Assistant City Solicitor - Health & Adult Services Unit
- Philadelphia, PA
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The Law Department's civil practice includes unique issues involving public interest. Our lawyers help chart the course for the City in business, health, safety, commerce, civil rights, taxation, and community development. The Litigation Group includes the Affirmative & Special Litigations Unit, Civil Rights Unit, Tort Litigation Unit, Code & Public Nuisance Litigation Unit, Labor & Employment Unit and Appeals Unit.
The Health and Adult Services Unit (HAS) represents the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability (DBHIDS) and the Office of Homeless Services (OHS) in the Court of Common Pleas and in administrative proceedings. In addition to interviewing witnesses, gathering documentation for trial, working to resolve issues with opposing counsel and litigating matters, HAS attorneys actively participate in providing advice to clients regarding policy and frequently participate in advisory meetings.
This is an entry level position for an attorney who is expected to handle daily court assignments. The attorney must be available to attend court on holidays. The attorney must demonstrate excellent research and writing skills. The attorney should have exemplary communication skills and be able to relate effectively with clients, colleagues and members of the general public. HAS attorneys represent DBHIDS in mental health hearings in treatment facilities located throughout the City. The attorney will be responsible for traveling to different sections of the City on different days of the week to handle their trial list.
The attorney is responsible for all Petitions for Review arising from mental health hearings. HAS attorneys are responsible for representing DBHIDS at the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. HAS attorneys appear in the Court of Common Pleas on behalf of PDPH in lead proceedings. HAS attorneys are required to exercise excellent time management in timely reviewing and responding to subpoenas, record requests and firearms requests. HAS attorneys must make documents available or appear in court to contest the release of the documents. An ACS in the HAS Unit is required to be proficient in a variety of laws and regulations dealing with the confidentiality of the subject matter of each of our clients. An ACS in the HAS Unit is expected to be responsive to the needs of the client which may necessitate being available on an emergency basis. HAS attorneys exercise critical thinking and exercise problem solving skills in responding to inquiries from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
In addition to the Position Summary, responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Advise and represent the City of Philadelphia and our employees before government agencies and in legal matters.
- Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in code enforcement litigation in mental health, lead, tuberculosis and other health related hearings.
- Regularly communicate with clients, colleagues, judges, and others involved in the assigned cases
- Conduct thorough research and analysis of legal problems
- Study Remain informed and knowledgeable about current changes to federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations
- Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals, and government agencies
- Present facts clearly in writing and verbally to their clients or others and present arguments on behalf of the clients
- Prepare and file legal documents, such as preliminary objections, answers, dispositive motions, and appellate briefs in statutory appeals.
- Analyze probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
- Negotiate settlements agreements for case dispositions.
- Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
Education and Experience
- One to three years of litigation experience.
- Candidates must have a strong academic background.
- Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing.
- Candidates must be able to work in emotionally charged situations and think creatively to solve dilemmas which have repercussions for the City and vulnerable members of society.
- The candidate must treat all litigants and members of the public with respect and dignity.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to manage court assignments, research and writing assignments, and record requests.
- Excellent written and oral communication.
- Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and process
- Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose creative solutions.
- Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.
- Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. Must be able to clearly present and explain the City’s position in court, in training sessions for staff, providers and members of the public.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, reference list, and at least two detailed writing samples with your application. Applications without all documents will not be considered.
Any questions related to this position should be directed to Lynda Moore, Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Health and Adult Services, Lynda.firstname.lastname@example.org and Vernette Dow, Divisional Deputy City Solicitor, Vernette.Dow@phila.gov.
Did you know?
- We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
- Employees are eligible for a 25% tuition discount program (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
- We offer comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
- Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
- Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
- Generous retirement savings options are available
Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to email@example.com. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx
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