Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Assistant City Attorney/City Prosecutor, prosecute ordinance violations before trial and appellate courts; represent the City in Municipal Court and Superior Court on appeals. This is an entry level position that requires significant on the job learning. Attorneys in this classification are initially assigned less complex criminal legal matters and assume responsibility of more difficult and complex assignments as experience is gained.

First review of the position will be on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

Essential Duties:
Essential duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist the Assistant City Attorney as directed in advising the Police Department on new cases and procedures, communicate with law enforcement and the court system, and meet with police officers in preparation of bench and jury trials
  • Participate in meetings and advise departments on matters related to Municipal Court prosecution such as court relations, code enforcement, and special emphasis programs, which may require attending evening meetings.

Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.

  • Represent the City in the prosecution of all criminal violations covered by the City of Lakewood Municipal Code; prepare documents relevant to criminal prosecution such as charges, complaints, memorandums, jury instructions, briefs, motions, protection orders, trespass orders, and filing decision declines; communicate with the Police Department, Code Enforcement, witnesses, victims, defense attorneys, pro-se defendants, and Court staff; negotiate please agreements; and follow case through sentencing procedures and manage criminal appeals.
  • Responsible for all aspects of prosecution including investigation, arraignments, pre-trial hearings and motions, suppression hearings, bench and/or jury trials, sentencing, review hearings, and appeals.

Conduct legal research to prepare briefs, argue the constitutionality of ordinances, and prepare for cases; screen police reports to identify incidents wherein charges have been filed; and review current law reviews, legal periodical articles, legislative updates, and court opinions/decisions.

Actively champion a culture of and commitment to workplace safety through everyday actions and leadership.

Other Duties:
Perform other duties as assigned, which may on occasion involve civil legal work, administrative hearings, and presentations to the City Council and citizens.

Education, Experience, and Other Requirements
A law degree from an accredited university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • Federal, Washington State, and local laws and regulations.
  • Legal research, methodology, preparation, and review of legal documents and instruments.
  • Case preparation and litigation techniques. Rules of evidence.
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of criminal law. Organization and analysis of case facts and legal precedents.
  • Research methods and brief writing techniques. Public speaking techniques.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Complex legal record-keeping techniques and requirements.

Ability to:
  • Effectively organize work to perform a large volume of work efficiently and effectively.
  • Clearly communicate workload status.
  • Prepare, review, and render legal opinions concerning law, codes, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents and instruments.
  • Represent the City in a variety of hearings, conferences, negotiations, and other legal proceedings.
  • Perform comprehensive legal research.
  • Provide legal advice, interpretation, and expertise concerning criminal ordinances and civil infractions.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and organize case facts, evidence, and precedents.
  • Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations and arguments.
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Communicate complex legal issues verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences in a clear, comprehensive, effective, and professional manner.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships within diverse environments.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Work independently with little direction.