Description: The City of Atlanta’s Law Department plans to host two to four law students for a nine (9) week summer program during the summer of 2017. Summer Associates will have the opportunity to spend approximately three (3) weeks in three (3) of the Law Department’s practice groups – Watershed Management, Finance and Infrastructure, Litigation and Employment and Aviation. Summer Associates will have the opportunity to complete substantive work assignments related to municipal law practice (i.e. conducting legal research, drafting and reviewing basic legal correspondence and agreements and providing legal analysis) and will also observe various court appearances, board meetings and City Council meetings.
Dates: June 5, 2017 – August 1, 2017 (9 weeks)
Application Procedure: Please send a cover letter, resume and a list of the top three (3) practice group preferences to:
Keisha Burnette, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Patrick McShane, Senior Assistant City Attorney
City of Atlanta Department of Law
City Hall Tower, Suite 4100
68 Mitchell Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3520
Or email application materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Application Dates: Cover letters and resumes must be received by March 1, 2017.
Eligibility: 1L, 2L and Alum
Interviews: Interviews will take place in the Law Department offices in Atlanta City Hall in March 2017.
The City of Atlanta will also conduct interviews at the Georgia State University College of Law Public Sector Career Fair on Friday, February 24, 2017. Please visit the Georgia State University College of Law website for information regarding the Public Sector Career Fair submission requirements.
Areas of Law
Office of City Attorney
The City Attorney is the chief legal advisor for the City of Atlanta and is the director of the Department of Law. As chief legal advisor for the City of Atlanta, the City Attorney is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Mayor and to the Atlanta City Council. The Department of Law is vested with exclusive authority and jurisdiction in all matters of law relating to the executive branch of the city government and every department, bureau, office, institution, commission, committee, board and other agency thereof. The Department of Law litigates all civil matters on behalf of the City of Atlanta; provides for the defense of city officers and employees in certain situations involving civil litigation arising out of the performance of official duties of the officer or employee; provides written legal opinions on questions of law connected with the interest of the City of Atlanta to the Mayor, any department head, and president or member of the Atlanta City Council; attends all meetings of the Atlanta City Council and meetings of the committees of the council as requested; supervises, administers and performs all claims work under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-1, et seq., and performs any other services as are consistent with the usual and customary duties of municipal corporation counsel.
The Department of Law does not provide legal advice to members of the public. The Department of Law is limited to providing legal advice, counsel and representation to the Mayor, City Council members, City officials and departments in all civil matters regarding the City of Atlanta, Georgia.
Finance and Infrastructure
This group provides legal counsel and litigation services to the Department of Planning and Economic Development; Bureau of Planning; Bureau of Buildings; Bureau of Code Enforcement; Urban Design Commission; Bureau of Transportation; Bureau of Housing; Department of Finance including all of its Offices; Department of Enterprise Assets Management; Department of Information Technology; Department of Procurement on general fund matters; Department of Contract Compliance; Mayor’s Office, City Council and related boards and authorities including the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Urban Design Commission, the In-rem board and the Pension Boards on behalf of the City and as the legal liaison with the City’s three Community Improvement Districts. This group also provides in house legal counsel and litigation service on all Commercial Transactions including bond deals, municipal financing, tax matters and Telecommunication matters.
Litigation and Employment
The Litigation and Employment Practice Group handles all lawsuits in which the City, any of its employees, elected officials or its agents are named as defendants, and that have not been assigned to outside counsel. This includes all tort litigation and constitutional claims, whether filed in federal or state court. In addition to handling lawsuits, Litigation and Employment provides substantive legal advice on employment matters, workers compensation, and to the public safety entities which include Police, Fire, Corrections and Courts.
Litigation and Employment also includes the Claims Department which facilitates the handling of claims which are filed against the City as required by state law.
This group provides legal counsel to the Office of the Mayor, City Council, Departments of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Planning and Community Development; Public Works; Watershed Management, Information Technology, and related authorities, boards and commissions in the areas of economic development, public infrastructure and general municipal legal matters.
The Aviation Practice Group acts as Counsel to the City of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Members of the Practice Group represent the City in a wide variety of transactions concerning the Airport including transactions with airlines, vendors and contractors doing business with the Airport.
Currently, the members of the Aviation Practice Group are working on legal matters related to the $5.4 billion expansion of the Airport. The Hartsfield Jackson Development Program is a 10-year project that includes the construction of a 5th Runway, a new International terminal, enhanced road & rail access, additional packaging facilities and a new Consolidated Rental Car Facility.
The Compliance Unit is responsible for proactively evaluating, reviewing, and enhancing compliance standards and processes within the City of Atlanta, with a centralized focus on preventing and reducing the potential for municipal liability with regard to the City of Atlanta’s compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The Compliance Unit is also responsible for conducting thorough and impartial investigations into the affairs of any city department, board, bureau, commission, institution, authority, retirement system, or any other instrumentality or agency of the city. These investigations may also include any city official, employee or any person or organization to the extent that the person or organization shall have had any dealings with the City of Atlanta or any department, board, bureau, commission, institution, authority, retirement system, or other instrumentality or agency of the city.