POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Managed Assigned Counsel Director

Location: Potter County, TX

Closing Date: Jan 7, 2022

Website:
https://www.co.potter.tx.us/page/potter.Jobs.Openings


Summary:
Potter and Armstrong Counties, located in the Panhandle of Texas, are implementing a hybrid indigent defense program that combines a Public Defender division with a Managed Assigned Counsel division. Each division will be separately managed its own Director. This brand-new program will be built from the ground up under the direction of the two Directors. Funding to support the program's implemen­tation has already been secured through the Texas Indigent Defense Commission and the two Com­missioners' Courts.

In general, the Managed Assigned Counsel (MAC) Director will oversee every aspect of the Counties' managed assigned counsel program. The MAC Director will also serve as the primary mentor to the PD/MAC's Fellowship attorneys. The Fellowship program is essentially a 1 ½ - 2-year paid, practicum for newly graduated lawyers aspiring to become criminal defense attorneys. The MAC Director will supervise the employees of the Managed Assigned Counsel division of the PD/MAC. The MAC Di­rector will work in coordination with the Director of the PD division.

The two counties have created an implementation plan for the establishment of this new office which can be found on this link: Potter/ Armstrong County Indigent Defense Plan.


Compensation:
Starting Salary: Up to $130,000.00; DOQ.

Benefits include access to a quality health insurance plan and enrollment in a defined benefit retirement plan through the Texas County and District Retirement System, www.tcdrs.org.

Annual leave for new hires includes 13 holidays and 10 vacation days. Sick leave accumulates at one day per month. After one year of service a portion of unused sick leave (up to 4 days per year) can be converted to additional vacation leave. State Bar dues, CLE classes, and memberships in the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and the Amarillo Area Bar Association will be paid by the County.

 

Qualifications:
• License to practice law in good standing in the State of Texas or immediately eligible to obtain licensure through the Texas Board of Law Examiners Admission Without Examination (AWOX) process. (Applicants not licensed to practice law in Texas must review the TBLE A WOX require­ments: https :/ Ible. texas. gov/ admission-without-examination).

• Have at a minimum, five (5) years of Criminal Law experience preferably with Non-Capital Mur­der qualifications.

• Understand the ABA Criminal Justice Standards for the Defense Function, the National Associa­tion of Public Defense Foundational Principles, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission's Guide­lines for Indigent Defense Caseloads and the Performance Guidelines for Non-Capital Criminal Defense Representation promulgated by the State Bar of Texas.

• Complete knowledge of and ability to apply federal, state, and local laws and ordinances to a wide variety of individual situations and circumstances for the preparation of cases and defense of clients before the court and/or jury.

• Supervisory or Managerial experience preferred.

 

Responsibilities:
• Ensures the functions and services of the Managed Assigned Counsel (MAC) division are provided in accordance with the requirements of State and Federal Constitutions, State and Federal Law, and State Bar of Texas ethical rules.
• Develops and implements policies and procedures for the MAC to meet the standards and guide­lines of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
• Plans, organizes, directs, and manages the day-to-day operations of the MA C's division.
• Prepares and implements a written plan of operation for the MAC as required by Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 26.047(c).
• Develops and implements a standard and consistent process of indigence determination.
• Manages the private appointed legal representation of indigent defendants in the 2-county area.
• Maintains a current roster of qualified attorneys, makes case assignments, and oversees scheduling of counsel. Monitors cases and the performance of assigned attorneys.
• Approves the use of investigators, experts and other resources required for particular cases and assigned counsel.
• Reviews, approves and processes vouchers for payment to assigned attorneys, investigators, ex­perts and other expenditures associated with particular cases.
• Monitors and maintains caseload guidelines, monitors attorney training to verify that each of the assigned counsel attorneys at a minimum, meets their CLE requirements.
• Resolves non-grievance matters between defendants, and assigned counsel and the courts, includ­ing administratively reassigning counsel when appropriate.
• Supervises the Fellowship Program ensuring that the participating Fellow attorneys are guided down a 1 ½ - 2-year path of development to becoming competent criminal defense attorneys.
• Responsible for the selection, training, evaluation, promotion and termination of MAC staff.
• Supervises planning, development, production of statistical reports and assists with the preparation and monitoring of annual budget.
• Develops and maintains good working relationships with the judges of assigned courts while con­tinuing to act as a vigorous advocate for the rights of clients being represented.
• Makes presentations to social and civic groups, incarcerated persons, and other organizations to publicize, promote, and explain the public defender program.
• Represents the MAC office in appropriate public and professional meetings and conferences, in interactions with state and municipal officials, County and State bar associations, and citizen groups.
• Staffs and helps to facilitate the conduct of the quarterly meetings of the Potter/Armstrong County PD/MAC Oversight Board.
• Prepares reports and makes presentations as requested to the Potter and/or Armstrong County Com­missioner's Court.
• This position is full time and therefore the appointee cannot engage in the private practice of law.


Supervises:
• 3 - 5 Fellowship Attorneys
• A MAC Manager ( or controller)
• Support Staff Person
• Mental Health/Social Services Coordinator
• Contracted Investigators

 

Reports To:
This position will be employed by Potter County but reports to the Potter/ Armstrong County PD/MAC Oversight Board, a non-partisan body created by the Commissioners' Courts to independently oversee and govern the operations of the Potter/ Armstrong County PD/MAC. Among the authorities granted the Board by the Courts is the hiring/firing of the PD/MA C's Directors.

 

Application:
Interested candidates should submit 1) a completed copy of the Potter County Employment Application form; 2) a letter of interest based on your read of the counties' plan (plan link in the Job Description section above) describing how you would approach the establishment of this new office; 3) a resume; 4) a writing sample and, 5) references to: Judge John Board, Chairman; Potter/ Armstrong PD/MAC Oversight Board; 900 S. Polk Street, Suite 200, Amarillo, TX 79101. DO NOT mail to this address.

The application information should be sent to Judge Board, in care of John Kiehl with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission at jkiehl@theprpc.org. Questions can be directed to John Kiehl at (806) 372-3381.

Applications will be accepted through 3:00 p.m. (CDT) on Friday January 7, 2022.

A background investigation of each applicant, including review of any criminal history information, may be conducted. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified and will need to travel to Amarillo for the interview. Interview expenses cannot be reimbursed.

 

"POTTER COUNTY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORGIN, SEX, RELIGION, AGE OR DISABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SERVICES"

 

For more information about Potter County and Amarillo

check out our video tour on our home page

www.co.potter.tx.us

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Public Defender Director

Location: Potter County, TX

Closing Date: Jan 7, 2022

 

Website:
https://www.co.potter.tx.us/page/potter.Jobs.Openings

 

Summary:
Potter and Armstrong Counties, located in the Panhandle of Texas, are implementing a hybrid indigent defense program that combines a Public Defender division with a Managed Assigned Counsel division. Each division will be separately managed by its own Director. This new program will be built from the ground up under the direction of the two Directors. Funding to support the program's implemen­tation has already been procured through the Texas Indigent Defense Commission and the two County Commissioners' Courts.

In general, the Public Defender Director will facilitate the provision of legal defense to clients needing publicly-assisted representation in cases (primarily, felony cases) accepted by the Public Defender di­vision. The PD Director will oversee the Public Defender division of the PD/MAC. The PD Director will work in coordination with the Director of the MAC division.

The two counties have created an implementation plan for the establishment of this new office which can be found at: Potter/Armstrong County Indigent Defense Plan.

 

Compensation:
Starting Salary: Up to $130,000.00; DOQ.

Benefits include access to a quality health insurance plan and enrollment in a defined benefit retirement plan through the Texas County and District Retirement System, www.tcdrs.org.

