Palo Alto’s newly appointed city attorney Ms. Molly Suzanne Stump

In the interest of Open Government and Transparency the following information was obtained on Ms. Stump through the California State Bar web-site which among other things, lists her practice. attempted to call her too wish her well in her new assignment and also ask her to define and list her TOP Legal Priorities as she envisions them for the city of Palo Alto.

My wish list includes:  Palo Alto social media policy for twitter, facebook and emails.  Currently there are none defined for general public use in harmony with the First Amendment.  See associated PA links below.

Palo Alto secret behind closed door minutes:

If anyone thinks that what is being discussed behind these secret closed door meetings, will not influence Palo Alto City Council members on the value of social media evolving policy changes, is asleep behind the social media mouse and in stark contrast with the Mayors claims of Open Government and Transparency.

Palo Alto Press Release – Contact Karen Holman 650.444.4017


Up-Date:  PA City Attorney Molly Suzanne Stump Employment Contract – Golden Parachute Clauses

7.1. Severance Pay. If Stump is asked to resign or is terminated as City Attorney, she shall receive a cash severance payment or payments (without interest) at intervals specified by Stump, equaling six (6) months salary and benefits calculated at the date of
termination. The six (6) month severance benefit will increase by one month for each completed year of service, to a maximum of nine (9) months. (By way of example, after one year of service, the severance benefit will be seven [7] months, after two years it will be eight [8] months and after three years or more it will be nine [9] months.)

7.2. Non-Payment of Severance under Certain Conditions. If the termination of Stump is the result of conviction of a felony, she shall not be paid any severance pay.

**Misdemeanor(s), DUI convictions, California State Bar moral turpitude issues are excluded.  Based on the provisions as outlined in this contract she would be entitled to all severance pay.

Molly Suzanne Stump – #177165

Current Status: Active

This member is active and may practice law in California.

See below for more details.

Profile Information

Bar Number 177165
Address Ofc City Attorney
Ste 234
1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number (415) 554-4628
Fax Number (415) 554-4763
e-mail Not Available
District District 4 Undergraduate School Pomona Coll; Claremont CA
County San Francisco Law School UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall; Berkeley CA
Sections None

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
6/14/1995 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

Disciplinary and Related Actions
This member has no public record of discipline.
Administrative Actions
This member has no public record of administrative actions.