LEGAL SECRETARY - City Attorney's Office

Civil / Internal Litigation Unit Division

Recruitment #2303-0134-001


The City Attorney's Office is seeking qualified and dedicated individuals to provide legal secretary support to our Internal Litigation Unit, which is responsible for defending the City in courts of law and administrative proceedings to avert litigation contrary to the City's interest for all civil cases.

City-Wide Benefits
· Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan.
· Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO.
· Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK. 
· Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more. 
· Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability. 
· Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned.
· Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars. 
· Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, more.


Your Security and Future

· Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably.
· Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan.

· Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree. 
· Education Assistance, Reimbursement, and Qualified Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Get assistance paying off your student loan debt. 
· Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable.


Your Peace of Mind

· Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA. 
· Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays)
· Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment.
· Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving.

General Description

This position provides legal secretarial support to paralegals and attorneys. It is also responsible for maintaining litigation files, filing legal documents with Federal and State court, preparing correspondence and performing general office tasks.

Other essential duties may include:

  • Formatting, proofing and filing pleadings with the courts
  • Entering and maintaining data in the case management software system
  • Bates stamping and updating document logs
  • Preparing subpoenas
  • Assisting with notebook and exhibit preparation
  • Filing, indexing, and managing electronic case files
  • Court runs as necessary
  • Maintaining and updating legal publications

Essential Functions

Maintains the docket by pulling files for daily settings, scheduling appointments and cases, notifying attorneys and related parties of pertinent information, completing and distributing paperwork, notarizing affidavits, preparing reports, locating witnesses and preparing docket sheets. Prepares legal documents by entering the required data, reading the charges and offenses, verifying accuracy, notarizing various legal and court documents, preparing indictments and subpoenas, and distributing copies.

Provides administrative support by assisting clients and visitors, answering and directing phone calls, maintaining office supplies, contacting vendors regarding office needs, drafting correspondence, and assisting court personnel as needed.

Performs related duties by preparing budget statistics, verifying expenditures, answering phones, court runs, maintaining database files, maintaining consumer fraud files and records, reviewing files for retention periods, keeping account records, setting up notification cases, maintaining personnel records, scheduling, video taping depositions, and providing back up assistance to other secretaries as required.

May perform payroll clerk responsibilities by assisting with office management, collecting time cards, entering time record data into mainframe, creating reports, and processing payroll records as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of legal secretarial support, confidential information handling, and transcription

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Applicants will be required to present a valid typing certificate obtained within the previous 12 months indicating a minimum NET typing speed of 45 WPM or greater. 

Information on how to obtain a typing certificate will be provided before Oral Board Interviews to those applicants that are invited to an Oral Board Interview. A typing certificate MUST be presented in order to be interviewed.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong experience involving personal injury, employment law, and civil rights litigation

Experience with filing documents in State and Federal Courts

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of April 10, 2023
Applicants who receive an invitation to attend the Oral Board interview will be required to present a valid typing certificate obtained within the previous 12 months indicating a minimum NET typing speed of 45 WPM or greater. Information on how to obtain a typing certificate will be given to those applicants invited to an Oral Board interview. A typing certificate MUST be presented in order to be interviewed.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 90% of your oral board interview
This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. Selection Interviews may be conducted.  

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must email your documentation at the time of your interview to  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.  


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.