Law Department

The Office of Legal Affairs is headed by the Director of Legal Affairs who is also Corporation Counsel for the City. The Office encompasses a Law Division, which offers legal counsel and services for the City, such as the preparation of contracts for all City purchased goods and services, as well as a Human Resources Division, which recruits for city jobs, conducts training and deals with various employee affairs including benefits administration.

The Office provides counsel only for the City and its agencies and does not provide any legal services to outside parties or individuals.

Duties of the Corporation Counsel are:

  • To act as legal advisor of the City, the Mayor, the Boards of Representatives, Finance and Education and all other Officers, Departments, Boards, Commissions, Authorities, Agencies and Bureaus in matters relating to their official duties.
  • To represent the rights and interests of the City in all actions and proceedings brought by or against it or any of the municipal Officials, Departments, Boards, Commissions, Authorities, Agencies and Employees.
  • To handle appeals in which the City or any Officer, Department, Board, Commission, Authority, Agency or Employee is involved.
  • To handle the preparation of all forms of contracts and other legal instruments in which the City is concerned, and act in all respects as attorney for the City, its Officers, Departments, Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Agencies.
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Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Kathryn Emmett Corporation Counsel (203) 977-4082