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City Attorney Dennis Herrera speaks to City Attorney staff at the beginning of his term in January 2014.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera speaks to City Attorney staff at the beginning of his term in January 2014.

Diversity and Inclusion

San Francisco’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and our office aims to reflect the communities we serve. We believe that diversity in our office is crucial to successfully performing the variety of work we are entrusted with as the City’s attorney. Being able to draw on different perspectives allows us to be at the forefront of legal issues both locally and nationally.

We recognize that much work remains to be done to celebrate diversity in the legal profession. We are committed to continuing our role in contributing to that effort. The City Attorney’s Office encourages a diverse applicant pool, welcomes qualified applicants of all backgrounds, and awards jobs based on fair and open competition. Read more about the our efforts to address racial equity and enhance diversity at the City Attorney’s Office.

Current Opportunities

Paralegal
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking a paralegal to join its Children and Family Services Team, to support juvenile dependency work and serve as back up for conservatorship work.

The Child and Family Team represents and advises the Family and Children Services Division of the Human Services Agency (HSA) in juvenile court dependency proceedings. This team works with protective services workers in court to protect the interests of San Francisco children who are abused or neglected by their parents, caretakers or guardians. In addition, the team represents the Public Conservator in mental health conservatorship proceedings.

Paralegals work under the direction of attorneys, and provide a variety of paraprofessional legal duties in a fast-paced, high-volume litigation practice. This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to analyze problems and use independent critical thinking to resolve them, attention to detail and high-quality work product; the ability to perform detailed analytical work efficiently and with accuracy; initiative, and strong collaboration skills. The candidate is expected to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously, accept written and oral direction, accurately prioritize projects, and interact respectfully and effectively with Team attorneys and secretaries, office personnel, court personnel, client representatives, vendors, representatives of other governmental departments/entities, and the general public. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Providing legally required notice to parents in dependency cases where HSA is seeking to terminate parental rights in order to free a child for adoption or in case where they are seeking to establish a legal guardianship.
  • Appear in court to handle the .26 (“Notice”) calendar.
  • Ability to assess case to determine whether to bring the in the City Attorney Investigations division to help locate a parent for service.
  • Ability to assess case to determine whether to bring in an outside process server to effect service of a parent who may be incarcerated or may live far way.
  • Prepare motions for findings of Due Diligence for court, documenting efforts to locate a missing parent.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, attorneys – both city attorneys and opposing counsel – and the court about cases pending before the court.
  • Make court appearances on certain cases.
  • Responsible for creating, organizing and maintaining case-specific databases.
  • Coordinate with attorneys, investigators, paralegals, legal assistants, secretaries, and others and effectively communicate with respect to assignments, workloads, status, and performance.
  • Assist in preparing motions by gathering exhibits, preparing and managing declarations, and fact and legal cite checking briefs and supporting documents using both Blue Book and California styles.
  • Assist in drafting and reviewing subpoenas, all forms of discovery documents, legal memoranda and correspondence.
  • Assist with discovery, including electronic discovery, and the organization, case management, collection, review strategy, and production of documents obtained from litigants and City departments; prepare privilege logs.
  • Organize, review, search and prepare documents, exhibits, transcripts and other materials for use during investigations, discovery, hearings, and trials.
  • Will also serve as back up for juvenile dependency. Some duties may include redacting documents received from clients; performing personal service on parents, executing due diligence declarations, processing appeals checks for social workers in adoption cases, and ensuring Indian Child Welfare Act compliance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• Paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved program, or other significant work experience such that statutory requirements are satisfied (Bus. & Prof. Code § 6450 compliant).
• Minimum 5 years of litigation or transactional experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
• Working knowledge of legal procedures, legal terminology and court rules.
• Adept in Microsoft Office Suite, with a focus on Excel.
• Experience with Adobe Professional, Panoramic, TextMap, Concordance, Eclipse, CaseMap Trial Director, or other similar software.

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

 

Deputy City Attorney, Energy and Telecommunications Team
The Office’s Energy and Telecommunications Team (Energy Team) seeks a qualified and motivated California-licensed attorney for a full-time position that handles energy and technology/telecommunications matters.

