This is an entry level position for attorneys interested in litigation. The attorney would bring affirmative litigation on behalf of the City of Philadelphia primarily in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Courts for violations arising from the Philadelphia Code. The attorney will also be responsible for defending the City of Philadelphia in statutory appeals before the Board of Licenses and Inspection Review and Tax Review Board. The attorney will also defend the City in emergency injunctive actions arising under the Philadelphia Code. This position requires the attorney to manage a large caseload. The attorney will conduct depositions, engage experts, attend court conferences, draft appropriate pleadings, court memoranda, and dispositive motions, and prepare and present cases before the Philadelphia Court system.
In addition to the Position Summary, responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Advise and represent the City of Philadelphia and our employees, before government agencies, and in legal matters
Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in code enforcement litigation.
Communicate with clients, colleagues, judges and others involved in the case
Conduct research and analysis of legal problems
Study federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations
Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals, and government agencies
Present facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and argue on behalf of the clients
Prepare and file legal documents, such as preliminary objections, answers and dispositive motions
Analyze probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents
Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law
One to three years of experience or a judicial clerkship is preferred. Candidates with a strong academic background will also be considered.
Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and process
Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.
Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.
Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. Must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries.
Any questions related to this position should be directed to Joanna Klein, Divisional Deputy City Solicitor, Code Enforcement Unit (email@example.com).
What We Offer
We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities.
Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
Wellness program that offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan
Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
Generous retirement savings options
Successful candidate must be a City of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr@ phila.gov. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx