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Deputy City Attorney V The candidate will collaborate with and mentor other attorneys, and serve as team leader (first chair) on a number of cases. Will supervise the Community Lawyering and Civil Rights Unit of the Affirmative Litigation, Innovation and Enforcement Division. May receive general supervision from a Special Counsel, Chief Assistant City Attorney and/or the City Attorney. Assign the selected attorney to new, additional or different duties or practice areas in litigation, advice, or transactional work, including non-supervisory work. Assign, supervise and perform legal research, interpret and apply laws and court decisions. Prepare opinions for departments, programs and activities. Prepare, review and oversee the preparation of legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents. Revise such documents as necessary to meet legal standards. Oversee the investigation of claims and complaints by or against the City; review recommended action to be taken; prepare cases for hearings; and represent the City in such hearings. Act in an advisory capacity at meetings of City Council, City boards and commissions. Advise assigned staff on legal matters for City departments. Represent the City in litigation brought by or against the City; prepare cases for trial, hearings and arbitration. Supervise and manage cases, trials, hearings and projects handled by assigned staff. Prepare and review briefs for appellant courts and administrative boards. Prepare forms of court pleading and ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, options and permits. Meet and negotiate with outside parties in matters arising out of labor contracts, employment claims, property transactions and other City business. May act as the City Attorney or the Assistant City Attorney in absence. Develop materials and provide staff training on relevant legal issues. Interpret and apply various government codes and ordinances. Conduct research on legal problems. Prepare sound legal opinions. Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents. Present cases in court and administrative proceedings. Provide professional leadership, guidance, and technical expertise to assigned staff. Handle stressful or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy. Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with City officials, representatives of outside agencies and the public. Complete varied assignments within a narrow time frame. Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should be a graduate of accredited school of law. Must have 10 years of professional experience in relevant areas of law. Should be a member in good standing of the California State Bar. Should preferably have expertise in affirmative litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of Oaklanders, including building and housing code enforcement, public nuisances and administrative appeals, litigation, including civil rights and housing cases; experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts and administrative hearings and appeals. Affirmative litigation experience involving environmental law, tenant protection, wage theft, discrimination based on race, gender, immigration status, unfair business practices, and other relevant expertise and experience is desirable. Desirable knowledge and experience includes: building and housing codes, blight and nuisance enforcement, foreclosed and vacant housing ordinances, advice to boards or commission and/or City Councils, ordinance and regulation drafting, administrative procedures, including administrative remedies and rule-making, and litigation (including writs, appeals, affirmative litigation, and civil litigation). Litigation experience should be sufficient to both directly handle litigation matters and to work with other attorneys including Neighborhood Law Corps attorneys. Should have knowledge of: municipal, state and federal laws, ordinances and codes affecting City government; municipal, state and federal employment and labor laws; legal research methods; local court rules and procedures; principles of supervision and training; and public contact and community relations. Language skills, especially in Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin preferred. Working knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws, ordinances and codes affecting City government desired.
Position #: 17-EM136-11. Submit a completed City employment application, current resume and the attached supplemental questionnaire.
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