Annual leave for new hires includes 13 holidays and 10 vacation days. Sick leave accumulates at one day per month. After one year of service a portion of unused sick leave (up to 4 days per year) can be converted to additional vacation leave. State Bar dues, CLE classes, and memberships in the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and the Amarillo Area Bar Association will also be paid by the County.

 

Qualifications:

• License to practice law in good standing in the State of Texas or immediately eligible to obtain licensure through the Texas Board of Law Examiners Admission Without Examination (AWOX) process. (Applicants not licensed to practice law in Texas must review the TBLE A WOX require­ments: https://ble.texas.gov/admission-without-examination).

• Have at a minimum, five (5) years of Criminal Law experience preferably with Non-Capital Mur­der qualifications.

• Understand the ABA Criminal Justice Standards for the Defense Function, the National Associa­tion of Public Defense Foundational Principles, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission's Guide­lines for Indigent Defense Caseloads and the Performance Guidelines for Non-Capital Criminal Defense Representation promulgated by the State Bar of Texas.

• Complete knowledge of and ability to apply federal, state, and local laws and ordinances to a wide variety of individual situations and circumstances for the preparation of cases and defense of clients before the court and/or jury.

• Supervisory or Managerial experience preferred.

 

Responsibilities:

• Ensures the functions and services of the Public Defender division are provided in accordance with the requirements of State and Federal Constitutions, State and Federal Law, and State Bar of Texas ethical rules.

• Develops and implements policies and procedures for the PD to meet the standards and guidelines of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.

• Plans, organizes, directs, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Public Defender Division.

• May participate in a limited number of felony trials of all degrees as a lead attorney in both jury and non-jury matters.

• Supervises planning, development, production of statistical reports and assists with the preparation and monitoring of annual budget.

• Develops and maintains good working relationships with the judges of assigned courts while con­tinuing to act as a vigorous advocate for the rights of clients being represented

• Directs and controls the organization, staffing, administration and evaluation of all authorized ac­tivities of the Public Defender's Office.

• Supervises the work of Assistant Public Defenders.

• Responsible for the selection, training, evaluation, promotion and termination of attorneys and other PD staff.

• Monitors and maintains caseload guidelines, monitors attorney training and ensures that each of the Assistant Public Defenders on staff at a minimum, meet their MCLE requirements.

• Insures there are no conflicts of interest and coordinates with the MAC Director and/or the courts in the event of multiple-party defendant cases.

• Makes presentations to social and civic groups, incarcerated persons, and other organizations to publicize, promote, and explain the public defender program.

• Represents the Public Defender division in appropriate public and professional meetings and con­ferences, in interactions with state and municipal officials, County and State bar associations, and citizen groups.

• Staffs and facilitates the conduct of the quarterly meetings of the Potter/ Armstrong County PD/MAC Oversight Board.

• Prepares reports and makes presentations as requested to the Potter and/or Armstrong County Com­missioner's Court.

• May assist the MAC Director with the mentoring of the Fellowship attorney during different phases of their progression.

• This position is full time and therefore the appointee cannot engage in the private practice of law.


Supervises:
• 3 - 5 Assistant Public Defenders
• Support Staff Person
• Mental Health/Social Services Coordinator
• Contracted Investigators

 

Reports To:
This position will be employed by Potter County but reports to the Potter/ Armstrong County PD/MAC Oversight Board, a non-partisan body created by the Commissioners' Courts to independently oversee and govern the operations of the Potter/Armstrong County PD/MAC. Among the authorities granted the Board by the Courts is the hiring/firing of the PD/MAC's Directors.


Application:
Interested candidates should submit I) a completed copy of the Potter County Employment Application form; 2) a letter of interest based on your read of the counties' plan (plan link in the Job Description section above) describing how you would approach the establishment of this new office; 3) a resume; 4) a writing sample and, 5) references to:Judge John Board, Chairman; Potter/ Armstrong PD/MAC Oversight Board; 900 S. Polk Street, Suite 200, Amarillo, TX 79101. DO NOT mail to this address.

The application information should be sent to Judge Board, in care of John Kiehl with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission at jkiehl@theprpc.org. Questions can be directed to John Kiehl at (806) 372-3381.

Applications will be accepted through 3:00 p.m. (CDT) on Friday January 7, 2022.

A background investigation of each applicant, including review of any criminal history information, may be conducted. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified and will need to travel to Amarillo for the interview. Interview expenses cannot be reimbursed.


"POTTER COUNTY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORGIN, SEX, RELIGION, AGE OR DISABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SERVICES".

For more information about Potter County and Amarillo

check out our video tour on our home page

www.co.potter.tx.us

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Assistant PD
Location: Bowie County

 
Specific Responsibilities:

Represent indigent clients in court as assigned in Bowie County in felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases. 
Evaluates, investigates and offers legal advice in assigned cases, providing analysis of pending charges and defenses. 
Represents indigent clients in plea offers and negotiations, jury trials, trials before the court, contested matters before the court and dismissals. 
Interviews clients and potential witnesses and discusses the facts and applicable law with clients. 
Conducts legal research, drafts legal documents and interprets laws, rules and regulations.
Reviews evidence, inspects crime scenes and prepares investigative requests. 
Documents client files, prepares trial notebooks as required and maintains statistical information regarding caseload and dispositions. 
Assists other public defenders as needed.  

 

Educational Requirements:
Juris Doctorate or equivalent
Current active membership in the State Bar of Texas

Salary:
To be determined based on experience. 

 

Other Benefits:
Paid Medical Insurance
Texas County and District Retirement Program
Paid vacation, sick leave and county holidays
Monthly travel allowance
Paid yearly state bar of Texas dues and yearly criminal law seminar

 

To Apply:
To submit a resume for this position, please mail resume to the following address: 

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

Email: Rick.Shumaker@txkusa.org

All replies strictly 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Executive Director, Texas Defender Service

Location: Austin/Houston

 

 

Summary:
Texas Defender Service (TDS), the Lonestar State’s flagship criminal justice litigation and policy non-profit, is seeking an Executive Director. Founded in 1995, TDS’s initial mission was to improve the quality of representation in capital cases across the state and ensure that all those facing a death sentence are treated with dignity and receive quality representation. Throughout its duration, TDS has functioned as a vital safety net, watchdog, and agent for reform. Lawyers and mitigation specialists at the agency have represented clients in some of the most important cases across the state, including Scott Panetti and Duane Buck. TDS has also played an active role at the capitol, pushing for critical legislative changes in the provision of indigent representation and forensic science. 

 This past year, TDS underwent a strategic planning process and will now expand its mission to attack the excessive sentences that are pervasive across Texas, using the tools that are its bread and butter: litigation, policy, and storytelling. It is, therefore, an especially exciting time to take the reins of this organization. The new ED will play a vital role in continuing the organization’s capital work while expanding the agency’s work to attack the harsh laws that keep people in prison long after they pose any risk to community safety.  

 TDS has offices in Houston and Austin. The Executive Director can be located in either office. The Executive Director reports to a Board of Directors.  

 

Qualifications:
• Experience in criminal justice reform  and a commitment to ending mass incarceration;
• Experience in and demonstrated aptitude for supervising and managing staff;
• Proven fundraising and financial management experience;
• Demonstrated ability to write and communicate persuasively;
• Familiarity with criminal justice policy work;
• Ability to connect TDS to partners across the state and country;
• Prior experience in indigent client representation in criminal cases;
• Prior experience in capital representation.

