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Last modified: 1/7/2013 6:59 PM
Attorneys interested in employment with the Office of the County Counsel may email, fax, or mail a copy of his or her resume or letter of interest to Acting Assistant County Counsel Robert Coelho as follows:
Office of the County Counsel
County of Santa Clara
Attention: Robert M. Coelho
70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, 9th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110-1770
Phone: (408) 299-5900
Fax: (408) 292-7240
Applications, job descriptions and information on current openings may be obtained through the Employee Services Agency website.
Most lawyers serve the public interest by practicing their profession with competence and integrity, and by contributing their services to those in their communities without legal representation. The lawyers who practice law in the County Counsel's office devote their entire practice to public service. We are committed to providing the highest quality service to our clients and to the community. Our office, by law, is the legal advisor to the County Board of Supervisors and all the County's departments and agencies. In fact, it is contrary to the law for an agency to contract with other counsel without the consent of the Board and the County Counsel.
Government lawyers occupy a unique position in the legal system. On any given day, our client could be said to be a government official, a government body, the people represented by that body, or the "public interest" at large. Many commentators believe that the government lawyer has the responsibility to seek justice, rather than simply representing their nominal client's interests. In the cases involving the lawyers who represent President Clinton, the appellate court stated that a "government lawyer in a civil action must 'seek justice' and avoid unfair settlement or results."
Our ultimate client is the County of Santa Clara, which acts through its highest elected officials, the Board of Supervisors, the policy decision-maker for the County. However, issues or transactions often involve more than one County department. Sometimes departments have different responsibilities and perspectives on a particular issue and expect their County Counsel attorney to zealously advance their position. While our attorneys are committed to representing individual departments with vigor, it is also our job to ensure that the departments consider the issues from the viewpoint of the Board of Supervisors, our ultimate client.
Being a lawyer in the County Counsel's office is one of the best jobs that any lawyer could have. It gives a lawyer an opportunity to confront an astonishing diversity of legal issues, and requires the constant consideration of complicated ethical standards in an effort to serve the Board and the County well.
The County of Santa Clara is an Equal Opportunity Employer