Deputy City Attorney I/ Ii

City of Las Vegas
Full Time $86,575 - $153,758 Per year NV 200 Lewis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101, United States Apply before 7/11/2024 11:59
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Overview

The city of Las Vegas invites applications for Deputy City Attorney I/II.  This position provides legal counsel, representation, advice and interpretation for all civil or criminal concerns for assigned departments, depending on assignment; provides legal advice and counsel to anticipate, avoid or resolve potential or pending legal issues, disputes and litigation; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the assigned Deputy City Attorney V, Assistant City Attorney and the City Attorney.

This Deputy City Attorney I/II will be assigned to the Civil Division of the Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office, and provides legal counsel, representation, and advice in highly responsible and complex matters.   

The ideal candidate should have significant  legal experience related to any one or more of the following areas: contracts and transactions; real estate and development;  zoning and planning;  or general civil litigation.   Municipal or government law experience  preferred, but not required.  
The ideal candidate should also have the ability to research legal issues; clear and effective oral and written communication skills, and may require representation of various City Departments, Boards and Commissions and practice before administrative agencies and courts in contested matters.

To provide legal counsel and representation in all aspects of the prosecution or defense of matters anticipated or pursued in any court of competent jurisdiction in which the city is involved; to provide legal advice and counsel to anticipate, avoid or resolve potential or pending legal issues, disputes and litigation; and to perform a variety of tasks related to assigned area(s) of responsibility, including—but not limited to—contracts and transactions, labor and employment, land use, legislation, and litigation.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This series contains an entry level and journey level.  Each classification is distinguished by the level of complexity of assigned duties; the judgment and initiative required for the assigned duties; the expertise, accomplishment or specialization in a specific area of law; the level of supervision received; and the degree of knowledge required to satisfactorily carry out the assigned duties. Positions at the journey level are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level; when filled from the outside, selected candidates have prior experience.


Supervision Received

Deputy City Attorney I

Receives immediate supervision from the City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney. Receives technical and functional supervision from the assigned Deputy City Attorney III or IV acting in the capacity of lead attorney or team chief, or from a higher level Deputy City Attorney.

Deputy City Attorney II

Receives general supervision from the City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney. Receives technical and functional supervision from the assigned Deputy City Attorney III or IV acting in the capacity of lead attorney or team chief, or from a higher level Deputy City Attorney.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

Essential Functions:

When Assigned to Civil Division:

  1. Represent the City of Las Vegas in assigned court hearings in which the city is named as a plaintiff or defendant including litigating various civil cases; obtain, prepare and present courtroom evidence.
  2. Research legal questions and evaluate the impact on city policies and procedures.
  3. Appear in court and administrative proceedings to represent the city’s interest as required.
  4. Prosecute actions in state and municipal court to abate public nuisances and collection of damages or debts regarding city property.
  5. Conduct parking trials and appeals; initiate civil actions and collections of parking penalties and fines; account for all parking revenue which is City Attorney-generated.
  6. Coordinate office activities with those of other departments, outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the City Attorney; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  7. Stay current on relevant state statutes, city ordinances, administrative code sections, and case precedents.  Attend seminars to keep abreast of new laws and court decisions necessary for the tasks outlined above.
  8. Respond to citizen inquiries regarding matters related to assigned duties.

Marginal Functions:

  1. Participate on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional groups and committees.
  2. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required or as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Deputy City Attorney I

Experience:

No experience is required.

Training:

A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

License or Certificate:

Membership in the State Bar of Nevada, and maintenance thereafter.

License to practice before the District Court, Federal District Court of Nevada and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, depending on assignment, on the date of application, and maintenance thereafter.

Deputy City Attorney II

In addition to the qualifications for Deputy City Attorney I:

Experience:

Two years of responsible experience as a practicing attorney, or four years of professional experience in a specialized field closely related to the area of assignment.

