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ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

Office of the Federal Public Defender Western District of Texas (Del Rio)

THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, Western District of Texas, is accepting applications for the position of assistant federal public defender to be stationed in the Del Rio office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.

Requirements:
An assistant federal public defender must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school and admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state; and (2) licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Spanish-language fluency is required for this position. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including but not limited to an FBI name and fingerprint check and an IRS tax check.

Duties:
The assistant federal public defender will represent clients charged with federal criminal offenses and clients involved in other matters covered under the Criminal Justice Act. The position requires travel for investigation, litigation, and training, and may involve foreign travel. Federal public defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Selection Criteria:
The successful applicant will have an established capacity or clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for integrity. Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court and agency personnel as part of their employment. Experience in handling federal criminal cases is preferred, but not required.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary of an assistant federal public defender is commensurate with that of an assistant U.S. attorney with similar qualifications and experience. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position offers federal government employment benefits, including participation in health and life insurance program, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).

How to Apply:
Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 18-12), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with three references. Litigation experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 2205 Veterans Blvd., Suite A-2, Del Rio, Texas 78840-3141. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Victoria B. Longoria, Personnel Administrator, at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced May 17, 2018, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

paralegal

Trichter & LeGrand, P.C.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (one-hour lunch)
Days: Monday - Friday
Location: 420 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007

Overview:
Prominent criminal defense law firm, specializing in DWIs, has an immediate opening for a full-time Paralegal.

Duties / Responsibilities:
Will be responsible for the support of one attorney. Essential duties include maintaining the attorney’s calendar by docketing all hearings, meetings, and deadlines. Paralegal will take client phone calls and contact clients when necessary, help draft court and legal documents, be responsible for e-filing, and e-discovery. Duties also include processing and recording client’s payments, maintaining confidential files, processing of correspondence, copying, filing, general clerical duties, and data entry. Various supportive duties, including tasks such as preparing reports, responding to requests for information, and making travel arrangements.

Requirements:
Experience in criminal law is preferred, but not a must. Our ideal candidate will be responsible, highly organized, and detail oriented. Must have excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, proficient in Microsoft Office applications and be a team player. Must have an ability to use e-mail and preform legal research. Highly skilled candidate will be a self-motivated, quick learner who has experience typing and must be able to type at least 55 wpm for some light dictation at times. Must have knowledge of legal terminology and process.

Other Skills / Qualifications:
This position requires an impeccable work ethic that includes separation of personal and business life, must be punctual, dependable, demonstrating high attention to detail, with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Qualified candidates must be resourceful, professional, and understand the importance of confidentiality.

Benefits:
Health insurance after 30 days; eligible for 401k after 1 year, eligible for 2 weeks paid vacation and 5 personal/sick days after 1 year; salary will be based on experience with a 6-month review.

Contact:
If you’re interested in joining our team and would like to be considered, please submit your resume and salary expectations to Jessica Ingle: jessica@texasdwilaw.com.

assistant public defender

General Description
This position provides a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned felony, misdemeanor or juvenile cases in Bowie County. Assists in the daily operation of the Public Defender’s Office. Primary responsibility will be to handle the misdemeanor case load and juvenile case load. Additional responsibilities will be to assist in felony trial preparation and trials and consulting with felony clients. Ability to prepare legal documents and pleadings. Other duties assigned by the Chief Public Defender.

Educational Requirements

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent
  • Current active membership in the State Bar of Texas and in good standing with State Bar.

Salary Range
To be determined based upon experience.

Other Benefits
Paid medical insurance
Texas County and District Retirement Program
County Retirement Program
Two (2) weeks paid vacation—Three (3) weeks after ten (10) years
Ten (10) days paid sick leave
Currently 12 days paid holidays
Monthly Travel Allowance
Paid Yearly State Bar of Texas Dues and yearly Criminal Law Seminar

To submit a resume for this position, please mail resume to following address or email:

Rick C. Shumaker, Chief Public Defender
424 West Broad Street
Texarkana, Texas 75501

Email: Rick.Shumaker@txkusa.org

All replies strictly confidential.

Application will be accepted until the position is filled.

investigator

General Description
Under direction, to interview witnesses, clients and victims in the conduct of investigations; to obtain, preserve, record and analyze evidence for the defense of clients represented by the Public Defender’s Office; and to do other work as required.

The Investigator is expected to exercise a high degree of initiative and independent judgment in securing information while conducting investigations of felony and misdemeanor charges. This person could be required to be available for 24-hour on-call assignments.

Prefer prior law enforcement experience. Prefer at least three (3) years of substantial criminal investigative experience or related education, training and/or investigative experience which provides the knowledge and skill requirements.

Salary Range
To be determined based upon experience.

Other Benefits
Paid medical insurance
Texas County and District Retirement Program 
County Retirement Program 
Two (2) weeks paid vacation—Three (3) weeks after ten (10) years 
Ten (10) days paid sick leave 
Currently 12 days paid holidays 
Monthly Travel Allowance
Yearly training as required 

To submit a resume for this position, please mail resume to following address or email:

Rick C. Shumaker, Chief Public Defender
424 West Broad Street
Texarkana, Texas 75501

Email: Rick.Shumaker@txkusa.org

All replies strictly confidential.

Application will be accepted until the position is filled.

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