The Civil Division of the Legal Department provides internal support to the City on civil legal issues. The Civil Division provides proactive legal advice to the City Council, the City Manager, and all departments of the City to ensure every action by the City is legally defensible, complies with current state law, and minimizes the potential for litigation. This includes preparing and reviewing legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions, orders, interlocal agreements, contracts, leases, etc. as well as all documentation filed with the court during litigation. The Civil Division represents the City in civil litigation and at administrative hearings, such as forfeiture hearings, land use hearings and infraction hearings, while also providing training to the other departments of the City.
Because the City provides such a vast array of services, civil attorneys must be knowledgeable in numerous areas of law, including civil liability, civil rights, code enforcement, condemnation, criminal law and procedure, economic development, employment law, environmental law, labor and disciplinary law, land use law, municipal law, public bidding law, public contract law, public disclosure, telecommunications law, and tort law.
The City of Lakewood is the Legal Department's client.