Attorney (Civil/Criminal) - DPA

Recruitment #PEX-8177-100531


8177 Attorney


The Department of Police Accountability is selecting three (3) Permanent Exempt 8177 Attorney. Under varying levels of supervision, the incumbents of this class perform professional level attorney work in connection with the defense or prosecution of civil or criminal cases.   Examples of Important and Essential Duties According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code (class) and are not intended to be an inclusive list.


1. Prosecutes or defends civil actions in which the City is involved such as affirmative litigation, personal injury claims and property damage cases, family law and other litigation.

2. Prepares briefs on appeals, opinions or legal actions; assists in or handles preparation of other legal matters such as contracts, leases, deeds, insurance policies, bonds, charter amendments, ordinances and resolutions. May supervise and participate in all legal processes necessary to the enforcement of the reciprocal support act.

3. Provides advice and counsel to City departments, boards, commissions and others including drafting legal opinions and legislation.

4. Represents the City on regulatory matters before courts and administrative bodies on taxation matters; represents the city in eminent domain cases necessary to acquiring land for redevelopment purposes.

5. Represents the City on transaction matters including the negotiation and drafting of public works, professional services, purchase, real estate and other contracts.

6. Performs professional legal work in all phases of estate administration in Public Administrator's office; may also perform a wide variety of professional legal work in connection with child support civil cases. 7. Performs other related duties as required.


1. Serves as a counsel to persons charged with the commission of crimes who are financially unable to employ counsel; represents such defendants in criminal court and jury trials.

2. Tries jury and non-jury criminal cases in the Superior Court; interviews witnesses; conducts and or supervises investigations and writes legal briefs in conjunction with assigned cases and trials.

3. Receives and investigates complaints from the general public and representatives of the police department to determine the necessity for issuing of citations or warrants; interviews witnesses and issues citations; conducts citation hearings and determines the necessity for issuing warrants.

4. Prepares daily court calendar and maintains various records of warrants and citations issued.

5. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances as applied to civil or criminal law.

Ability to: Speak and write in a clear and effective manner; and establish and maintain effective working relationships. Experience and Training

Requires Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school License or Certificate:

Requires active membership in good standing of California State Bar

How To Apply

You will submit your application using the electronic link provided in this job announcement. Once you have submitted your application, the Department will review and will contact you about the next steps in the selection process.

Selection Plan

This is an Permanent Exempt position, exempt from competitive civil service selection, appointment and removal procedures, and the person serving in the position shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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