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Assistant District Attorney

This is an entry level position. We will also consider lateral hires with more experience.

Assistant District Attorneys are given substantial responsibility early in their careers. ADAs generally start in the Criminal Division. As they gain experience, they have the opportunity to handle more serious and complex cases. 

Given the diverse nature of our community, the ability to work with people of different backgrounds is critical. The office seeks to have a legal staff that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. To that end, we actively recruit minority and bilingual applicants. The office is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or employment status. 

If you would like to be a part of a challenging, innovative, and collegial work environment, join our team! Please review the information and instructions at the following links. If you have any additional questions, please contact Arcelia Hurtado, Assistant District Attorney/Manager of Hiring and Training at Arcelia.Hurtado@sfgov.org. 

If you are an experienced attorney currently practicing law, or have recently graduated from law school and have passed the California Bar, the office encourages you to submit your application. Attorneys must be admitted in California prior to submitting an application and reside in California throughout the tenure of their employment.

The office considers academic achievement as only one indicator of an applicant’s potential. Equally important are qualities of personal character, integrity, judgment, and maturity. Prior leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service are also valued qualities. Assistant District Attorneys are selected solely on the basis of merit, without regard to political affiliation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All interested applicants, please be advised that there are multiple steps to the application process. They include submitting an online application, personal and professional materials, and navigating multiple rounds of interviews.

How to Apply:

Step 1

  1. Please visit Job Postings
  2. Selected “Attorney (Civil/Criminal) PEX-8177-070981” and follow the prompts to complete and submit the online portion of the application process.

Step 2

All Applicants must also: Submit the materials in the “Application Materials” tab below

Step 3

All applicants selected for the first round interview will be contacted directly. Please ensure that all contact information you provide is valid.

If a job opening is not presently open, please consider submitting your application materials (see above) anyway. Your information will be kept on file and considered for review when openings become available.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials to Shavaun Tolliver in a single Word or PDF file:

  1. Cover Letter

    Please address your cover letter to:
    Shavaun Tolliver
    Human Resources Manager
    Office of District Attorney Chesa Boudin
    350 Rhode Island St, 400N
    San Francisco, CA 94103

  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial (or official) transcript

    Unofficial Transcript: Please provide the most recent copy of your transcript. It should include your current course schedule, if applicable.

    Official law school transcript: An official transcript is issued directly from the law school generating the grade report. It usually has an official seal and/or a signature of the registrar. You may have the registrar mail the transcript directly to our office or you may bring it to your interview in an envelope sealed by your registrar.

  4. Writing sample

    Writing sample: Your writing sample should show substantial legal research and analysis and should be limited to no more than 12 pages. It need not be on a criminal law subject and there is no specific length requirement. Please submit what you consider to be the best example of your writing. The sample should be accompanied by a cover page explaining (a) the sample’s original purpose (e.g., class assignment, moot court brief, internal memorandum for employer); (b) when and for whom the sample was written; (c) the extent of editing by any third party; (d) if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, the nature of such larger document; and (e) if the sample is a collaborative work, which portion of the sample was written by the applicant. You may submit additional samples while your application is pending if you desire.

  5. Three references

    References: We require at least three professional references from former or current employers who have firsthand knowledge of your performance in a legal position. References from former or current employers in a legal setting are preferable to academic references. Personal references are not desired, nor are letters of recommendation. Please include a full name, current telephone number, and e-mail address for each reference provided.

Salary

Salaries range from $114,816 – $201,084 a year commensurate to experience. Please see Job Postings for additional information.

Benefits

Benefits include a comprehensive insurance plan offering medical, dental and vision, life and long-term disability options, generous vacation time, parental leaves, domestic partnership benefits, pre-tax spending options and deferred compensation plans. For more information about benefits, please click here.

Independent Investigations Bureau ADA

Assistant District Attorneys within the Independent Investigations Bureau have over fifty years of experience trying criminal and civil matters ranging from law enforcement abuse to wrongful convictions, civil rights violations, violent crimes, hate crimes, fraud, human trafficking, and public corruption offenses.

They bring valuable experience garnered from their employment with the United States Department of Justice, nationally-recognized law firms, public defender organizations, and local government. 

Of the many individual accomplishments and accolades earned by each attorney, the strength of IIB lies in the complementary and diverse nature of its pieces. Each attorney’s unique training and skills expands the collective knowledge and expertise of the team to address the challenges and complexities of investigating and prosecuting law enforcement misconduct.

The office seeks to have a legal staff that reflects the diversity of the community we serve and actively recruits minority applicants. The office is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or employment status.

If you believe you are a good fit for the Independent Investigations Bureau, please consider submitting an application following the steps below.

Step 1

  1. Please visit Job Postings
  2. Select “Attorney (Civil/Criminal) (Independent Investigations Bureau) PEX-8177-071551” and follow the prompts to complete and submit the online portion of the application process.

Step 2

All Applicants must also: Submit the materials in the “Application Materials” tab below

Step 3

All applicants selected for the first round interview will be contacted directly. Please ensure that all contact information you provide is valid.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials to Shavaun Tolliver in a single Word or PDF file:

1. Cover Letter addressed to:

Shavaun Tolliver
Human Resources Manager
Office of District Attorney Chesa Boudin
350 Rhode Island Street, 400N
San Francisco, CA 94103

2.  Resume

3.  Writing Sample

Writing sample: Your writing sample should show substantial legal research and analysis and should be limited to no more than 12 pages. It need not be on a criminal law subject and there is no specific length requirement. Please submit what you consider to be the best example of your writing. The sample should be accompanied by a cover page explaining (a) the sample’s original purpose (e.g., class assignment, moot court brief, internal memorandum for employer); (b) when and for whom the sample was written; (c) the extent of editing by any third party; (d) if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, the nature of such larger document; and (e) if the sample is a collaborative work, which portion of the sample was written by the applicant. You may submit additional samples while your application is pending if you desire.

4.  Three References

References: We require at least three professional references from former or current employers who have firsthand knowledge of your performance in a legal position. References from former or current employers in a legal setting are preferable to academic references. Personal references are not desired, nor are letters of recommendation. Please include a full name, current telephone number, and e-mail address for each reference provided.

Salary

Salaries range from $114,816 to $201,084 a year commensurate to experience. Please see Job Postings for additional information.

Benefits

Benefits include a comprehensive insurance plan offering medical, dental and vision, life and long-term disability options, generous vacation time, parental leaves, domestic partnership benefits, pre-tax spending options and deferred compensation plans. For more information about benefits, please click here.