Training:

A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

License or Certificate:

Membership in the State Bar of Nevada, and maintenance thereafter.

License to practice before the District Court, Federal District Court of Nevada and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, depending on assignment, on the date of application, and maintenance thereafter.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Deputy City Attorney I

Knowledge of:

Modern principles and practices of public law.
Legal principles, practices and procedures of criminal, constitutional and administrative law.
Methods and techniques of legal research, trial preparation, trial procedure and trial presentation.
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations and their past applications.

Ability to:

Learn the organization, duties, powers, authority, policies and procedures of the City Attorney's Office in general and the assigned division in particular.
Learn basic methods of public agency administration.
Learn to organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge.
Learn negotiation techniques and their appropriate use.
Learn to make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
Learn to present statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically.
Learn to interpret, apply and explain applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
Learn to work effectively within a team environment.
Prepare clear and concise legal position papers and briefs.
Conduct research on legal problems.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Communicate concisely and clearly both orally and in writing.
Learn identity and mechanics of available sentencing alternatives.
Effectively prepare and present cases in court.
Maintain professional conduct at all times.
Plan, organize and prioritize assignments.
Meet critical deadlines.
Manage multiple assignments.
Communicate with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds while demonstrating respect and sensitivity for perceived differences.
Maintain proficient level of knowledge and abilities in assigned duties.

Competencies:

Core Workforce Competencies

Professionalism – Demonstrates core values by being honest, respectful and positive.

Effective Communication – Expresses verbal and written thought in a clear and understandable manner.

Customer Focus – Demonstrates genuine concern and satisfies external and/or internal customers based on the CLV core purpose and values.

Adaptability – Able to effectively modify behavior to suit changing workforce demands.

Problem Solving – Solves problems by considering all causes, solutions and outcomes.

Productive Partnerships – Develops, maintains and strengthens partnerships with others.

Technical and Safety Expertise – Possesses a depth of knowledge, skill and ability in a technical (job) area.

Deputy City Attorney II

In addition to the qualifications for Deputy City Attorney I:

Knowledge of:

Modern and complex principles and practices of public law.
Methods of public agency administration.
The organization, duties, powers, limitations and authority of city government.
The organization, duties, powers, authority, limitations, policies and procedures of both the City Attorney's Office in general and the assigned division in particular.
Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure.
Trial techniques and legal writing skills.
Identity and mechanics of available sentencing alternatives.
Techniques of negotiation and their appropriate use.

Ability to:

Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
Prepare clear, concise, sound and moderately complex legal position papers, briefs, memoranda and opinions.
Organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge of legal issues.
Prepare and present moderately complex cases in court.
Conduct thorough research on legal issues.
Proficiently and aggressively apply legal knowledge and skills in court.
Achieve resolutions and decisions in accordance with the proper interpretation of laws, regulations and policies.
Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
Negotiate acceptable solutions to cases when appropriate.
Work effectively within, and contribute to, a team environment.
Interpret, apply and explain applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
Set and adjust priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
Work with minimal supervision.
Use initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
Explain complex legal terms and procedures in clear and simple terms understandable to  individuals outside the field of law.
Define issues, collect and analyze pertinent data, identify alternative solutions, anticipate consequences of proposed actions, draw valid conclusions, propose sound recommendations, and implement approved course of action in support of desired outcome.

Competencies:

Core Workforce Competencies

Professionalism – Demonstrates core values by being honest, respectful and positive.

Effective Communication – Expresses verbal and written thought in a clear and understandable manner.

Customer Focus – Demonstrates genuine concern and satisfies external and/or internal customers based on the CLV core purpose and values.

Adaptability – Able to effectively modify behavior to suit changing workforce demands.

Problem Solving – Solves problems by considering all causes, solutions and outcomes.

Productive Partnerships – Develops, maintains and strengthens partnerships with others.

Technical and Safety Expertise – Possesses a depth of knowledge, skill and ability in a technical (job) area.

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