Description:

About Our Job
Please apply as soon as possible, as this posting may close without notice.

This is a full-time, limited position, with an end date of December 31st, 2022. This position is eligible for full City benefits.

The secret is out: The City and County of Denver is not only one of the nation’s top place to live, work, and play, it also made the Forbes list of top employers in Colorado, ranked #10 in the state of Colorado. Being the one of the best places to live and work isn’t easy, and Denver strives to hire the best people to represent our beautiful city. We are seeking people who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this City and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the City as a whole. #WhereDenverWorks.

The Denver City Attorney’s Office is one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with over 230 attorneys and 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 since Denver is a home rule city and county. Clients include the Mayor, City Council, all other elected and appointed officials, all city agencies, departments, boards, commissions, and employees.

The City Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing an equitable, inclusive, and diverse work environment. Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, we respect and honor our differences, we create a culture of compassion, collaboration, and common purpose of sharing our talents and creativity with each other and the City we serve. We celebrate bringing our whole selves to work every day.

The Denver City Attorney’s Office embraces an environment of compassion, trust, belonging and inclusion where all voices are engaged and respected, and where we nurture the talents of our diverse employees. We are an anti-racist office. We are committed to removing barriers, providing opportunities, supporting everyone by embracing our differences, condemning inequalities and oppression, and respecting everyone’s unique qualities. The successful candidate for this position must demonstrate these core operating principles and work ethic.

The Prosecution and Code Enforcement (PACE) section of City Attorney’s Office prosecutes municipal crimes and traffic offenses, helping crime victims safely navigate the criminal justice system. PACE also provides Denver residents with tools to help prevent crimes and provide alternative resolutions to traditional prosecutions. PACE prosecute persons charged with municipal crimes including domestic violence, assault, shoplifting, trespassing, and traffic violations; Handles nuisance abatement cases and licensing violations; Helps victims of crimes understand their rights and provide planning to help victims safely participate in the criminal justice process. The PACE neighborhood prosecution team helps neighborhood organizations address criminal activity.

The responsibilities for this Entry Associate City Attorney position include:
  • Preparing routine cases for litigation and represents the City in those proceedings
  • Providing City agencies with legal advice, including rules of evidence and rules of procedure
  • Performing routine legal research and assists with research of more complex legal problems, under the supervision of a higher-level attorney
  • Assisting with representation of City agencies concerning administrative remedies and initiatives and on interpretation of policy, ordinances and charter requirements
  • Assisting attorneys working in specialized areas with litigation, research, and related activities
  • Assisting in drafting memoranda, motions, briefs, and pleadings
  • Performing other related duties, as assigned or requested

About You
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 a Municipal, Federal, or State Court
  • Ability to quickly step into a courtroom and handle a docket
  • Background working with domestic violence cases
  • Strong commitment to public service; and/or
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills

If you are not currently licensed to practice in Colorado, and are selected for this position, you must begin the reciprocity process once you accept your formal offer letter in Workday.

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 the following on your application (upload the multiple attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):
  • Resume - Required
  • Cover Letter – Preferred, not required