Municipal Government Offices

ARKANSAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE (1 position)

The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and provides a number of services to cities and towns throughout the State of Arkansas. While legal as well as other forms of assistance have been provided to member municipalities from the outset, the League created its Municipal Legal Defense Program (“MLDP”) in 1979. The League is located in North Little Rock, next door to the Dickey Stephens Ball Park. For more information about the League, please visit our website at www.arml.org.

The MLDP legal staff represents municipalities, municipal officials, representatives, and employees throughout the entirety of the state, focusing on the following practice areas: employment law, civil rights, land use, police misconduct, constitutional law, torts, elections, ethics, taxation, finance, governance, Freedom of Information Act, record retention, pensions, annexation and boundary changes, construction, code enforcement, police and fire protection, and vehicle litigation (both defense and subrogation). The MLDP strives to provide the highest quality of professional legal services to Arkansas cities and towns.

Currently, the MLDP is comprised of 9 attorneys, 9 legal staff, and 6 law clerks. The office atmosphere is hardworking but collegial. An extern with the League may have the opportunity do any of the following:

  • assist in researching and responding to legal inquiries from city and town officials and employees;
  • assist in preparing publications, articles and presentations on legal topics of interest to Arkansas municipalities;
  • research discrete areas of local government law;
  • assist attorneys defending Arkansas cities and towns in trial and appellate litigation, including significant hands-on experience assisting in the preparation of materials for filing with the courts, particularly motions for summary judgment and supporting briefs and appellate briefs;
  • assist in drafting or responding to written discovery requests;
  • attend city council meetings;
  • attend depositions in a variety of settings, including the Arkansas Department of Corrections;
  • attend client meetings;
  • attend settlement conference or mediation; and
  • perform other related duties as assigned.

Externship candidates should have a general interest in local government. She/he should be proactive, have a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn. She/he must have excellent writing skills and research abilities. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is strongly preferred, and a member of the MLDP staff will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.

OFFICE OF LITTLE ROCK CITY ATTORNEY (1 position)

The mission of the City Attorney’s Office is to provide excellent and ethical legal advice, zealous legal representation, and other quality legal services for the Little Rock Board of Directors, city officers, and city employees in order that they may lawfully attain the Board of Directors’ goals and other department program outcomes without undue risk to the city.

The City Attorney’s Office is located on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The City Attorney’s Office performs all legal services for the city, including legal advice to city officials, preparation and review of contracts and other legal documents, prosecution of persons accused of violating city ordinances, and representation of the city and city officials in lawsuits. The City Attorney’s Office does not provide legal advice to members of the public.

An extern serving in the City Attorney’s Office will:

  • assist in drafting ordinances and resolutions;
  • attend the Little Rock City Board Meetings;
  • work with attorneys on litigation cases;
  • work with transactional attorneys on contracts, requests for proposals, requests for qualifications, agreements, memoranda, and grant work;
  • attend meetings as requested with the city attorney or other professionals;
  • research discrete areas of local government law;
  • be trained in the applicability of state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA);
  • attend environmental, traffic, and truancy courts with attorneys; and,
  • perform other related duties as assigned.

A student applying for this position should have a general interest in local government. He or she should be proactive, have a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn. He/she must have excellent writing skills and research abilities. The staff of the City Attorney’s Office will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.