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Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Deputy City Attorney - DWP
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
The Office of the City Attorney is seeking an attorney interested in representing the Department of Water and Power’s Water System on legal matters involving natural resources law.
The Department of Water & Power (DWP) Division acts as General Counsel to the Department of Water & Power, its officers and employees, and the DWP Board. Division attorneys are responsible for legal representation, counsel and advice, and handling litigation related to DWP operations.
The DWP Division is located at 111 N. Hope Street, Room 340, Los Angeles.
The responsibilities of this position are generally representing and advising DWP’s Water System on issues involving the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, groundwater rights, and purchased imported water supplies. The scope of work includes analyzing and litigating matters arising from state and federal laws, including the California Water Code, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, and other relevant statutes. Responsibilities include representing DWP before various administrative agencies, whose regulations impact the Water System’s operations. The position requires representation of DWP before the State and Federal Courts. Because DWP is a municipal utility and a proprietary department of the City, matters relating to the City Charter, general municipal law, the fixing of rates and enforcement of the rules and regulations under which DWP operates will be implicated. Some of this work will require handling legal matters that arise in Inyo County and Mono County and will require travel to the Eastern Sierra region of California.
Education, training, experience:
Five (5) years of civil litigation practice in California and Federal Courts. Ability to review and draft contracts, resolutions and Board letters; and the ability to draft motions and argue persuasively before courts and other tribunals. Licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
The following qualifications are desirable:
• Previous civil litigation experience in administrative law and/or natural resources law;
• Demonstrated heavy research and writing;
• Ability to deal effectively with public officials, departmental personnel and members of the public; and
• Strong oral communication skills.
Candidates are required to submit two (2) writing samples.
Appointment to this exempt position (non Civil-Service) will be subject to a two (2) year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the two (2) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.
Attorneys interested in applying should submit a resume, writing samples and cover letter, specifying DWP – WATER AND ENVIRONMENT, to Alma Zavaleta via email only to Alma.Zavaleta@lacity.org.
Hiring ongoing as positions become available.
Selected applicants will be invited to interview.
This position is designated Category 24 on Schedule B of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Conflict of Interest Code.
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