Oakland City Attorney's Office

The Oakland City Attorney’s Office provides legal representation and advice to the City’s agencies, departments, Mayor, City Administrator, City Council, and City boards and commissions. The Office also defends the City in litigation, files actions on the City’s behalf and handles writ petitions and appeals. Litigation matters may include cases in State and Federal court involving civil rights claims, personal injury, land use and planning issues, contract disputes, blight, public nuisance, code enforcement, and employment claims. Advisory and transactional matters may include labor relations, employment law, civil rights, constitutional law, land use and planning, municipal finance and taxation, real estate, copyright, code enforcement, and election law, as well as other areas of municipal law.

Position Summary:

The Neighborhood Law Corps (NLC) is a unique, innovative, and award-winning community law program that focuses on proactive, neighborhood-based, and community-directed lawyering. NLC attorneys focus on combating blight, human trafficking, public safety, tenant protection, and other important community concerns and quality of life issues by performing litigation, policy work, and other actions. This is a 2-year at-will position, California Bar required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position focuses on litigation and problem-solving related to blight, nuisance, and improving the quality of life in Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: case evaluation, preparing pleadings, propounding and responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, preparing for and representing the City in court, including settlement conferences, motions, and at trial. Attendance at evening and weekend community meetings is required on an as-needed basis. The incumbent will work for the City of Oakland under the supervision of a senior attorney.

Qualifications and Prior Experience:

We are seeking candidates who are highly motivated problem-solvers, able to communicate effectively with diverse communities, and who enjoy a high level of responsibility. We will consider new California barred law school graduates, recent federal or state law clerks, and attorneys with practice experience. Prior litigation experience, a background in municipal law, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law are desirable, as are superior legal research, writing, and oral argument skills. Foreign language skills – especially in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin – are a plus and will be a factor in selecting a candidate for the position. The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the California State Bar at the time of hire. The successful applicant also will be asked to submit to and pass a background check.