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Volunteer Attorneys

Civil Division Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinators
Charles Bell, Deputy City Attorney
Kenneth So, Deputy City Attorney
Civil Division 

The Civil Division offers highly immersive and interactive internships that provide opportunities to handle both litigation and transactional-related assignments.  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
Michael Giorgino, 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:

Michael Giorgino, 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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