 

Specific Responsibilities:
The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring that TDS continues and expands its mission and remains a dynamic force in the Texas and national criminal justice reform communities. The Executive Director is expected to manage the various facets of TDS’s work in support of its mission—direct representation, trial consulting, training, and policy work. The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising for the organization, overseeing its long-term health and growth, and being the public face of TDS.  

 

Application:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and interviews will begin immediately. Interested persons are invited to send a cover letter and resume to: Jessica Brand (Jessica.Brand@wrencollective.com). TDS welcomes applications from individuals whose background and experience contribute to the diversity of the organization. A JD is preferred but not required.  

 

Website: www.texasdefender.org


Address
 
Austin office - 1023 Springdale Road Suite 14E Austin, Texas 78721  [v] 512.320.8300 [f ] 512.477.2153
 
Houston office - 1927 Blodgett St. Houston, Texas 77004 [v] 713.222.7788 [f ] 713.222.0260

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Supervising Attorney – NDS Texas
Location: San Antonio
Closing Date: Nov 18

 

Websitewww.neighborhooddefender.org.

 

Summary:
THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE is creating NDS Texas, a new client-centered, holistic public defense office to address the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border by providing criminal defense representation and Padilla consultations to individuals arrested by Texas law enforcement along that border. 

NDS will represent non-citizen clients who are charged with crimes and who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients will be represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, client advocates, and team administrators. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes. NDS is committed to addressing the comprehensive legal needs of clients. NDS Texas is funded by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.

Most positions, including the Supervising Attorney, will be based in San Antonio. Periodic travel to border counties will be required, but most legal proceedings will initially occur via Zoom. NDS expects to operate a satellite office in one of the border counties.

 

Compensation:
Compensation is commensurate with experience and is in adherence to the NDS compensation scale. Exceptional benefits package includes full medical and dental for employee and family, retirement, life and AD&D insurance, paid vacation, holiday, and sick time. 


Qualifications: 
The ideal candidate will bring:
1. 
A demonstrated commitment to criminal and immigration justice, indigent defense, racial equity, social justice issues, and a substantive understanding of the biases impacting our clients.
2. 
A demonstrated commitment to holistic defense and a client-centered approach to representation.
3. 
An ability to quickly build relationships with people of varying identities, income levels, races, and ethnicities.
4. 
Previous experience training, supervising, teaching, or mentoring attorneys or legal interns.
5. 
At least seven years of experience representing clients in criminal cases.
6. 
Experience representing clients in criminal cases and litigating criminal cases at hearing and trial, including as lead counsel in at least five jury trials and five suppression hearings.
7. 
Experience working with and challenging expert witnesses in litigation. 
8. 
Active listening skills and ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
9. 
A high level of organizational and administrative skills to handle a high caseload.
10. 
Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
11. 
An ability to work cooperatively in a team setting.
12. 
A license to practice law in Texas or in another state; and/or the capability of becoming licensed to practice law in the State of Texas within six months. Attorneys admitted to the Texas Bar with experience in criminal courts of Texas are strongly encouraged to apply.


Responsibilities:
1. Embrace NDS’ philosophy of client-centered, community-based, holistic representation and commitment to excellence.
2. 
Oversee teams charged with representing clients accused of crimes.
3. 
Train, supervise, and mentor staff, and coordinate the work of two teams made up of Senior Trial Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Padilla Attorney, Social Workers, Client Advocate, Investigators, and Team Administrators.
4. 
Provide vigorous direct holistic representation to clients in a limited number of cases.
5. 
Ensure collaboration among all team members to obtain meaningful, comprehensive legal outcomes for clients.
6. 
Handle oversight responsibilities as the supervisory staff member for NDS Texas. It is anticipated that NDS Texas will have an initial staff of 18 individuals.


How to Apply:
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to texashiring@neighborhooddefender.org with the subject line, “Texas Supervising Attorney.” Please send your application as a one-document attachment, preferably PDF. 
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For highest priority consideration, submit by November 18. 
For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.neighborhooddefender.org

 

The Neighborhood Defender Service is committed to creating a diverse environment that reflects the community we serve. NDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. NDS values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender fluid people.

 

Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Immigration Attorney – Criminal Defense,  NDS Texas
Location: San Antonio
Closing Date: Nov 18

 

Websitewww.neighborhooddefender.org.

Summary:
THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE is creating NDS Texas, a new client-centered, holistic public defense office to address the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border by providing criminal defense representation and Padilla consultations to individuals arrested by Texas law enforcement along that border. 

NDS will represent non-citizen clients who are charged with crimes and who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients will be represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, client advocates, and team administrators. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes. NDS is committed to addressing the comprehensive legal needs of clients. NDS Texas is funded by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.

Most positions, including the Senior Trial Attorneys, will be based in San Antonio. Periodic travel to border counties will be required, but most legal proceedings will initially occur via Zoom. NDS expects to operate a satellite office in one of the border counties.


Compensation:
Compensation is commensurate with experience and is in adherence to the NDS compensation scale. Exceptional benefits package includes full medical and dental for employee and family, retirement, life and AD&D insurance, paid vacation, holiday, and sick time. 

 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will bring:
1. 
A demonstrated commitment to criminal and immigration justice, indigent defense, racial equity, social justice issues, and a substantive understanding of the biases impacting our clients.
2. 
An ability to quickly build relationships with people of varying identities, income levels, races, and ethnicities.
3. 
Experience representing clients in immigration proceedings and knowledge of immigration procedure.
4. 
A track record of strategically guiding casework, projects, and/or relationships; applying good and practiced judgment; and routinely pushing through roadblocks to achieve goals.
5. 
A high level of organizational and administrative skills to handle a high caseload.
6. 
Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
7. 
An ability to work cooperatively in a team setting.
8. 
A license to practice law in Texas or in another state; and/or the capability of becoming licensed to practice law in the State of Texas or another state within six months. Attorneys admitted to the Texas Bar with experience in immigration court are strongly encouraged to apply.
9. 
Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Spanish language fluency is strongly preferred

 

Responsibilities:
1. Embrace NDS’ philosophy of client-centered, community-based, holistic representation and commitment to excellence.
2.
Provide vigorous representation with energy and enthusiasm to clients.
3.
Advise non-citizen clients regarding the full range of immigration consequences associated with contacts with the criminal legal system and consult with the criminal defense attorneys to mitigate potential immigration consequences.
4. 
Interview clients and their families, conduct legal research, and write pre-pleading letters, motions, and pre-sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients.
5. 
Coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, client advocate, team administrators, and interns). 
6. 
Work with criminal defense attorneys to obtain meaningful, comprehensive legal outcomes for clients. 
7. 
File motions, briefs, and other related documents on a frequent and timely basis.
8. 
Provide effective oral advocacy in negotiations and arguments in criminal cases. 
9. 
Be responsive to and communicate clearly with clients who are often under great stress.

 

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to texashiring@neighborhooddefender.org with the subject line, “Texas Immigration Attorney.” Please send your application as a one-document attachment, preferably PDF. 

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For highest priority consideration, submit by November 18. 

For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.neighborhooddefender.org

The Neighborhood Defender Service is committed to creating a diverse environment that reflects the community we serve. NDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. NDS values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender fluid people.

Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Staff Attorney – Criminal Defense,  NDS Texas
Location: San Antonio
Closing Date: Nov 18

 

Websitewww.neighborhooddefender.org.

Summary:
THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE is creating NDS Texas, a new client-centered, holistic public defense office to address the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border by providing criminal defense representation and Padilla consultations to individuals arrested by Texas law enforcement along that border. NDS is hiring two Senior Trial Attorneys for NDS Texas and is currently accepting applications. 

