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Civil Division - Advisory

The Office of the San Diego City Attorney has an opening in the Civil Advisory Division, Government Affairs and Finance Section. The Section provides legal advice related to the San Diego City Charter, Municipal Code, open meeting laws, public records and disclosure laws, conflicts of interest, elections, and boards and commissions. The Section provides legal support to the Mayor's Office, City Council, City Clerk, Independent Budget Analyst, Library, Funds Commission and the Civil Service Commission. The Section also advises all City departments, including the City Treasurer, the Comptroller, Debt Management, Financial Management, and the City Auditor on financial, budgetary and debt issues; advises the City Council on its due diligence obligations under securities laws; assists the City in complying with securities disclosure laws; and assists with budget issues.

The deputy city attorney position may include assignment in any of the general areas outlined above, depending upon skills and experience. The ideal candidate will have:

  1. a minimum of three years experience advising local government agencies in areas of California local agency law, including Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance, conflicts of interest, legislative drafting and analysis, and general local contracting principles,
  2. excellent writing skills - a variety of three writing samples will be required,
  3. strong oral communication and speaking skills,
  4. experience presenting and explaining complex legal issues to public officials on high-profile and sometimes controversial matters,
  5. the ability to handle complex issues on tight deadlines, and
  6. a demonstrated commitment to being a team player.

If you are interested in being considered, please submit a résumé, writing samples, and cover letter that includes your relevant experience by email, on or before Friday, February 6, 2015, to:
Gina Coburn, Director Internal Communications/Employee Relations

Criminal Division

The Criminal Division of the San Diego City Attorney's Office is seeking applications from attorneys who are interested in a position as a Deputy City Attorney. Our prosecutors prepare and prosecute misdemeanor criminal cases by handling a variety of motions, trying misdemeanor jury trials, and conducting legal research. Strong preference will be given to applicants with significant courtroom experience who have tried numerous cases to jury verdict, but other experience levels will be considered.

Ideal Candidates will have:

  • 3+ years trial experience;
  • Established and continued working relationships with law enforcement;
  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills; and
  • Exceptional organizational skills.

Applicants must be current, active members 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.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email to:
Gina Coburn, Director Internal Communications/Employee Relations

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