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Honors Attorney Program

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The Honors Attorney Program is a two-year program for recent law school graduates, newly admitted lawyers and judicial clerks who are committed to public service and is designed to provide an opportunity for new lawyers from historically underserved communities to gain public law experience.

Assistant Deputy City Attorney - Honors Attorney Program

PROGRAM

The Honors Attorney Program is a two-year program for recent law school graduates, newly admitted lawyers and judicial clerks who are committed to public service.  The program is designed to provide an opportunity for new lawyers from historically underserved communities to gain public law experience at the start of their career.   

The Honors Attorney Program provides new attorneys an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a wide range of legal disciplines alongside more experienced attorneys.  Participants will assume substantial individual responsibility for their work, will have the opportunity to gain courtroom experience, will closely observe municipal government in action and will independently draft and review local legislation, contracts, real estate leases, intergovernmental agreements and other documents and legal instruments.  

Honor Attorneys have the opportunity to attend training sessions and will receive on-the-job instruction and mentorship advice from some of the most senior members of the City Attorney’s Office. 

PROGRAM DETAILS

The term of appointment is for a maximum of two years.  During the two-year program, Honors Attorneys will handle a broad variety of assignments from different practice groups in the City Attorney’s Office.  Each practice group will provide substantive and challenging assignments across a wide spectrum of legal fields to meet Honor Attorney interest balanced with Office workload.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIRED SKILLS

Applicants must be admitted to the Bar of the State of Oregon (or expect to be admitted shortly after appointment) and be eligible to practice law before the courts of the State of Oregon at the time of appointment.

Selection is highly competitive and candidates will be considered based on academic achievement, writing skills and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to government service or public interest law.

The City of Portland is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

TIMELINE**

The job posting and application period for the next Honors Attorney term begins in late 2024 for a September 2025 start date.

**Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice**

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted through the City of Portland’s Job Opportunities website.  Applications should include:

  • Cover letter describing the applicant’s demonstrated interest in public service, relevant personal and professional experiences and goals and interest in the Honors Attorney Program;
  • Resume;
  • In approximately 500 words or less please describe: 1) your experiences or participation with one or more of the following, and 2) what you learned:  
     
    • Experiences living, working, and/or interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities; 
    • Situations in which you have taken action to help resolve racial inequities; 
    • Steps you have taken to make workplaces and/or public spaces more inclusive; or 
    • Advocacy or support as a member of a historically underrepresented group in government decision-making. 
    • If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please explain how you would demonstrate that commitment in this position.
CONTACT

Email: cityattorneysoffice@portlandoregon.gov