Municipal Law Fellow

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Dec 10, 2019
Legal Services
  • Salary: $83,532.80 - $125,299.20 Annually

Job Description


City of Palo Alto Municipal Law Fellowship

The Palo Alto Office of the City Attorney invites recent graduates and current judicial clerks to apply for a Municipal Law Fellowship.The Fellowship is a full-time, "at will" paid position beginning in Fall 2020 for a limited term of two years.The ideal candidate will have strong writing and speaking skills, a commitment to public service, and a willingness to engage in practical problem solving in a fast-paced environment.

As part of a small team of attorneys, the Municipal Law Fellow will have an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of municipal practice, including both litigation and advice in constitutional law, land use regulation, utilities regulation, public contracting, labor and employment law, government tort liability, public ethics, and airport law.While assignments and responsibilities may be tailored to the Municipal Law Fellow's specific interests, the Office of the City Attorney is committed to providing the Municipal Law Fellow with the breadth of training, experience, and professional development opportunities necessary to launch a successful career in public service.

Salary and benefits for the Municipal Law Fellowship are highly competitive. Job posting will be open until filled with the first review of applications on or about December 16, 2019. Applicants are asked to provide a resume, cover letter, transcript, references, and writing sample at . Please direct any questions to .

Essential Duties

Representative duties and responsibilities of the past Municipal Law Fellows include:
  • Legal review of and advice regarding a draft Environmental Impact Report for an update to the City's general plan.
  • Drafting resolutions and ordinances related to transportation and neighborhood development.
  • Drafting a Gun Violence Restraining Order.
  • Weekly appearances in Santa Clara Superior Court representing the City in the prosecution of municipal code violations.
  • Appearances in Santa Clara Superior Court defending the City's interests in Pitchess motions.
  • Advice to the City's zoning code enforcement team and representation in administrative hearings.
  • Updating the City's conflict of interest code.
  • Researching legal issues and options for a Safe Parking program to support individuals living in vehicles.
  • Drafting an ordinance incentivizing all- electric power for new construction.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate. Applicants must be law students in their final year at an accredited law school or joint degree program, current judicial clerks recently graduated from an accredited law school, or attorneys in their first year of practice.
  • Member in good standing with the California Bar or willingness to seek admission to the California Bar upon eligibility.Failure to gain admission to the California Bar within one year of appointment may result in termination.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous