PhiladelphiaRecruiter Since 2001
the smart solution for Philadelphia jobs

Assistant City Solicitor, Civil Rights Unit (Overturned Conviction Division)

Company: City of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Agency Descriptions

The Law Department's civil practice includes unique issues involving public interest. Our lawyers help chart the course for the City in business, health, safety, commerce, civil rights, taxation, and community development. The Litigation Group includes the Affirmative & Special Litigation Unit, Appeals Unit, Civil Rights Unit, Code & Public Nuisance Litigation Unit, Labor & Employment Unit and Tort Litigation Unit.

  • The Civil Rights Unit represents the City of Philadelphia and its employees in federal and state court. The CRU handles all lawsuits alleging that the City and its employees violated an individual's constitutional rights or engaged in an intentional tort. In addition to its litigation responsibilities, the Civil Rights Unit counsels City Departments regarding issues with potential civil rights implications. Working most with the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, the Department of Licenses and Inspections, and at times the Department of Human Services, members of the Civil Rights Unit routinely discuss policy changes and implications with those client departments. Developing this considered advice involves all members of the Unit, who participate in the after-action review process through which the team discusses, compiles, and shares advice gleaned from litigation with the client departments.
    Job Description

    The City of Philadelphia Law Department is seeking to hire an attorney with 1-5 years of litigation experience as an Assistant City Solicitor in the Civil Rights Unit, specifically within the Overturned Convictions Division. The candidate will have opportunities to handle jury trials, and to handle the complex discovery and motions practice associated with litigations arising out of overturned convictions. Consequently, prior civil litigation experience and/or a federal clerkship are preferred, and applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar. The ideal candidate has good academic credentials and strong communication, analytical, and writing skills. The candidate will also have opportunities to serve as a second chair on cases that move more quickly to trial, and comfort with public speaking and a desire to hone oral advocacy skills are preferred.

    Essential Functions

    In addition to the Position Summary, responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Trying federal and state court cases before a jury or judge;
    • Representing the City and employees at arbitrations;
    • Taking and defending depositions;
    • Attending court conferences and hearings;
    • Drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs;
    • Researching, analyzing, and briefing complex legal issues;
    • Developing processes for efficient organization of larger case files;
    • Participating in analyses of policies currently in place; and
    • Developing, with the team, proposed policy or practice modifications for consideration by the clients as a result of lessons learned through litigation.
      Competencies, Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
      • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and process
      • Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions
      • Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter
      • Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand - must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries and listen, answer questions, present to large groups and high-level officials and employ diplomacy in challenging situations
      • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work on teams and collaborate with colleagues and clients
      • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the office that values all individuals and respects difference
      • Excellent research and writing skills
      • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to identify and analyze legal issues within complex fact patterns
        • The candidate will have at least 10 years of experience in civil litigation with at least three years of civil rights litigation
        • Law degree at an accredited law school and member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar
        • Resident of the City of Philadelphia within 6 months of hire
          Additional Information

          Salary: up to $67,900

          As a condition of employment with the City of Philadelphia, employees starting employment on or after September 1, 2021 must be vaccinated.

          Any questions related to this position should be directed to Anne B. Taylor, Chief Deputy City Solicitor of the Civil Rights Unit (

          The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670

          For more information, go to: Human Relations Website:

Keywords: City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia , Assistant City Solicitor, Civil Rights Unit (Overturned Conviction Division), Other , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Click here to apply!

Didn't find what you're looking for? Search again!

I'm looking for
in category

Log In or Create An Account

Get the latest Pennsylvania jobs by following @recnetPA on Twitter!

Philadelphia RSS job feeds