EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CHIEF DEFENDER
Job listing: 10/1/2019
The ED / CD of the Lubbock Private Defenders Office is responsible for the hiring and supervision of all LPDO personnel, apart from the Director of Professional Development.
The ED/CD is responsible for the performance of the contract for indigent criminal defense representation with the County of Lubbock, Texas.
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience in practice of criminal law
- A license to practice law in the State of Texas or license eligibility in the State of Texas
- Experience in the delivery of indigent defense services
- Strong administrative/business experience
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to network and collaborate with others
- No disciplinary history by the Texas State Bar
Work experience in a public defender’s office or as the managing partner of a law firm or related experience. Experience with grant compliance. Previous employment with non-profit organization or government entity supervising attorneys.
The following responsibilities illustrate the primary duties for which the executive director of the LPDO is responsible, either directly or through appropriate delegation to subordinates. The duties include, but are not limited to the: Responsible for the overall and day-to day operation of the LPDO.
Responsible for ensuring performance of the terms of the contract with County of Lubbock for the provision of indigent legal defense to all persons eligible for the provision of legal services by court appointment at public expense. Acts as the functional equivalent of what would be a public defender’s office.
Prepares and presents quarterly reports of the operations of the LPDO to LPDO Board Members. Develops and presents an annual budget for the office to LPDO Board Members. Is responsible for managing the budget of the program in view of the actual and anticipated caseloads and expenses of the operation.
Prepares and presents an Annual Report and budget to the Lubbock County commissioners, as required by the provisions of the Lubbock Private Defenders Office contract with Lubbock County.
Works with the board of the LPDO to establish, review and refine policies and procedures, to address the concerns of program attorneys as they relate to the administration of indigent defense in Lubbock County, and to develop recommendations to the board of the LPDO with respect to compensation of private defender panel attorneys.
Responsible for the assignment of cases to panel attorneys, fitting the complexity and seriousness of cases to the skill levels of the assigned attorneys. May seek advice and counsel of the Director of Professional Development (DPD).
Works with LPDO Board Members and DPD to develop process for application, renewal, and advancement by panel attorneys.
Ensures compliance with appointment procedures as set forth by law and by the Board of the Lubbock Private Defenders Office.
Attend programs of training and education to maintain and enhance skills required in the practice of criminal law. The ED / CD must complete a minimum of 25 hours of CLE per year. The CLE must relate to criminal law, ethics, and/or law office management/administration.
Maintains sound relationships with other components of the criminal justice system in Lubbock county, including but not limited to: the Courts, County Government Managers and leaders, the Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies, the Probation Department, the Office of the District Attorney, county departments of Health and Human services, and the local mental health authority (Starcare). Maintains contact with other indigent defense organizations to secure and share information helpful to the operation of the Lubbock Private Defenders Office.
Participates with other criminal justice agencies in the formation and implementation of policies that affect the administration of criminal justice in Lubbock County.
Collaborates with the Director of Professional Development (DPD), investigates and responds to inquiries and comments from members of the public, clients and from members of the judiciary. Receives complaints from members of the public, clients and from members of the judiciary; evaluates the nature and number of such complaints as they relate to the quality of representation provided by program attorneys.
Ensures complaints from members of the panel, clients and from members of the Judiciary are referred to the peer-review committee.
The ED/CD, or a designee, acts as the representative of the Lubbock Private Defenders Office on various commissions, committees, and boards to enhance the role of the office in this community. The chief defender or his/her designee participates in community outreach by appearing as a speaker at various governmental, judicial and community functions to convey the mission of the LPDO and its role in the criminal justice system.
Ensures compliance with the Lubbock District Court and County Court Indigent Defense Plan on record with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
Responsible for evaluating the work of the staff of the Lubbock Private Defenders Office.
With the advice from the Director of Professional Development, is responsible for interviewing and determining which attorneys receive placement and are renewed on the attorney panel. Also responsible for determining the levels of offenses for which each attorney on the panel is qualified, including advancements of and restrictions upon the attorneys comprising the attorney panel.
Together with the DPD, evaluate the work of panel attorneys. Review, in detail and ensure vouchers submitted by panel attorneys are paid. Pay attorneys, investigators and expert witnesses in accordance with the internal control policies and procedures of the LPDO. Will give final approval on all requests for funds for expert and ancillary services made by panel attorneys.
Will notify office employees when they’ll be affected by changes to the contract with Lubbock County or to the policies and procedures of the office.
Attends meetings of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (LCDLA). Performs any other tasks that may be necessary as determined by Board Members of the Lubbock Private Defenders Office to ensure compliance with the contract with Lubbock County and requirements by the Task Force on Indigent Defense.
LPDO provides a great benefits package for employees, along with 401k contributions. Annual salary offered will be commensurate with one’s experience and abilities.
If interested, please submit your cover page and resume to Cynthia Chavez, Deputy Director, Lubbock Private Defender Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
on before close of business on October 11, 2019. Thank you for your consideration.