Oakland City Attorney’s Office – Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney

About The Company
Working for the Oakland City Attorney
The Oakland City Attorney’s Office is a dynamic, innovative and award-winning municipal law practice working to protect and advance the rights and interests of Oakland residents.

Celebrating and Recognizing the Power and Benefits of Diversity
The Oakland City Attorney’s Office continues to be one of the most diverse legal teams in our country. We are proud of and value our diversity in all arenas, including but not limited to age, gender, race, sexual orientation and disability status. Diversity improves and informs our advice and legal counsel and enhances the public services we provide to the residents of one of the most diverse cities in America by providing a broad range of points of view, perspectives, insight and strategies.

Job Description/Duties
Affirmative Litigation, Innovation and Enforcement Division

The Office of the City Attorney seeks a highly qualified, innovative, and community-oriented attorney who is interested in public services for the position of Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney. The NLC attorney position is in the Litigation Division of the City Attorney’s Office. 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. The position is responsible for representing the City in state and federal courts and will provide significant litigation-related experience.

While the NLC represents the City of Oakland, it works in collaboration with residents, neighborhood and merchant groups, and other public agencies.

This is a 2-year at-will position.

Duties & 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.

Job Criteria
Qualifications, Experience & Education

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.

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.

Foreign language skills – especially in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin – are a plus and will be a factor in selecting a candidate for the position.

Salary Range/Hourly Rate
Salary: $59,873.16 to $83,158.44 annually

Other Benefits and Perks
The City of Oakland offers an excellent benefits package. The benefits package includes:
PERS retirement.
Dental plan and orthodontics for employee and dependents.
Vision plan for employee and dependents.
Health plan fully or partially-paid, depending on your plan choice.
Life insurance.
Management leave, vacation leave, sick leave and holidays.
Deferred compensation plan and Credit Union services.
Potential telecommuting.

Job Category: Affirmative Litigation Innovation and Enforcement Division
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Hybrid Oakland