The First Deputy City Solicitor serves as head of the Law Department when the City Solicitor is unavailable. In addition, by assignment of the City Solicitor, the First Deputy is responsible for advising the City Solicitor in overseeing and managing the Law Department’s caseload and assignments; providing litigation support and consultation on significant matters impacting City-wide initiatives, programs and policies; implementing Department-wide initiatives and policies involving diversity, professional development/training and public service; complying with reporting requirements of the Department to the Mayor’s Office, City Council, City Departments and other governmental offices and agencies; making personnel decisions; and administering the Summer Law Clerk Program and Internship Programs. The First Deputy also advises the City Solicitor on issues involving the budget, audits, performance evaluations, human resources, technology and facilities. He also coordinates the Department-wide Continuing Legal Education program. First Deputy City Solicitor Craig M. Straw received his undergraduate and law degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his law degree while working for a City of Pittsburgh Council member, who recently retired from the Pennsylvania State Senate. After graduating from law school, Craig worked for seven years as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Pittsburgh. During his tenure with the City of Pittsburgh Law Department, he primarily handled civil rights litigation involving the City of Pittsburgh Police Department. In 2006, he joined the Civil Rights Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department. In 2007, Craig was named the Chief Deputy of the Civil Rights Unit and maintained that position until being named the First Deputy City Solicitor in March of 2016.
directly to the First Deputy City Solicitor. The Administrative Service Department provides support services to all employees of the Law Department. These services include: budget preparation and management; bill payment; purchase and maintenance of supplies and equipment; personnel and payroll; management of contracts for services; management of computer operations; telecommunications; space planning; maintenance of the law library; mail deliveries; record retention and disposal; and other support services. Steve received his BSBA from Slippery Rock University in 1998. After six years in the private sector, he spent fifteen years in higher education with Ithaca College, George Mason University, The Catholic University of America, Iowa State University, and Drexel University. In 2015, Steve joined the City of Philadelphia's Office of The Managing Director as Deputy Administrative Services Director. In July 2016, Steve joined the Law Department in his current position as the Director of Administration. In his free time, Steve enjoys playing tennis and is a board member for the Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association.