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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1412
Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will
Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees
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Deputy City Attorney I
- Under supervision, performs a wide variety of duties involving infractions and misdemeanors, civil litigation, general municipal practice. Positions in this classification may be assigned to one or more specialized areas of legal practice.
- Deputy City Attorney is an entry-level class in the professional legal series. Distinguished from the Deputy City Attorney II, in that the Deputy City Attorney II is the journey-level class in the professional legal series and requires greater initiative and independent judgment in performing more complex legal work with less supervision. The Deputy City Attorney I will typically be working under the supervision of a Deputy City Attorney III or an Assistant City Attorney.
Examples Of Duties
Marshals facts, conducts legal research and analyzes applicable legal issues;
Represents the City Attorney's office at departmental, interdepartmental, board, committee, commission, council, professional and community meetings;
Acts as a legal advisor to one or more City departments;
Provides oral and written advice and opinions;
Drafts, reviews and amends correspondence, memoranda, agenda reports, written opinions, real property transactional documents, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents;
Reviews and checks specifications, special assessment proceedings, and insurance;
Approves legal documents as to form;
Reviews claims and complaints, interviews clients and witnesses, and directs factual investigations, in order to formulate defense and/or to initiate legal action;
Reviews police reports, traffic accident reports, and requests for complaints to determine sufficiency for issuance of criminal complaints;
Conducts criminal pretrials and arraignments, tries infractions and misdemeanors, handles motions and appeals and otherwise assists in all phases of criminal prosecutions;
Prepares and conducts all phases of civil litigation and administrative matters; prepares pleadings and law-and-motion, trial and appellate briefs;
Develops strategy, arguments and evidence in preparation for presentation of case; represents the City in administrative hearings, depositions, arbitrations, trials and appeals;
Maintains calendars and docketing information for litigation and other matters;
Assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time, within assigned areas of responsibility; performs cost-control activities; monitors revenue and expenditures to assure sound fiscal control;
May direct the work of clerical employees, making detailed work assignments, frequently reviewing work in progress and carefully reviewing completed work;
Participates actively in continuing professional education programs relevant to an attorney's practice;
Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes;
Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Knowledge of
Substantive law, procedures and rules of evidence applicable to administrative, civil, criminal and general municipal matters;
Principles, methods and practices of investigation, legal research, legal analysis and drafting;
IBM-compatible personal computers for computer-assisted legal research, word-processing, data collection and analysis, electronic mail and other purposes;
Other appropriate office technologies, such as telephone voice mail, telecopiers and copy machines.
- Ability to
Acquire knowledge of local, state and federal law relating to municipal government;
Define issues; research facts and law; analyze and draw appropriate logical and legal conclusions from statements of fact, law and argument;
Evaluate alternatives, employ independent judgment and make sound recommendations;
Draft legal documents;
Complete work in a timely manner;
Maintain case files and other record keeping systems;
Present oral and written statements of fact, law and argument in clear and logical form;
Communicate and persuade effectively orally and in writing;
Establish and maintain tactful, cooperative and effective working relationships with the public, the judicial system, city officials, all levels of City employees and adversaries;
Provide clear work instructions.
- Graduation from an accredited or approved law school with a Juris Doctor degree or equivalent.
No experience is required. Prior externship or legal clerking experience is desirable.
Familiarity with the following is desirable; Lexis, Westlaw or other computer-assisted legal research services; Windows; Microsoft Office software, such as Microsoft Word for Windows, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint; WordPerfect 5.1 or better for DOS or Windows.
- Active membership in the State Bar of California is required.
A valid California Drivers License of the appropriate class or grade may be required depending upon position assignment.