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Assistant City Attorney III, (B191610-3), R42, City Attorneys

Company: City of Laredo, TX
Location: Laredo
Posted on: May 14, 2019

Job Description:

Job Summary SALARY: Negotiable depending on qualifications and experience Under the general direction of the City Attorney, perform highly responsible and professional legal services for the City of Laredo. Is responsible for assisting and providing oral and written legal advise, recommendations, and opinions to Department Directors, City staff, and committees on matters affecting City operations (with an emphasis on transactional work). Shall be responsible for drafting and reviewing contracts, real estate documents, resolutions, ordinances, and other written documents involving the City; performs legal research and preparing legal opinions, advises City officials and may represent the City in administrative proceedings. May be assigned to represent the City in ligations, including the brining and defending of suits and negotiating settlements, and assessment of risks and financial exposure to the City for non-compliance and matters affecting the daily operations of the City. May attend City Council meetings and advisory board meetings as needed. Advises City Departments in reference to legal questions which include duties in representing the City before various local and state departments and other governmental subdivisions. General direction is received from the City Attorney, however, the employee is expected to exercise considerable initiative and independent professional judgment in developing the technical aspects of the job. Job Description KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: * Knowledge of the judicial procedures and rules of evidence. * Knowledge of established precedents and source of legal reference applicable to City activities. * Ability to analyze and prepare a variety of legal documents. * Ability to conduct research on legal problems and to prepare legal opinions. * Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. * Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, City officials, and the general public. * Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in the English language. * Ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed inside and being capable of working closely with others or alone and working long or irregular working hours. Ability to operate office equipment; Work requires light carrying and lifting (under 24 pounds), simple grasping, sitting, standing, pushing, and walking. Ability to see, write, read, count, and hearing is needed to perform the essential functions of this job. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Drafts and reviews all forms of real estate documents. * Performs accurate, thorough, and timely legal research and prepares opinions, briefs, pleadings, motions, discovery requests, memorandum, real estate documents, and correspondence on various legal problems for the City. * Investigates cases, conducts oral depositions and other discovery proceedings, interviews witnesses, and gathers documents for presentation at the trial of cases. * Prepares trial documents, including trial motions, requests for limiting instructions, and jury questions and charges. * Attends Court for the hearing of all pre-trial matters, including motions for summary judgment and any other discovery motions or pre-trial motions. * Prepares all cases for trial, subpoenas witnesses, and conducts the trials of cases in the trial court, including making opening statements, presentation of evidence, closing arguments, etc.; ensures cases are thoroughly and accurately prepared and conducted. * Prepares all necessary post-trial motions and attends hearings thereon, including entries of judgment; prepares and files all necessary documents in order to appeal the judgment to state or federal Courts of Appeals; researches law and prepares written briefs on the law as it applies to the facts of the cases. * Continually reads law publications and attends professional seminars in order to stay abreast of the latest developments in state laws. * Attends meetings and conferences as required by the requesting department, board, or commission concerning problems or issues; confers by telephone with officials, department heads, and the general public. * Prepares, drafts, reviews, revises, and approves resolutions, ordinances, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents and instruments for various City departments; reviews such documents and provides opinions as to legal acceptability. * Perform any other legal duty as directed and assigned by the City Attorney. Minimum Qualifications Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school. * AND- At least four (4) years practicing as a licensed attorney. Experience in the practice of government law is preferred. Resume and writing sample demonstrating legal writing skills may be required upon request. Valid Licenses and Certifications Certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Texas and eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Texas is required.* * Must provide a copy of certification on application If selected, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas license must be obtained within six (6) months of employment. Continued employment is contingent on successfully obtaining required certification(s) and/or license(s) within the specified period of time indicated above from time of hire. As part of the minimum requirements for all positions with the City of Laredo, a thorough background check and certified school transcripts will be required from all applicants who are offered employment. Effective February 24, 1997, all selected applicants are required to undergo a drug and alcohol test prior to employment. A person with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at (956) 727-6460 two days prior to the scheduled interview and/or test if applicable. "AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER, THE CITY COMPLIES WITH THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT."SDL2017

Keywords: City of Laredo, TX, Laredo , Assistant City Attorney III, (B191610-3), R42, City Attorneys, Other , Laredo, Texas

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