NDS will represent non-citizen clients who are charged with crimes and who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients will be represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, client advocates, and team administrators. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes. NDS is committed to addressing the comprehensive legal needs of clients. NDS Texas is funded by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.

Most positions, including the Senior Trial Attorneys, will be based in San Antonio. Periodic travel to border counties will be required, but most legal proceedings will initially occur via Zoom. NDS expects to operate a satellite office in one of the border counties.

 

Compensation:
Compensation is commensurate with experience and is in adherence to the NDS compensation scale. Exceptional benefits package includes full medical and dental for employee and family, retirement, life and AD&D insurance, paid vacation, holiday, and sick time. 

 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will bring:
1. A demonstrated commitment to criminal justice, indigent defense, racial equity, and social justice issues, and a substantive understanding of the biases impacting our clients.
2. An ability to quickly build relationships with people of varying identities, income levels, races, and ethnicities.
3. Experience representing clients in criminal cases and knowledge of criminal procedure from arraignments to trial and sentencing. Candidates with jury trial experience are encouraged to apply.
4. A track record of strategically guiding casework, projects, and/or relationships; applying good and practiced judgment; and routinely pushing through roadblocks to achieve goals.
5. A high level of organizational and administrative skills to handle a high caseload.
6. Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
7. An ability to work cooperatively in a team setting.
8. A license to practice law in Texas or in another state; and/or the capability of becoming licensed to practice law in the State of Texas within six months. Attorneys admitted to the Texas Bar with experience in criminal courts of Texas are strongly encouraged to apply.
9. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Spanish language fluency is strongly preferred.



Responsibilities:
1.Embrace NDS’ philosophy of client-centered, community-based, holistic representation and commitment to excellence.
2. 
Provide vigorous representation with energy and enthusiasm to clients.
3. 
Appear in all court proceedings for each client through the conclusion of their case.
4. 
Interview clients and their families, conduct legal research, and write pre-pleading letters, motions, and pre-sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients.
5. 
Coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, client advocates, team administrators, and interns). 
6. 
Work with cross-practice colleagues (immigration defense) to obtain meaningful, comprehensive legal outcomes for clients.
7. 
File motions, briefs, and other related documents on a frequent and timely basis.
8. 
Provide effective oral advocacy in negotiations and arguments in criminal cases.  
9. 
Be responsive to and communicate clearly with clients who are often under great stress.

 

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to texashiring@neighborhooddefender.org with the subject line, “Texas Staff Attorney.” Please send your application as a one-document attachment, preferably PDF. 
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For highest priority consideration, submit by November 18. 
For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.neighborhooddefender.org

 

The Neighborhood Defender Service is committed to creating a diverse environment that reflects the community we serve. NDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. NDS values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender fluid people.

 

Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Senior Trial Attorney – Criminal Defense,  NDS Texas
Location: San Antonio
Closing Date: Nov 18

 

Websitewww.neighborhooddefender.org.

Summary:
THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE is creating NDS Texas, a new client-centered, holistic public defense office to address the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border by providing criminal defense representation and Padilla consultations to individuals arrested by Texas law enforcement along that border. NDS is hiring two Senior Trial Attorneys for NDS Texas and is currently accepting applications. 

NDS will represent non-citizen clients who are charged with crimes and who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Clients will be represented by teams composed of lawyers, investigators, social workers, client advocates, and team administrators. NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes. NDS is committed to addressing the comprehensive legal needs of clients. NDS Texas is funded by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.

Most positions, including the Senior Trial Attorneys, will be based in San Antonio. Periodic travel to border counties will be required, but most legal proceedings will initially occur via Zoom. NDS expects to operate a satellite office in one of the border counties.


Compensation:
Compensation is commensurate with experience and is in adherence to the NDS compensation scale. Exceptional benefits package includes full medical and dental for employee and family, retirement, life and AD&D insurance, paid vacation, holiday, and sick time. 

Experience & Education:
1. A demonstrated commitment to criminal justice, indigent defense, racial equity, and social justice issues, and a substantive understanding of the biases impacting our clients.
2. An ability to quickly build relationships with people of varying identities, income levels, races, and ethnicities.
3. At least five years of experience representing clients in criminal cases.
4. Experience working with and challenging expert witnesses in litigation. 
5. A track record of strategically guiding casework, projects, and/or relationships; applying good and practiced judgment; and routinely pushing through roadblocks to achieve goals.
6. A high level of organizational and administrative skills to handle a high caseload.
7. Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
8. An ability to work cooperatively in a team setting.
9. A license to practice law in Texas or in another state; and/or the capability of becoming licensed to practice law in the State of Texas within six months. Attorneys admitted to the Texas Bar with experience in criminal courts of Texas are strongly encouraged to apply.
10.Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Spanish language fluency is strongly preferred.


Responsibilities:
1.Embrace NDS’ philosophy of client-centered, community-based, holistic representation and commitment to excellence.
2. 
Support the Supervising Attorney’s oversight of the defense team by helping train, supervise, and mentor Staff Attorneys and non-legal staff.
3. 
Provide vigorous representation with energy and enthusiasm to clients.
4. 
Appear in all court proceedings for each client through the conclusion of their case.
5. 
Interview clients and their families, conduct legal research, and write pre-pleading letters, motions, and pre-sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients.
6. 
Coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, client advocate, team administrators, and interns). 
7. 
Work with cross-practice colleagues (immigration defense) to obtain meaningful, comprehensive legal outcomes for clients.
8. 
File motions, briefs, and other related documents on a frequent and timely basis.
9. 
Provide effective oral advocacy in negotiations and arguments in criminal cases. 
10. 
Be responsive to and communicate clearly with clients who are often under great stress.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to texashiring@neighborhooddefender.orgwith the subject line, “Texas Senior Trial Attorney.” Please send your application as a one document attachment, preferably PDF. 
Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled. For highest priority consideration, submit by November 18. 
For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.neighborhooddefender.org

 

The Neighborhood Defender Service is committed to creating a diverse environment that reflects the community we serve. NDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. NDS values and specifically seeks applicants who are people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender fluid people.

 

Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Senior Trial Attorney (Grant funded Immigration Law)
Dept: Public Defender
Location: El Paso
Salary: $76,234.17/year
Closing Date: Continuous

 Phone: (915) 546-2218
Website: http://www.epcounty.com/jobs
Address: 500 E. Overland Ave., El Paso, Texas, 79901

 Summary:
The Immigration Law Specialist Attorney under general supervision, advises and trains Public Defender (PD) staff attorneys and court-appointed attorneys on immigration consequences of criminal cases as well as provides litigation support on issues involving the interaction between immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system. 

This is the second in a series of three non-supervisory attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family.

 Experience & Education:
Doctor of Jurisprudence and a minimum of three (3) years of criminal and/or civil experience; Prior experience in either criminal or immigration law is required. Experience in the interplay between criminal and immigration law is strongly preferred.
Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities along with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

 Certificates & Licenses Required:

Must have and maintain a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.  
Admitted to practice in the United States Immigration Courts.  

 Depending on area assigned: Must have or obtain by date of hire a valid driver's license applicable to job responsibilities, with a driving record acceptable to the County of El Paso.


Typical Duties:
Advise clients about potential immigration consequences prior to resolution of their cases;
Provides immigration advice and support on individual cases to P.D. staff attorneys;
Develops and lectures at training programs for PD staff attorneys and private court-appointed attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal cases; 
Drafts written training materials and practice advisories on relevant immigration law;
Provides litigation support to Public Defenders Office staff attorneys and indigent clients on post-conviction motions filed to minimize adverse immigration consequences;
Litigates cases on behalf of indigent clients in cases that involve the impact of Texas criminal convictions on immigration status and the role of the state criminal justice system in the enforcement of immigration law;
Frequent handling of confidential legal information and documents;
Attends and participates in meetings, training and information sessions; 
Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field;
Commits self to providing excellent customer service and demonstrate commitment through cooperative team and individual efforts; and
Creates a high quality work culture through participation in and emphasis on training and mentoring to develop leadership, management, and technical skills in self and all employees, including safety related training and skills.

