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Job Opportunities with the City Attorney's Office

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Assistant Deputy City Attorney - Honors Attorney 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 to gain public law experience after law school.  The Program actively seeks to recruit, hire, promote and retain a diverse class of Honors Attorneys every two years. 

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 legal documents. 

Honor Attorneys will also participate in periodic events to introduce them to the work of the City Attorney’s Office and will have the opportunity to attend a variety of training sessions.  Participants will receive on-the-job instruction and mentorship advice from some of the most senior members of the City Attorney’s Office. 


The term of appointment is two years.  During the two-year program, Honors Attorneys will handle a broad variety of assignments from all Practice Groups in the City Attorney’s Office.  Each Practice Group will provide substantive and challenging assignments across a wide spectrum of legal fields. 


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.


  • Job posting and application period begins:  October 5, 2020.
  • November 2, 2020:  All applications must be received by 5:00 PM PST
  • November 15, 2020:  Candidates selected for interviews will be notified
  • November 15 – December 16, 2020:  Interviews will be held
  • Early January 2021:   Conditional offer extended
  • September 20, 2021:  Program begins 


Applications will be accepted through the City of Portland’s Job Opportunities website:  starting October 5, 2020, through November 2, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PST.To apply, please submit the following:

  • 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;
  • Writing sample (at least 6 pages); and
  • Official or unofficial law school transcript.


Kim Sneath, Office Administrator,

Law Students

Law school students who are interested in clerk positions and are eligible for work-study should send a cover letter, resume, and transcript to

The City of Portland is an equal opportunity employer; minorities are encouraged to apply.


Kim Sneath

City Attorney Office Manager