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Volunteer Attorneys

Civil Division Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinators
Kenneth So, Deputy City Attorney
Heather Ferbert, Deputy City Attorney

Volunteer attorneys are typically assigned to a particular unit in the Civil Division to work closely either with litigators or advisory attorneys to assist them on a variety of cases and issues. Depending on the volunteer attorney’s experience and placement, some possible opportunities and responsibilities could include the following: legal research and writing, drafting civil motions and legal memoranda, propounding or responding to discovery, assist with providing legal advice to City departments, as well as attending depositions, mediations, and court appearances.  Please follow this link for more information: PDF icon Civil Volunteer Attorney Program Fact and Information Sheet. If you are interested in applying, please submit your application material via email to: [email protected]


Criminal Division/Community Justice Division Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator
Mark Skeels, Chief Deputy City Attorney for Criminal Prosecution Operations

Volunteer attorneys assist Deputy City Attorneys in all stages of prosecuting misdemeanor offenses, including domestic violence, DUI's, thefts, graffiti, prostitution, drug related offenses, alcohol related crimes, batteries, sex crimes, consumer and environmental crimes, drug abatement and other misdemeanors. Volunteer attorneys assist with researching, writing and arguing pretrial motions, jury trial preparation and other special projects as assigned. Volunteer attorneys may have an opportunity to second chair motions, evidentiary hearings, and jury trials. All work is completed under the direct supervision of a Deputy City Attorney. Volunteer attorney positions are unpaid, however they provide aspiring criminal prosecutors with an opportunity to gain valuable legal experience working alongside our deputies. Volunteer attorneys typically work approximately 40 hours per week.

Please submit your questions via email for Criminal or Community Justice Division volunteer opportunities to:

Mark Skeels, Chief Deputy City Attorney
1200 Third Avenue, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
[email protected]

Please send your Criminal or Community Justice Division application materials, including a cover letter, current resume, unofficial transcript and short writing sample to Senior Legal Secretary Alina Taylor via email at [email protected].


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