City Attorney’s Office Selected to Receive the ABA’s Jefferson Fordham Law Office Accomplishment Award

City of Santa Monica NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:  August 4, 2010

CONTACT:   Marsha Moutrie, Santa Monica City Attorney, 310-458-8336

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has been selected to receive the American Bar Association’s Thirteenth Annual Jefferson Fordham Law Office Accomplishment Award for State and Local Governmental Law Offices.  The award was established to recognize and honor the accomplishment of practitioners and institutions active nationwide in the varied areas of practice associated with state and local government law.

The award will be presented at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco on Friday, August 6th, by the ABA’s Section on State and Local Government Law. “We are all honored by the award and the recognition of the good work done by members of the office. We are even more honored to be able to serve the public and this special City everyday”, said City Attorney Marsha Moutrie.

In honoring the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office the ABA noted that the City Attorney’s Office “has been uniquely instrumental and successful in focusing state and national attention on the threat posed by MtBE contamination of drinking water supplies and establishing regulatory standards and ultimately getting MtBE banned as a gasoline additive, while at the same time handling an unusually diverse set of other legal issues for the City of Santa Monica.” Altogether, through the efforts of the City Attorney’s Office and other City departments, the City of Santa Monica will have recovered approximately $325 million from the MtBE and the PCE/TCE contamination settlements.  Those responsible will have been held accountable and the public will have regained use of a priceless natural resource—drinking water—with the costs being appropriately borne by polluters and not the public.

As also noted by the ABA, the achievements of the City of Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office “whether in obtaining remarkable recoveries for drinking water contamination or in its other significant accomplishments represent truly outstanding governmental law office performance.”

The City Attorney’s Office, led by City Attorney Marsha Jones Moutrie, consists of 43 employees, 24 of whom are attorneys. The office provides a broad array of legal services to the City of Santa Monica, which in every sense of the phrase is a “full service city.”

The City Attorney’s office provides a full range of legal service to meet the City’s diverse needs: litigating about 200 civil cases, handling about 5000 misdemeanor cases, prosecuting about 5000, and drafting hundreds of contracts and dozens of ordinances each year.  Additionally, the office enforces various consumer and tenant protections, processes Public Records Requests and provides training on laws governing public process and governmental ethics.

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