Assistant Attorney I

Recruitment #19-3005-001


Assistant Attorney I is a professional entry-level position that provides a variety of legal services, which may be civil, traffic, administrative, or criminal law related.  Responsibilities include providing legal counsel and representation to the City and its various departments, agencies, boards, officials and employees. The incumbent performs legal research and is responsible for drafting memoranda, pleadings, briefs, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, legislation proposals, leases, deeds, purchase agreements and administrative regulations and policies on behalf of the City. Incumbent must render both oral and written opinions as a legal representative before municipal and state common pleas and appeals courts with an ability to manage plea negotiations, settlements, controversies and claims. Incumbent is expected to stay informed of municipal, criminal, and any related fields of law and fulfill all Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements. Above average oral and written skills in the preparation of charges, pleadings, motions and other documents for trial, or court proceedings.The Assistant Attorney should demonstrate civic duty, fairness within the law, consistency, excellent organization and time management. The ability to prioritize in managing caseload, deadlines and other departmental duties is essential.

The current opening is in the Criminal Division of the Law Department. The incumbent will prosecute criminal and traffic violations in Municipal Court on behalf of law enforcement agencies and victims of crimes. The incumbent should possess the ability to interview witnesses or victims with discretion and tact while working with law enforcement and other agencies to gather facts and evidence. Evaluate police reports, statements, photographs, and other evidence as deemed relevant for case preparation.


Minimum Qualifications

Must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) AND be a member in good standing of the Ohio Bar or be capable of becoming so within 6 months from date of appointment. 

Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education through the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities or equivalent region.


License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.


Special Requirements

 Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio within 6 months of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.



Applications must specifically address each of the minimum qualifications, directly showing how each is met.

Appointment to positions in this classification will require applicants to pass a police background investigation. Final permanent appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination, including drug screen, and providing documentary evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity.