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The City Attorney's office provides legal services to the City of Bend.


SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM - Applications will be accepted until February 27, 2020.

The extern program offer an excellent opportunity for law students to enhance their education by gaining “hands-on” experience in a variety of practice areas in municipal and civil law. Through the program, externs will gain valuable practical experience while completing meaningful and interesting work. Externs also will learn about the structure and operation of City government, as well as the important and challenging work completed by the City Attorney's Office.

Externs are expected to produce legal research and prepare memoranda as assigned by the City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney and Associate City Attorney for a variety of legal research areas, which could include: public records law; open meetings law; public contracting; land use for current and long-range planning; code enforcement; real property; human resources and employment; water law; intergovernmental relationships (local, state, federal); public infrastructure (water, sewer, storm water); police and fire department issues. The prospective extern will attend various meetings including City staff meetings, and City Committee or Council meetings, as appropriate.

Qualified candidates should have excellent legal research and writing skills and have a strong academic record. In addition, candidates should be detail oriented, able to prioritize assignments and independently manage a workload, demonstrate good judgment and initiative, and interact effectively with different personalities and work styles.

Must have completed two years of law school or one year in combination with prior relevant work experience.

The City Attorney’s Office offers paid externships and/or for academic credit. Position is full-time, 40 hours per week. There are no benefits available with this position. Position is available on an ongoing basis.

Send cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample (not to exceed three pages), and reference list via email to Brenda Mingus, Legal & Risk Program Manager, at: Please indicate in your cover letter the term for which you are seeking placement.

Normally, the City Attorney's office provides advice and services to the City Council, the City Manager, Department Heads and other management personnel, but also at times provides legal advice to boards, commissions, agencies and to individual City employees related to their official responsibilities.

The City Attorney's client is the City of Bend. The City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney and Associate City Attorney have an attorney-client relationship with the City.

The office's legal services primarily involve providing legal advice to City Council and staff to assist them in performing their functions consistent with applicable legal standards. While the majority of the City Attorneys' time is spent avoiding disputes, legal disputes occasionally arise. The City Attorney's office proactively tries to resolve disputes when they arise, and often takes the lead for the City in settling disputes, including personnel matters, tort and contract claims, land use matters and other disputes affecting the City.

Most disputes are settled, but some cannot be settled. Most lawsuits against the City are covered by various insurance policies maintained by the City, and those cases are defended by the insurance company and outside defense counsel. The City Attorney's office works with the insurer and insurance defense counsel to manage those cases. Occasionally the City becomes involved in litigation that is not covered by any of its insurance policies. In those cases, the City normally retains outside counsel, and the City Attorney's office is responsible for coordinating with and managing the outside counsel. The City Attorney's office does handle some litigation matters.

The City Attorney's office handles appeals of land use decisions at the Land Use Board of Appeals and in the appellate courts, as well as appeals related to the urban growth boundary expansion to the Land Conservation and Development Commission.

In addition, the office provides various legal opinions and contract document reviews for the City Council and City departments. Most City programs and operations entail some legal staff involvement.

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