 
As assigned:
Reviews case facts for legal sufficiency, drafts motion statements and prepares required legal documents;
Researches statutes and case law issues and revises legal documents to reflect new legislation;
Examines video, file and physical case evidence;
Confers with attorneys regarding case information and pleadings, law enforcement agencies regarding case investigation and trial preparation, and witnesses regarding case preparation and testimony;
Edits legal documents prepared by support staff;
Responsible for litigating routine to complex hearings, trials and appeals;
Prepares and presents oral arguments for routine to complex cases;
Represents all indigent persons charged with serious crimes in the County, including capital murder, murder, and manslaughter;
Defends individuals charged with felonies for which a sentence of incarceration may be imposed;
Provides effective representation to clients while managing a large and complex caseload;
May concentrate in representing specific types of most complex and high profile cases such as family, juvenile, indigent, mental health etc.;
Works closely with community agencies to match needs of clients with resources, programs, and assistance;
Handles arraignment court and bond court;
Meets with clients when arrested and obtains their history to make bond arguments to the court;
Maintains working relationship with clients in person, by phone and by mail contact;
May be called to represent individuals at investigative proceedings; may be assigned to handle cases involving post-conviction or appellate relief;
Interviews and counsels respondents in mental health proceedings in Local or State treatment units where they may be confined and works closely with psychiatrists and other medical or treatment personnel;
Maintains extensive contact with various State legal offices, social service agencies, Correctional facilities staff, police, forensic authorities, crime labs, and pathologists;
Maintains frequent contact with the Department of Family and Protective Services, Department of State Health and agencies regarding the referral of clients for drug treatment, family counseling and other assistance;
Investigates alleged crime or offense by meeting with witnesses, police officers and reviewing the facts;
Meets with the client to discuss the appropriate action to be taken and whether pre-trial motions should be filed;
Establishes close contact with defendants by regular visits to the Correctional facilities or by constant correspondence via personal visits to the Public Defender's Office, phone contact or by letters to defendants not in custody;
Performs as trial counsel by representing defendants during courtroom proceeding;
Researches case law, communicates with defendant to determine trial strategy such as cross-examination procedures, witness selection, jury selection, testimony decisions and opening and closing arguments;
Acts as negotiator between the defendant and the State's Attorney's Office to secure acquittals or reach agreement concerning sentence time which would be the most beneficial for the defendant and the State's Attorney's Office;
Researches case law and witness testimony, conducts investigations and negotiates with the State's Attorney's Office;
Analyzes facts, evidence and the strength of case, determines client's wishes and meets with prosecutor to resolve the matter short of trial;Represents defendants during other court proceedings;
Prepares pre-trial motions such as Answer to Discovery, Motions to Suppress Evidence, Motions to Dismiss and Motions to Additional Discovery, which are required to be filed and a hearing set to ensure that they are carried out properly; and
Prepares post-trial matters such as motions to withdraw pleas, motions to reconsider sentence and post-conviction petitions.


Other Important Duties*:
Performs such other related duties as may be assigned
May work extended hours and weekends; 
Regular out of town travel for professional conferences and meetings;
Maintains a safe and healthy work place environment; 
As members of the County of El Paso Emergency Response System, all El Paso County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers during a proclaimed emergency and may be required to train on emergency response and/or perform certain emergency services at the direction of their supervisor.


Contact Information:
Phone: (915) 546-2218
Website: http://www.epcounty.com/jobs
Address: 500 E. Overland Ave., El Paso, Texas, 79901

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/elpasocounty?department[0]=Public%20Defender&sort=PostingDate%7CDescending

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Job Title: Assistant Public Defender at Far West Texas Regional
Location: Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, and Presidio Counties
Salary: $67,500/year
Start Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Summary:
The Far West Texas Regional Public Defender is seeking an Assistant Public Defender, to represent those too poor to hire legal counsel in Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth and Presidio Counties, Texas. The office is in Alpine, the gateway to Big Bend Country. Applicants must be willing to relocate to reside within the region. Compensation includes salary of $67,500 per year, plus benefits including health insurance. The anticipated start date is February 1, 2022.

This position provides a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned courts. Primary responsibility to handle the misdemeanor case load, some felonies, and most bond issues. Additional responsibilities will be assisting in felony trial preparation and trials and consulting with felony complainants and witnesses. May include some appellate work. The office works in a team-based approach, which provides for this person intensive mentoring and significant experience with the full range of cases handled by the office.

Law grads, those studying for the bar exam, and those awaiting bar results will be considered. Applications to be considered on a rolling basis.


Minimum Qualifications:
• Acceptable Experience & Education
• Doctor of Jurisprudence


Certificates & Licenses Required:
Must have and maintain a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Law grads, those studying for the bar exam, and those awaiting bar results will be considered. Must have or obtain by date of hire a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


Application
Interested persons may submit a resume and letter of interest by email to James McDermott, Chief Public Defender,james@farwesttxrpd.org

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Job Title: Policy Analyst (Agency Title)
                 
Program Specialist IV-VI (State Job Title)
Location: TIDC, Austin, TX
Job Type: Full Time
FLSA: Exempt


Summary:
As a TIDC policy analyst, you are part of a team that improves Texas public defense through court observation, interviews, record review, investigation, and writing. When you find problems with a public defense system, you recommend changes and work with judges, lawyers, court personnel, and county officials to create better public defense systems and comply with the Fair Defense Act.
In addition to these core duties, policy analysts have some flexibility to work on other TIDC projects, including presentations, publications, public defender office planning, and more.
Program Specialist IV (Policy Analyst): You provide highly complex (senior-level) assistance to staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. You work under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. You may train others.
Program Specialist V and VI (Senior Policy Analyst): You perform advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. Work involves planning, developing, and implementing a major agency program and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. You will work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. You will interpret laws and lead policy monitoring report drafting.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Specialist IV (Policy Analyst) -
• Conducting court observations, interviews, and record reviews to investigate county public defense systems
• Assessing counties’ compliance with state laws
• Writing policy monitoring reports
• Providing technical assistance to counties to promote compliance with the Fair Defense Act
• Training attorneys, judges, and court personnel on public defense best practices
• Performing other tasks to monitor or improve Texas public defense

Additional job functions for Program Specialist V or VI (Senior Policy Analyst):
• Leading court observations, interviews, and record reviews to investigate county public defense systems
• Consulting with high-level county officials
• Working on or leading other major TIDC policy initiatives

Minimum Qualifications:
Program Specialist IV (Policy Analyst):
• Bachelor’s degree
• Two years of graduate studies in law, public policy, or related field • Superior written and oral communications skills
• Skill in using Microsoft Office applications
• Strong desire to improve Texas public defense

Additional minimum qualifications for Program Specialist V-VI (Senior Policy Analyst):
• Experience in public defense representation or policy
• Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws relating to public defense • Skill in conducting legal research

Preferred Qualifications:
• Juris Doctor
• Demonstrated leadership skills

Employment Conditions:
• Regular attendance required.
• Must sit for extended periods of time.
• Performs repetitivetorneys, judg motion data entry.
• Operate office equipment and computer systems.

