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SF City Attorney's Office

Postby augusta1985 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:37 pm

Does anyone know anything about the San Francisco City Attorney's Office? Judging by some of the Linkedin profiles I've seen, it seems like most of the attorneys there have federal clerkship experience (one of which was a SCOTUS clerk). Just thought it was interesting and in stark contrast to many of the big-city DA offices - sort of an atypical pedigree for state-level prosecutors.

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Re: SF City Attorney's Office

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:15 pm

The SF City Attorney (not District Attorney) is an incredibly desirable job. They pay very well, have a good lifestyle, are in a great location, and give their attorneys sophisticated work (for example, they are litigating the gay marriage cases right now). As a result, they have hiring criteria that are tougher than at most elite law firms. The office has several SCOTUS clerks and most hires are from the top of the class at elite schools. The office has institutional connections with UC Berkeley, Yale, and several local firms which gives them a good base from which to recruit new hires. From what I've heard, most people get their jobs through a combination of stellar credentials and networking.

It's important to remember that the SF City Attorney is not a "big city prosecutor" (that's the DA). The City Attorney is basically the "general counsel's office" for the city of San Francisco. They do some defense work, slip and fall kinds of cases, and they do some code violation work, but they also do a lot of complex civil work, constitutional litigation, and election law work. If I had a job offer with them, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
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Re: SF City Attorney's Office

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:18 pm

So 1L summer I was working for a Judge at the SF Superior Court and according to some of the judges that I've talked to, the City Attorney's office is really reputable and a good place to get some experience. They also pay fairly well, I think more than the DA's.

Of course, this is in comparison with like SF DA's office, and SF PD's office. I think at least for the two judges I worked with, City Attorney's office and the DA's office are very well regarded. The PD not so much. Please take this with a grain of salt since I've never worked with anyone from those offices first hand.




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