Department of the Corporation Counsel
Donna Y. L. Leong, Corporation Counsel Designate
530 So. King Street, Room 110
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
The mission of the Department of the Corporation Counsel is to meet the diverse legal needs of its clients, by advising its clients proactively, and by effectively representing and litigating while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.
Powers, Duties and Functions
The Corporation Counsel serves as the chief legal advisor and legal representative of all agencies, the Council and all officers and employees in matters relating to their official powers and duties, and shall represent the City in all legal proceedings and shall perform all other services incident to the office as may be required by the Charter or by law.
Counseling and Drafting Division
The Counseling and Drafting Division is responsible for rendering oral and written opinions to all of the entitles it advises, for drafting bills and resolutions for submission to the City Council or the State legislature, for reviewing and approving legal documents to which the City is a signatory, and for attending all the meetings of the City Council, the council committees, and the City boards and commissions.
The Litigation Division represents the City and County of Honolulu before all of the state and federal courts in the State of Hawaii, including the two appellate courts of the State of Hawaii, the United States Districts Court for the District of Hawaii and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Division processes and litigates all claims by or against the City, seeks collection of monies owed to the City, and handles Subpoenas Duces Tecum directed to the Honolulu Police Department.
Real Property Tax Division
The Real Property Tax (RPT) Division maximizes intake of real property assessment revenues to the City by efficiently managing cases and vigorously defending the City against real property tax appeals brought in Tax Appeal Court ("TAC"). The RPT Division coordinates and works with the other counties in developing appraisal procedure and legislation, as well as litigation practices through the ongoing exchange of information and support of legal positions on common issues.
Job Opportunities: JOIN THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
The Department of the Corporation Counsel for the City and County of Honolulu does some of the most interesting legal work in Hawaii, with issues involving constitutional law or significant public policy, and with substantial litigation in the state and federal courts. COR is now looking for experienced attorneys. If you are interested in public service and licensed in Hawaii, please send your letter of interest and a resume detailing your experience and references to: Department of the Corporation Counsel, City and County of Honolulu, Attn: Acting Corporation Counsel, 530 S. King Street, Room 110, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813.
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