasure of the City Attorney during a two year probationary period. Successful applicants will be required to participate in the Deputy City Attorney's Association. Work is performed under the direction of a Chief Deputy City Attorney. All successful applicants will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Qualified candidates may submit a cover letter and resume by email or U.S. Mail to:

Carmen Sandoval, Assistant to the City Attorney
Office of the City Attorney
1200 Third Avenue, Ste 1620
San Diego, CA 92101
or
csandoval@sandiego.gov

You will be contacted if an interview is appropriate or if further information is required. No telephone calls please.

Volunteer Criminal Prosecutor

This position is for attorneys who are interested in unpaid, temporary positions that offer a valuable opportunity to gain courtroom experience, including trying misdemeanor jury trials. Successful applicants will handle a variety of motions, try misdemeanor jury trials and conduct legal research. These positions are full-time positions that require a minimum commitment of six months and may continue for up to one year. Successful applicants may not engage in the practice of law outside of the office during their uncompensated term.

Applicants must be a current, active member of the California State Bar and possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association. Successful applicants must pass a criminal background check. Only applicants with outstanding academic records and superior speaking and writing skills will be considered. Applicants invited to interview will be required to submit a writing sample.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and copy of your law school transcript by e-mail or U.S. Mail. We will contact you if we believe an interview is appropriate or if further information is required. No telephone calls please.

Mark Skeels, Chief Deputy City Attorney
1200 Third Avenue, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
mskeels@sandiego.gov