Start date for the position is not until summer/fall 2015, but the application review seems to be active and ongoing now.
The Fellowship is open until filled, and the term will begin late summer or fall 2015.
The Palo Alto Office of the City Attorney invites third year law students, recent graduates, and current judicial clerks graduated in the past two years from accredited law schools. For the 2015-2017 term, the Legal Fellow will focus on the areas of Sustainability, Land Use and Transportation. 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.
Palo Alto, like many communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, faces complex issues related to population and job growth, increasing traffic, and stresses on the environment and quality of life. With the population of Santa Clara County expected to grow as much as 36 percent by 2040, Palo Alto is already committed to promoting transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and transportation demand management. Palo Alto is also a pioneer in the fields of sustainability and climate change. One of the few cities in California to own and operate all of its utilities, Palo Alto provides 100% carbon neutral electricity and is exploring additional initiatives including a waste-to-energy program, green gas, distributed generation, rooftop solar and recycled water. The City also aims to be the nation’s most bicycle-friendly city within the next decade.
The 2015-2017 Legal Fellow will provide advice to the City Council, City Manager, and City departments in their efforts to guide the City on a path to sustainable, equitable, and responsible development. Current and future projects that may be assigned to the Legal Fellow include:
As part of a small team of attorneys, the Legal Fellow will also be expected to analyze legal issues throughout the diverse fields of local government law, which may include constitutional law, utilities regulation, public contracting, labor and employment law, government tort liability, government ethics, misdemeanor criminal prosecution and airport law. The Office of the City Attorney is committed to providing Legal Fellows with the training, experience, and professional development opportunities necessary to launch a successful career in public service.DEFINITION
The Legal Fellow assists City Attorney’s Office staff in the performance of duties and responsibilities as the legal counsel of the City.
This is two-year, limited-term position for recent law school graduates. 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. Legal Fellows are expected to conduct routine professional legal tasks both under the supervision of an attorney and independently, including drafting legal documents, assisting in the preparation and representation of the City in litigation, prosecuting City codes and regulations, conducting research and providing advice to City personnel.
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