The Denver City's Attorney's Office seeks an entry level Assistant City Attorney for the Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section of the Department of Law. An entry level Assistant City Attorney works in an office atmosphere that is built on a team-concept to prosecute violations of the Denver Revised Municipal Code, criminal prosecution of ordinance violations, quality of life issues and domestic violence cases in municipal, district, and appellate courts. The candidate must be comfortable with using good analytical skills to make independent decisions.
The Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section (also known as "PACE") prosecutes some minor state violations and all municipal ordinance matters, including: traffic and arraignment, city code enforcement, juvenile matters, nuisance abatement, excise and license matters, general sessions/general violation cases, domestic violence cases, mental health commitments, drug and alcohol commitments, and developmental disabilities commitments.
The Denver City Attorney's Office is one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with over 90 attorneys and approximately 90 staff members comprised of paralegals, victim advocates, and other support and supervisory staff members. It may have the most diverse practice of any law firm in Colorado. Clients include the Mayor; the Auditor; the Clerk and Recorder; City Council; and all city agencies, departments, offices, boards, commissions and authorities. The City Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing an inclusive and diverse work environment in which every person has the opportunity to achieve the highest professional and personal development and is accorded the highest degree of dignity and respect.
The responsibilities for this position include:
- Prepares routine cases for litigation and represents the City in those proceedings.
- Provides City agencies with legal advice, including rules of evidence and rules of procedure.
- Performs routine legal research and assists with research of more complex legal problems, under the supervision of a higher level attorney.
- Assists with representation of City agencies concerning administrative remedies and initiatives and on interpretation of policy, ordinances and charter requirements.
- Assists attorneys working in specialized areas with litigation, research and related activities.
- Assists in drafting memoranda, motions, briefs and pleadings.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
- The complete job specification is Assistant City Attorney – Entry
The preferred candidates will be attorneys who have:
- Experience/knowledge in the prosecution of criminal cases;
- Trial experience;
- Experience having served as co-counsel in jury trials in Federal or State Court;
- the ability to quickly step into a courtroom and handle a docket
- a background working with domestic violence cases;
- A strong commitment to public service; and/or
- Strong written and oral advocacy skills.
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
- Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree or Bachelor of Laws Degree.
- Experience: None
- Licensure & Certification: Possession of a license to practice law in Colorado from the Colorado Supreme Court at the time of application or possession of license from U.S. states that have a reciprocity agreement with the state of Colorado, excluding the following states: California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
- Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
To be considered for this position, you must include an attachment that addresses the following questions to your application (upload the multiple attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):
- Describe your experience in the prosecution of Criminal cases. Please provide specific examples and outcomes. Enter N/A if this doesn't apply.
- Describe your experience/knowledge preparing routine cases for litigation. Please provide specific examples and outcomes.
- Describe your experience performing routine legal research and assisting with research of complex legal problems. Please provide specific examples and outcomes.
- Tell us about why you want to be an entry-level municipal prosecutor. What does it mean to you to be a "municipal prosecutor"?
- When deadlines are tight and stress is high, describe your approach to delivering the best possible outcome.
- Describe a situation where you were part of a team where multiple factors led to low trust, resentment, and disrespect. What lessons have you learned from this?
- Describe a situation when you disagreed with a teammate about a decision or action. Tell us about your approach and process in navigating disagreements on a team.