City Attorney Advisors

The purpose of the Advisors is to be a resource to City Attorneys confronted with unique or highly challenging problems or issues arising from being a City Attorney.  The Advisors will not provide advice on substantive law questions as there are existing resources within the Department for addressing these types of questions.  Instead the Advisor’s purpose is to provide advice and professional support in the following situations:
 
  1. Difficult ethical issues that do not have clear cut answers in the applicable legal rules.
  2. Law office management problems, including personnel issues or lack of staffing or other resources.
  3. City Council or City Manager relationship problems or issues which are adversely affecting the ability of the City Attorney to successfully perform his or her job.
  4. Career guidance upon stepping down from a City Attorney position.
The assistance of the Advisors is available to all City Attorneys.  The Advisors will not provide advice to assistant or deputy City Attorneys as these attorneys should address their questions to their City Attorney.  Also the Advisors will not provide advice to a City Attorney who has violated the law or is subject to discipline by the State Bar.  Attorneys in these thankfully rare situations need to retain legal counsel. 

A City Attorney requesting assistance shall select a specific Advisor to contact for advice.  To the extent permitted by law, the selected Advisor will keep communications with a requesting City Attorney confidential.  The Advisor will not discuss the problem or question presented to the Advisor with other Advisors or other persons without the permission of the requesting City Attorney.  The Advisors roster is below. 

City Attorney Advisors

 
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