Note: The following Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of military experience applicable to the position to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 59A, 30, OS, 641X, 0205, 0640, 86MO Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_ProgramManagement.pdf


To Apply:
All applications for employment with the Office of Court Administration must be submitted electronically through www.WorkinTexas.com. Applications must be complete, including start and end dates of work experiences. Following a screening of applications, interviews of qualified applicants who have submitted a completed state application will be scheduled. An applicant’s response to the question regarding Former Foster Youth on the state application is optional if you are applying for employment with the Office of Court Administration. The Office of Court Administration is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in employment or in the provision of services. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any request for reasonable accommodations needed during the application process should be communicated to Human Resources. 1-800-RELAY TX (for hearing impaired). The Office of Court Administration participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration, and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: MANAGED ASSIGNED COUNSEL (MAC) DIRECTOR
Location: Bexar County
Grade: 
EX - 01
Job Type: Full-Time, Regular
Department: Criminal District Court
FLSA: Exempt
Civil Service Status: 
Excluded

Summary:
• The position will develop and oversee all Managed Assigned Counsel (MAC) operations, including the budget, staffing, approve attorneys to be on appointment lists, training, and voucher approval and processing. The MAC Director will ensure quality, client-centered representation for persons accused of a crime in Bexar County.


Duties and Responsibilities:
• Will prepare a written plan of operation as required by Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 26.047(c), and direct the administrative and operation functions of the office consistent with the stated goals of the Office of Managed Assigned Counsel
• Establishes policies and procedures relating to the administration of indigent defense in conjunction with the Advisory Committee and develops recommendations for the committee
• Provides guidance, mentoring and strategic advice to assigned counsel; manages administrative functions of the office including budgeting, human resources, purchasing and resource planning; will have fiscal and administrative duties in the management of the Office ofManaged Assigned Counsel
• Facilitates the development, training and education of assigned counsel by providing Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) program, implementing a training curriculum consistent with current trial and investigative techniques including ethics related to criminal law, and establishing a mentoring program
• Oversees the private appointed legal representation of indigent defendants in Bexar County; works closely with elected officials and policy-making entities in accomplishing the objective of the Office of Managed Assigned Counsel
• Will represent the office before Commissioners Court, the Judiciary, stakeholder meetings, and the public
• Represents the office on various committees, work groups, and participate in community outreach at various governmental, judicial and community functions
• Prepares and Presents an annual report on the operation of the office to Bexar County Commissioners; the Director also prepares and presents quarterly operational and monthly financial reports on the expenditures of the indigent resources to the Advisory Committee
• Maintains the following: expert database, witness/officer files, motion and brief banks, legal research file, CLE materials and performance measures for the Office of Managed Assigned Counsel
• Responds to inquiries and complaints and investigates such complaints
• Researches and reviews legislative updates and legal opinions, and adapts existing policies and procedures to address legislative changes
• 
Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and five (5) years operational or administrative experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Must have at least ten (10) years of experience in the area of criminal law includingmisdemeanor, felony and/or federal cases. Practice must be in the area of criminal defense
• Must be a member of the State Bar of Texas in good standing
• Must be licensed by the State of Texas to practice law
• Must have experience in drafting trial motions and memorandums of law
• Must have managerial, budget and administrative experience. (to include running his/her ownpractice)
• Must have some experience in the hiring of experts 
• Must have some knowledge and experience in forensics
• Must have taken court appointments in criminal law matters
• Must have a strong background in indigent and holistic defense
• Strong leadership skills; skill in supervising professional and clerical employees; skill in managing multiple projects simultaneously; skill in communicating effectively with diverse groups of individuals utilizing tact and diplomacy; skill in preparing and administering budgets
• Ability to adjust to rapidly fluctuating situations; ability to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, County employees, Department Heads, Elected/Appointed Officials, outside organizations, attorneys, the news media and the public
• Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation and clearance
• 
Must clear a pre-employment physical and a pre-employment drug screen test

Working Environment and Physical Demands:
• Working conditions are in an office environment
• Occasionally moves items weighing up to 10 pounds 
• Occasionally move about the office
• Frequently communicates with others; must be able to exchange accurate information
• Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery
• Positions self to perform essential functions
• Must be able to remain in a stationary position

Individual Office/Department Conditions:
• Tasks and special requirements unique to an individual office or department may be addressed through a separate list of detailed specifications prepared by that office/department and subject to approval by Human Resources and the Civil Service Commission.  Office/department specifications may not be more complex nor at a higher level of responsibility than any of those contained in this position description.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Candidates whose disabilities make them unable to meet these requirements will still be considered qualified if they can perform the Essential Functions of the job with reasonable accommodation.

Office / Department:
Managed Assigned Counsel Program

Civil Service or Sheriff’s Civil Service Approval Date:
N/A

Commissioners Court or County Manager Approval Date:
June 1, 2021  - Commissioners Court Approval

 

To Potential Candidates:

As the recently elected Chair of Bexar County Managed Assigned Counsel Oversight Board, I am pleased to announce that we are now requesting resumes for the "Managed Assigned Counsel Director" position. Attached, please find the job description and qualifications for the position. The salary range is $90,000-$158,556 depending on previous experience. Please submit your resume and cover letter to the Managed Assigned Counsel Oversight Board Secretary, Laquita Garcia at lgarcia@organizetexas.organd Ana Amici at aamici@bexar.org. All resumes and cover letters are due by September 28, 2021, by 5 :00 pm. I lo forward to this important next step in the Managed Assigned Counsel implementation process.

 

- Donald Flanary, III
214 E. ASHBY PL.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 7821 2
TEL 21 0-738-8383; FAX 210-728-3438

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Title: Public Defenders Office, Mitigation Specialist


Location: El Paso

Annual Salary: $77, 420.19


Date Open: 8/10/21
 

Closing Date: Continuous

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Acceptable Experience and Education
• Masters degree from an accredited university in social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in a medical or legal field; with one (1) year of developmental or lead work experience. Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Certificates and Licenses Required
• Must have or obtain by date of hire a valid driver's license applicable to job responsibilities, with a driving record acceptable to the County of El Paso.
• Texas level Social Worker licensure required.

TYPICAL DUTIES: Essential Duties
• Provides defense attorneys with professional analysis related to the case, investigative information that impacts the case, key evidence, and experts to testify regarding mitigating circumstances presented in the case; provides both supportive evidence and a detailed, documented history of the defendant; is responsible for the gathering and preparation of information to be presented during trial and during the sentencing phase;
• Conduct witness interviews and field investigations regarding competency, alcohol/drug dependence, legal sanity and prepare reliable social histories regarding mitigation based on the client's psycho-social development, future dangerousness, and other capital sentencing factors;
• Compiles a comprehensive and well-document psycho-social history of the client based on an exhaustive investigation, interviews with family, employers, acquaintances; gathers medical, mental health, employment, and educational records and documentation; ensures high quality investigation and preparation of the penalty phase;
• Analyzes the significance of the information in terms of impact on development, including effect on personality and behavior; finds mitigating themes in the client's life history; identifies the need for expert assistance;
• Assists in locating appropriate experts; provides social history information to experts to enable them to conduct competent and reliable evaluations; and works with the defense team and experts to develop a comprehensive and cohesive case in mitigation;
• Prepares correspondence, social histories, and reports and submits social histories to psychologists and attorneys; prepares written reports/memoranda for clients as directed by trial attorneys;
• Provides court testimony on behalf of clients, when needed;
• Maintains well-documented and dated files for all clients, including updating electronic client files with chronological entries reflecting all work performed;
• Brainstorms and develops mitigation and other strategies with the trial team for presentation to the jury or the judge during trial and during sentencing;
• Maintains close contact with the client and his family while the case is pending; As directed, provides oversight lead work to interns and staff social workers, including assigning, reviewing, and training;
• Attends and participates in meetings, training and information sessions;
• Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field;
• Commits self to providing excellent customer service and demonstrate commitment through cooperative team and individual efforts; and
• Creates a high quality work culture through participation in and emphasis on training and mentoring to develop leadership, management, and technical skills in self and all employees, including safety related training and skills.