The Energy Team advises City departments and officials on energy and telecommunications legal matters.  On energy matters, the team works closely with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission which operates two retail electricity businesses: Hetch Hetchy Power (HHP) and CleanPowerSF (CPSF).  HHP is a municipal utility that provides electric service to City agencies and related entities.  CPSF is a community choice program that purchases clean energy for SF businesses and residents who want to participate.  On telecommunications and technology matters, the team advises the City’s Department of Technology on contract negotiation and drafting, cyber-security policy, telecommunications law and policy.  The team has an active regulatory practice before federal and state agencies on energy and telecommunications matters. Attorneys on the team regularly monitor and advise on relevant federal and state legislation and assist local policymakers with developing their own proposals and understanding local, state, and federal legislation proposed by others.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
  • Excellent communication and legal analytical skills
  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients, with a positive attitude
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and adjust to fluctuations in workload
  • An interest in and commitment to public service
  • Understanding of government operations and regulations
  • Substantive knowledge of laws governing the energy and telecommunications fields

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

 

Deputy City Attorney, Labor Team
The Office’s Labor Team seeks a qualified and highly-motivated California-licensed attorney for a full-time position as a Deputy City Attorney.

The Labor Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and legal secretaries.  The Team defends the City in state and federal civil litigation (through trial and appeals) and administrative proceedings involving labor and employment matters and provides proactive advice and risk management strategies to its client departments on all aspects of the City’s labor and employment relationships.  The Team advises and represents the City in its on-going relationships with the more than 30 unions that represent City employees, including collective bargaining, labor grievance arbitrations, and defending unfair labor practice and other administrative charges.

Attorneys on the Labor Team are assigned a caseload of civil litigation and administrative matters.  They handle all aspects of their cases, including case assessment, litigation strategy, client communication and coordination, conducting and responding to discovery, all motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, trial and appeal.  Also, attorneys may be assigned to provide labor and employment advice to specific client departments.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance an active caseload of litigation and administrative matters, and adjust to occasional workload increases
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team
  • Ideally, three or more years of labor or employment litigation experience, including trial experience

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

Deputy City Attorney, Real Estate/Finance Team
The Office’s Real Estate/Finance Team seeks a qualified and motivated California-licensed attorney for a full-time position as a transactional real estate attorney.

The Real Estate and Finance Team oversees the legal aspects of real estate, financial and other business transactions for the City. The Real Estate group works on a wide range of real estate transactions for the City –from large, complex development projects to purchases and sales, leases, loans, legislation, easements and other real estate matters. The Finance group represents the City on various bond and debt transactions, funding all of the capital required to build, operate and maintain City functions and services, including offices, parks, jails, museums, convention facilities and affordable housing. The team also works closely with many City departments. Our real estate lawyers are involved in many large, mixed-use commercial development projects in the City, as well as most affordable housing constructed in the City.

The Real Estate/Finance Team is searching for an experienced real estate transactional attorney. In that capacity, the attorney will perform many functions – primarily negotiating real estate contracts on behalf of various City departments, including the PUC, and advising our clients regarding those contracts and compliance with City requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
  • Excellent communication and legal analytical skills
  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently
  • Minimum 3 years working as a real estate transaction attorney
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients, with a positive attitude
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and adjust to fluctuations in workload
  • An interest in and commitment to public service
  • Understanding of government operations and regulations

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

Applying

Prospective candidates for all city government positions—including the City Attorney’s Office—are encouraged to visit the “Job Seekers” section of the S.F. Department of Human Resources’ website to learn more about employment with the City and County of San Francisco.

Further, the City Attorney’s Office welcomes resumes and cover letters from prospective applicants for employment opportunities.  As positions become available, the Office will review resumes and cover letters received. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: careeropportunities@sfcityatty.org. You can also send employment related communications via the U.S. Postal Service to the following address:

Attention: Managing Attorney, Office of the City Attorney, City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. San Francisco, CA 94102