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Assistant City Attorney The candidate should have an interest in and knowledge of land use, zoning and environmental law. Duties include advising City departments, representing boards and commissions, preparing written opinions, and representing the City in court. Perform legal duties for the City. Representative Work Functions and Responsibilities - Professionally represent the City in state and federal trial courts and at administrative hearings; prepare and present litigation on the General District Court and Circuit Court levels; investigate and prosecute misdemeanor offenses and appeals; and assist senior staff attorneys in the presentation and preparation of litigation and appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Render legal advice on certain phases of municipal duties and operations to various departments; and research and prepare opinions on legal problems of the City, as assigned. Investigates complaints by or against the City; and investigate public land acquisitions. Analyze and draft legal documents; and draft new and amended ordinances. Perform other job duties requiring skills, knowledge and physical requirements as demanded by those duties described or less. Individual assignments will be determined by the supervisor based on then current workloads and department needs. Effectively handle the prosecution of misdemeanors, represent the organisation as plaintiff or defendant in civil cases in General District Court and Circuit Court, including necessary research, witness interviews, negotiations with plaintiff and defense counsel, preparation of jury instructions and presentation of cases at trial; use tact and discretion to establish effective relationships with other judicial agencies, victims, witnesses, law enforcement agencies, city departments, and the public at large; maintain accurate files, adequately documenting in writing all actions, providing sufficient justification to support recommended action.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have active membership in good standing in the Virginia State Bar; eligible to practive law in the State of Virginia and the Federal District Court, has a third year practice certificate and becomes an active member of the Virginia State Bar withing six (6) months of hire, or is a member in good standing in an out-of-state Bar and becomes an active member of the Virginia State Bar within six (6) months of hire. Excellent writing ability, sharp analytical skills, and strong research abilities are essential. Candidates with familiarity of cable/telecommunications law preferred. Must have knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and procedures and substance of local, state, and federal law. should have knowledge of city and state activities, procedures, and personnel responsibilities. Should have skill in researching various legal problems and in preparing legal opinions. Should have skill in analyzing and preparing various legal documents. Experience with administrative hearings is desired. Trial experience is desired. Ability: Ability to communicate and express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff employees and the public. Ability to handle and cope effectively with stressful situations and to exercise discretion and tact in dealing with sensitive matters. Candidates with familiarity of cable/telecommunications law preferred.
Submit City application, cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcripts.
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