Other Important Duties*
• Performs such other related duties as may be assigned;
• Work extended hours and weekends;
• Regular out of town travel;
• Maintains a safe and healthy work place environment;
• As members of the County of El Paso Emergency Response System, all El Paso County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers during a proclaimed emergency and may be required to train on emergency response and/or perform certain emergency services at the direction of their supervisor.

JOB SUMMARY: Summary of Position
The Mitigation Specialist under minimal direction, in consultation with the lead attorney, oversees development of the mitigation aspects of capital cases as an integral part of the defense team to ensure that the presentation to be made at the penalty phase is integrated into the overall preparation of the case.

Organizational Relationships
Reports to: Division Unit Chief
Directs: Social Worker Interns and staff Social Workers' mitigation work as necessary
Other: Has contact with department heads, attorneys, and/or staff in order to coordinate and complete assigned responsibilities, other county employees, educational institutions, and medical/mental health service providers and staff.

PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE - MITIGATION SPECIALIST Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Which of the following best describes your level of education in social work, psychology, counseling, or a related field?
High School or equivalent
Associates Degree
Bachelors Degree
Masters Degree
Doctoral Degree
None of the above

* 2. Which of the following best describes your experience in a medical or legal field?
No experience
Less than 1 year experience
1 to less than 3 years
3 to less than 5 years
5 to less than 7 years
7 to less than 9 years
9 to less than 11 years
More than 11 years experience

* 3. Which of the following best describes your developmental supervisory or managerial experience?
No experience
Less than 1 year experience
1 to less than 2 years experience
2 to less than 3 years experience
3 to less than 4 years experience
4 to less than 5years experience
More than 5 years experience

* 4. Are you a licensed Social Worker in the state of Texas?
Yes
No

* 5. Do you have or can obtain by date of hire a driver's license applicable to the job responsibilities, with a driving record acceptable to the County of El Paso?
Yes
No

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
8/16/2021 Job Bulletin
agency.governmentjobs.com/elpasocounty/job_bulletin.cfm?jobID=3187877&sharedWindow=0 3/4

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.epcounty.com/jobs

500 E. Overland Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901 
(915) 546-2218

epcountyjobs@epcounty.com

Position #2021-00263

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Job Description: Trial Attorney
Salary: $61,939.41 Annually
Location: El Paso
Opening:7/8/21
Closing: Continuous

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Acceptable Experience and Education
Doctor of Jurisprudence

CERTIFICATES & LICENSES REQUIRED:
Must have and maintain a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.  

FOR A PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS OFFICE ONLY:
A candidate with a Supervised Practice Card may be considered for this Trial Attorney position under the Rules Governing the Supervised Practice of Law by Qualified Law Students and Qualified Unlicensed Law School Graduates in Texas as passed by the Supreme Court of Texas in 2020. These candidates must obtain their Texas State Bar license after passing the bar exam in order to qualify for continued employment. 

DEPENDING ON THE AREA ASSIGNED:
Must have or obtain by date of hire a valid driver's license applicable to job responsibilities, with a driving record acceptable to the County of El Paso.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Attorney/Trial Attorney under close supervision, and depending on area of assignment: provides general counsel for various County Offices and staff; prosecutes criminal, civil and family law cases; represents, defends, and advocates for clients accused of a crime; reviews family case law for legal sufficiency and litigates family law enforcement cases. May include appellate work in any or all of these areas.
This is the first in a series of three non-supervisory attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family.

TYPICAL DUTIES:
Essential Duties:
Performs legal research, and keeps abreast of changes in the law;
Searches resources and studies legal records and documents to obtain information applicable to case or issue under consideration;
Examines video, file and physical case evidence;
Drafts briefs, motions, orders, subpoenas, contracts, notices, and other legal documents, as well as correspondence and reports;
Takes depositions and responds to discovery requests;
Responds to phone calls from the general public; provides general information;
Oversees the creation and issuance of legal documents, including subpoenas, motions, orders, writs, warrants, contracts, official policies and other related documents;
Represents the department at docket calls;
Prepares cases for trial;
Collects, organizes and prepares evidence, information and other legal materials;
Attends and participates in meetings, training and information sessions;
Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field;
Commits self to providing excellent customer service and demonstrate commitment through cooperative team and individual efforts; and
Creates a high quality work culture through participation in and emphasis on training and mentoring to develop leadership, management, and technical skills in self and all employees, including safety related training and skills.

DEPENDING ON THE AREA ASSIGNED:
PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE:

May include appellate work in any or all of these areas;
Establishes and maintains close contact with defendants by regular visits to the Correctional facilities or by constant correspondence via personal visits to the Public Defender's Office, phone contact, or by letters to defendants not in custody;
Prepares litigation on family law cases covers this potential area of practice more inclusively;
Represents all indigent persons charged with crimes in the County whose cases are appointed to the Public Defender’s Office;
Defends individual adults and juveniles charged with felonies, misdemeanors and traffic cases for which a sentence of incarceration may be imposed;
Provides representation at all stages of the court process, including before the filing of formal charges, at the trial court level, and any related appeals;
Provides effective representation to clients while managing a large caseload;
Represents as assigned to handle specific types of cases such as family, juvenile, indigent, mental health, appellate, etc.;
Works closely with Public Defender staff, investigators, social workers, and mitigation specialists, as well as community agencies to match needs of clients with resources, programs, and assistance providing holistic, client-centered representation;
Handles all court hearings for clients, including seeking bond reductions in the Jail Magistrate Court,  arraignment court and bond court;
Interviews clients (both detained and on bond) supporting preparation for and argues motions for release on personal bond and/or bond reduction, development and investigation of defenses to pending charges, and development of potential mitigation of punishment;
Meets with clients when arrested and obtains their history to make bond arguments to the court;
Maintains strong, ongoing working relationship with clients in person, including visits in detention facilities, by phone and by mail contact;
As required may be called to represent individuals at investigative proceedings, related civil matters, and other ancillary issues; may be assigned to handle cases involving post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and/or appellate relief;
Interviews and counsels respondents in mental health proceedings in Local or State treatment units where they may be confined and works closely with psychiatrists and other medical or treatment personnel;
Investigates and directs investigation by staff investigators into alleged crime(s) or offense, including by meeting with witnesses, police officers and reviewing the facts;
Meets with the client to discuss the appropriate action to be taken and whether pre-trial motions should be filed, discuss any plea offers from the State, and the consequences, including collateral legal consequences thereto, and, ultimately prepare client and case for trial;
Reviews case, results of investigation, applicable laws and codes, and professional obligations to identify, prepare, direct filing, and litigate appropriate pretrial motions;
Performs as trial counsel by representing defendant’s clients during courtroom proceedings;
Researches case law, communicates with defendant clients to determine on an on-going basis, including to advise and consult in client’s decision whether to accept a plea offer, to go to trial with a judge or a jury for guilt/not guilt, to have punishment assessed by a judge or judge, whether to testify at the guilt phase, whether to testify at the punishment phase, and whether to appeal;
Prepares trial strategy, including mitigation case for punishment, such as prepares for direct and cross-examination of witness’s procedures, witness selection, jury selection, testimony decisions and opening and closing arguments;
Acts as negotiator between the defendant clients and the State's Attorney's Office prosecutors to secure acquittals or reach agreement concerning sentence time plea agreements which would be the most beneficial for the defendant client, and the State's Attorney's Office;
Researches case law and witness testimony, conducts investigations and negotiates with the Prosecutor State's Attorney's Office. Analyzes facts, evidence and the strength of case, determines client's wishes and meets with prosecutor to resolve the matter short of trial;
Represents defendant’s clients during other court proceedings. Prepares pre-trial motions such as Answer to Discovery, Motions to Suppress Evidence, Requests for Notice, Motions to Dismiss and Motions to Additional Discovery, which are required to be filed in accordance with the Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure, Texas Penal Code, Texas Family Code, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, and other relevant statutes, as well as and a obtaining a hearing set to ensure that they are carried out properly litigate the motions as necessary;
Prepares, files, and litigates post-trial matters including Motions for New Trial, as necessary, such as motions to withdraw pleas, motions to reconsider sentence and post-conviction petitions.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Job Description: Senior Trial Attorney
Salary: $76,234.17 Annually
Location: El Paso
Opening: 4/1/21
Closing: Continuous

