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FOIL Attorney

The Office of the Counsel to the Mayor provides legal advice to the Mayor and City Hall staff and manages legal and other policy initiatives on inequality at the direction of the Mayor, including universal broadband access, green jobs and Fire Department diversity.

About the Role:

The Office of the Counsel to the Mayor is now accepting applications from admitted attorneys for an Assistant Corporation Counsel to primarily manage the processing of requests under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and assure compliance with conflict of interest rules. Through work with others in the Office, City Hall staff and City agencies, the Assistant Corporation Counsel will further the administration’s commitment to effective government. Responsibilities of the Assistant Corporation Counsel in this position would include:

• Coordinating with City Hall staff concerning FOIL and document retention requests;

• Reviewing potentially responsive documents to FOIL requests, in some cases utilizing specialized document review software;

• Administering and further developing as necessary the Offices system for tracking FOIL requests;

• Producing weekly updates on FOIL processing;

• In coordination with other staff, ensuring effective communication with FOIL requestors;

• Educating City Hall staff and staff at other agencies about the requirements of FOIL;

• Assuring compliance with Chapter 68 of the Charter and the rules of the Conflict of Interest Board.

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