job descriptionDEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
PUBLIC SAFETY GENERAL COUNSEL SECTION
MUNICIPAL LAW BRANCH
Salary Range DCA II/III: $115,696 - $221,390
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office is one of the nation's largest municipal law offices. With over 1,000 legal professionals, including 500 attorneys, the Office provides the City with the highest caliber of legal services, ranging from prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and playing a leading role in criminal justice reform, advising on homelessness initiatives, defending civil lawsuits and claims, and bringing civil enforcement actions in the name of the People of the State of California.
Guided by an overarching commitment to integrity, accountability and transparency, we find great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide.
The Public Safety General Counsel Division (PGEN) serves as general counsel to the Police Department (LAPD), Fire Department (LAFD) and the Emergency Management Department. It is comprised of the Police Discovery Section, Police Administrative Law Section and Public Safety General Counsel Section. Attorneys in this Division work closely with LAPD management on cutting-edge legal issues involving constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, civil liability, municipal law, administrative law and employment law.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties may include providing assistance and advice on Police, Fire, and Emergency Management operations and policy issues; drafting City ordinances; staffing and advising the Board of Police Commissioners, Board of Fire Commissioners, City Council Committees and the City Emergency Operations Board, including providing advice on legal issues under consideration by those commissions/committees. Additional duties may include advising on the open meeting requirements of the Brown Act and the disclosure requirements of the California Public Records Act; handling Writ proceedings in the Superior Court; analyzing court opinions; preparing legal updates, reports, legal opinions and other written advice; drafting oppositions to Pitchess motions and subpoenas, and handling appearances in criminal courts.
• A minimum of five years of experience in the practice of law in California;
• Demonstrated strong research and writing skills in complex areas of law;
• Strong oral communication and advocacy skills;
• Strong analytical and reasoning skills;
• Ability to deal effectively with public officials, police and fire personnel, City departments and the public;
• Demonstrated ability to handle a busy and varied workload;
• Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment; and
• A strong work ethic.
• Civil litigation experience in California Superior Courts;
• Experience in drafting legal advice and ordinances;
• Experience in one or more of the following areas: criminal law; labor law; writ practice; the Ralph M. Brown Act; and/or the California Public Records Act.
Applicants are required to submit two writing samples that they have personally authored within the last two years.
- Medical, Dental, Vision
- Life Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Tax-Advantage Spending Accounts
- Retirement Plan (LACERS)
- Deferred Compensation Plan (457(b))
- Employee and Family Assistance Program
- Paid Time Off
- 13 Yearly Holidays
- Personal Leave
- Floating Holidays
- Sick Leave
- Bereavement Leave
This position may qualify for up to 3 days of telework per week.
City Hall East, 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles. Position is subject to assignment at any location within the County of Los Angeles.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:
For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID -19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: htps://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf
Appointment to this exempt position (non Civil-Service) will be subject to a two (2) year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the two (2) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.
Conflict of Interest
This position is designated as Category 1 on the Conflict of Interest Code.
Questions? Please email email@example.com.
How to apply
Application and Deadline
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume in one (1) merged PDF file specifying DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY - PUBLIC SAFETY GENERAL COUNSEL - #3317 in the subject line to Atty.Recruit@lacity.org.
If you applied within the last 6 months for this position and are still interested, you need not resubmit an application.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview. Interviews are ongoing until the position is filled.
If employment is said to be exempt, it is meant that the employment is exempted from the civil service provisions of the City Charter. In order to receive a regular civil service appointment, employees must have successfully participated in a civil service examination, received a high enough score on the examination to be placed on and receive an appointment from an eligible list, and they must serve a probationary period. Exempt employees do not compete in a civil service examination, they are not placed on an eligible list and receive an appointment from that list, nor do they serve a probationary period. As a result, exempt employees do not have what is referred to as a “property interest” in their job. Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority and can be terminated at any time without cause. Employees with a property interest in their job, i.e. civil service employees, cannot be deprived of their employment(discharged or suspended) without due process.
General Information About Exempt Employment
Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority, and as such, they may be discharged, suspended or otherwise disciplined without cause. Exempt employees have no property interest in their employment, and any procedural benefit or other prerogative extended to them by their appointing authority is not intended to create and does not create any such property interest. No officer or employee of the City may make to any other officer or employee any representation of a property interest in employment which does not correspond to Charter provisions unless the City Council, by ordinance, permits such representation. No unauthorized representation can serve as the basis of an employee's reliance on, or expectation of, a property interest.
Employees Seeking To Become Civil Service Employees
There is no protective leave for an exempt employee appointed to a civil service position. Upon receiving a civil service appointment and passing probation, the former exempt employee will be subject to the Civil Service provisions described in Article X of the City Charter. Upon appointment, the civil service employee will begin to accrue displacement and layoff seniority on the first day of his/her civil service appointment and may file for promotional examinations for which s/he qualifies. A full or half-time exempt employee appointed to a full or half-time civil service position continues to: contribute to the Retirement System; accrue vacation time; accrue sick time; receive anniversary date salary increases; and, receive health and dental benefits identical to those received in the civil service position.
For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf .
Closing Date/Time: 3/20/24