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Deputy City Attorney

City of Clarksville

City of Clarksville

Clarksville, TN, USA · Clarksville, TN, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2023
This is the second of three levels in the Legal series. Incumbents provide legal advice and services to the Mayor, City Council, and department heads, and City committees and boards. Responsibilities may include representing the City in legal matters; preparing and/or reviewing and approving all contracts, deeds, bonds, ordinances, resolutions, and similar documents; preparing and filing legal pleadings, motions, briefs, and other documents; and conducting depositions, trials, and appeals.

Example of Duties
TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES(These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)
  1. Provides general legal guidance to the Mayor, City Council, department heads, and City committees and boards, which includes preparing a variety of legal documents; serves in the City Attorney's absence including, but not limited to, making presentations and providing legal advice during department meetings and various committee meetings (such as Finance and Administration Committee meetings) and supervising office administration within the Legal Department including, but not limited to, the litigation-related duties and other functions performed by the Legal Executive/Administrative Assistant.
  2. Serves as supervisor/chief of the Litigation Section within the City's Legal Department; confers with and, as necessary, advises outside counsel concerning litigation strategy; supervises and mentors in-house staff attorneys concerning litigation, drafting legislation, examination and drafting of contracts and other instruments, and drafting departmental policies; and prepares cases for hearings and trials.
  3. Represents the City in litigation proceedings in court, which includes: determining procedural avenues for actions; attending depositions; making strategic and tactical litigation decisions; and/or performing related activities.
  4. Reviews contracts, deeds, bonds, ordinances, and resolutions to verify appropriateness of terms, conditions, and applicable clauses.
  5. Serves as supervisor/chief of Real Property Section of the City's Legal Department and, as such, performs and examines abstractor and title search reports, evaluates economic feasibility of obtaining title insurance and performs additional services relating to real estate closings including, but not limited to, preparation of deeds, easement agreements, and instruments of release; supervises the evaluation of City liens against real property including, but not limited to, liens arising from abatement of overgrown vegetation, debris and unsafe structures; prepares and files pleadings, motions, briefs, and related documents.
  6. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Typical Qualifications

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (positions in this class typically require):
Doctor of Jurisprudence and eight years experience as a practicing attorney, with significant civil litigation (federal and state) experience during those years; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Supplemental Information
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS: (positions in this class typically require):
Licensing Requirements:
  • Tennessee state law license
KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):
Knowledge of:
  • Legal theory;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes;
  • Contract management principles and practices including, but not limited to, knowledge of real estate law and real estate transactions;
  • Court procedures;
  • Criminal justice system;
  • Interview methods and techniques;
  • Research methods;
  • Legal document preparation techniques;
  • Computers and related software applications.
SKILLS: (position requirements at entry):
Skill in:
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Providing sound legal advice;
  • Analyzing complex information;
  • Conducting legal research;
  • Preparing legal documents;
  • Applying legal principles to determinations on individual cases and problems;
  • Trying cases in court;
  • Analyzing, appraising  and organizing facts, evidence, and precedents relevant to assigned cases;
  • Using computers and related software applications;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with subordinates, coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.