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THE POSITION: Under close direction, performs entry-level legal work involving a wide range of municipal, civil and criminal law topics; handles the more routine professional legal tasks, with instruction and the more difficult and complex tasks with assistance as needed; and performs other work as required.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: The following typical tasks and responsibilities are representative of all positions in the class. They are descriptive, not limiting. Conducts legal research and drafts advisory memorandums; Prepares and files various pleading and motions on behalf of the City; Provides legal advice to City departments; Prepares or assists in the preparation of City Board and Commission meetings; Prepares or assists in the preparation of civil litigation cases; Prepares or assists in the preparation of administrative hearings and represents the City in such hearings; Reviews and interprets federal, state, county and city statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations, court decisions, laws and other legal authority; Draft’s ordinances, charter amendments, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, permits, licenses and other legal instruments; Prosecutes criminal matters on occasion; Maintains adequate case files, and related records to ensure effective completion of projects assigned; Responds to citizen inquiries; Attends community meetings to provide updates of City actions. Full job description: Associate Attorney

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applications will only be accepted from those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the COMPLETED City application, supplemental questionnaire and resume that they have:

  • Graduated from an accredited American Bar Association law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
  • Active member of the California State Bar Association
  • Possession of a valid California Class “C” driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass a police background

Desirable: Ties to Kern County, strong written and oral communication skills, and work well under pressure.

OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of: Legal research methods; rules of evidence and general statutory and case law; principals and methods of effective customer service; methods of research, case analysis, and report preparation; computer applications related work. Ability to: Communicate clearly and cohesively with others, in writing and orally; Make sound decisions; Assimilate and understand information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions; Prepare cases, secure necessary information and interview witnesses; Draft and prepare legal documents; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of City official’s community groups and the public; Analyze and interpret data, reports, rules, and regulations relating to City operations; Interpret laws, rules and regulations; Establish priorities, set goals and objectives and effectively manage projects and programs; Maintain confidentiality and utilize tact in addressing sensitive matters; Exercise sound, independent judgment within established guidelines; Devise and effectively prepare and present reports and recommendations; Represent the City effectively in meeting with governmental agencies, community groups, boards and commissions, and the public. Physical Conditions or Special Requirements: Standard office environment and working conditions; Must be able to work evenings and attend meetings as requested by the City Attorney; Some travel may be required to attend meetings and/or professional development sessions.

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