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Acceptable Experience and Education
Doctor of Jurisprudence and a minimum of three (3) years of criminal defense experience;
Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities along with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

CERTIFICATES & LICENSES REQUIRED:
Must have and maintain a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.  
Depending on area assigned: Must have or obtain by date of hire a valid driver's license applicable to job responsibilities, with a driving record acceptable to the County of El Paso.

JOB SUMMARY:
The Senior Trial Attorney under general supervision, and depending on area of assignment: provides complex general counsel for various County Offices and staff, depending on area assigned the incumbent; prosecutes criminal, civil and family law cases; provides representation in matters, including civil, or prosecutorial; defends, and advocates for clients accused of a crime; performs complex non-supervisory legal work. This is the second in a series of three non-supervisory attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family.

TYPICAL DUTIES:
Essential Duties:
Reviews case facts for legal sufficiency, drafts motion statements and prepares required legal documents;Researches statutes and case law issues and revises legal documents to reflect new legislation; Examines video, file and physical case evidence;
Confers with attorneys regarding case information and pleadings, law enforcement agencies regarding case investigation and trial preparation, and witnesses regarding case preparation and testimony;
Edits legal documents prepared by support staff;
Responsible for litigating routine to complex hearings, trials and appeals;
Prepares and presents oral arguments for routine to complex cases;
Frequent handling of confidential legal information and documents;
Attends and participates in meetings, training and information sessions;
Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field;
Commits self to providing excellent customer service and demonstrate commitment through cooperative team and individual efforts; and
Creates a high quality work culture through participation in and emphasis on training and mentoring to develop leadership, management, and technical skills in self and all employees, including safety related training and skills.

PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE:
Represents all indigent persons charged with serious crimes in the County, including capital murder, murder, and manslaughter;
Defends individuals charged with felonies for which a sentence of incarceration may be imposed;
Provides effective representation to clients while managing a large and complex caseload;
May concentrate in representing specific types of most complex and high profile cases such as family, juvenile, indigent, mental health etc.;
Works closely with community agencies to match needs of clients with resources, programs, and assistance;
Handles arraignment court and bond court;
Meets with clients when arrested and obtains their history to make bond arguments to the court;
Maintains working relationship with clients in person, by phone and by mail contact;
May be called to represent individuals at investigative proceedings; may be assigned to handle cases involving post-conviction or appellate relief;
Interviews and counsels respondents in mental health proceedings in Local or State treatment units where they may be confined and works closely with psychiatrists and other medical or treatment personnel;
Maintains extensive contact with various State legal offices, social service agencies, Correctional facilities staff, police, forensic authorities, crime labs, and pathologists;
Maintains frequent contact with the Department of Family and Protective Services, Department of State Health and agencies regarding the referral of clients for drug treatment, family counseling and other assistance;
Investigates alleged crime or offense by meeting with witnesses, police officers and reviewing the facts;
Meets with the client to discuss the appropriate action to be taken and whether pre-trial motions should be filed;
Establishes close contact with defendants by regular visits to the Correctional facilities or by constant correspondence via personal visits to the Public Defender's Office, phone contact or by letters to defendants not in custody;
Performs as trial counsel by representing defendants during courtroom proceeding;
Researches case law, communicates with defendant to determine trial strategy such as cross-examination procedures, witness selection, jury selection, testimony decisions and opening and closing arguments;
Acts as negotiator between the defendant and the State's Attorney's Office to secure acquittals or reach agreement concerning sentence time which would be the most beneficial for the defendant and the State's Attorney's Office;
Researches case law and witness testimony, conducts investigations and negotiates with the State's Attorney's Office;
Analyzes facts, evidence and the strength of case, determines client's wishes and meets with prosecutor to resolve the matter short of trial;
Represents defendants during other court proceedings;
Prepares pre-trial motions such as Answer to Discovery, Motions to Suppress Evidence, Motions to Dismiss and Motions to Additional Discovery, which are required to be filed and a hearing set to ensure that they are carried out properly; and
Prepares post-trial matters such as motions to withdraw pleas, motions to reconsider sentence and post-conviction petitions

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT No. 21-08M
Job Description: 
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Salary: See details
Location: 
Southern District of Texas McAllen, TX Division
Closing: Open until filled


ABOUT:
The Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender to be stationed in the McAllen office in the trial division. The federal defender organization 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.


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 Southern District of Texas by the time of entrance on duty. Trial experience preferred. Spanish language proficiency is required for this position. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including 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. 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 personal and professional 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.


SALARY & 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 does include regular Government employment benefits including health and life insurance, 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 21-08M), résumé, and representative writing sample. Legal experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Marjorie A. Meyers, Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, 440 Louisiana St., Suite 1350, Houston, Texas 77002 or email in PDF format to TXS_Employment@FD.ORG. 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, please contact Administrative Officer Laura Dusthimer at (713) 718-4600. More than one position may be filled with this announcement. Position announced July 22, 2021; open until filled.


Subject to the availability of funds.
The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer. 

Job Description: Assistant Public Defender
Salary: DOE
Location: 
Bowie County
Department: Misdemeanor & Felony Responsibilities

Closing: 
Open until filled


ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:

  • Represents indigent clients in court as assigned in Bowie County in felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases.  Primary responsibility is to handle misdemeanor court docket and cases.
  • Evaluates, investigates and offers legal advice in assigned cases, providing analysis of pending charges and defenses.
  • Represents indigent clients in plea offers and negotiations, jury trials, trials before the court, contested matters before the court and dismissals.
  • Interviews clients and potential witnesses and discusses the facts and applicable law with clients.
  • Conducts legal research, drafts legal documents and interprets laws, rules and regulations.
  • Reviews evidence, inspects crime scenes and prepares investigative requests.
  • Documents client files, prepares trial notebooks as required and maintains statistical information regarding caseload and dispositions.
  • Assists other public defenders as needed.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent
  • Current active membership in the State Bar of Texas

SALARY RANGE:

DOE

OTHER BENEFITS:

  • Paid medical insurance
  • Texas County and District Retirement Program
  • County Retirement Program
  • Paid Vacation
  • 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 APPLY:

To submit a resume for this position, please mail resume to following address:
Rick C. Shumaker, Chief Public Defender
424 West Broad Street 
Texarkana, Texas 75501 

E-Mail: Rick.Shumaker@txkusa.org

All replies strictly confidential

Job Description: Legal Assistant
Salary: $41,973. Annual Salary
Location:Galveston, Texas
Department: Misdemeanor Mental Health Public Defender
Closing: Open until filled

JOB SUMMARY


Under the general supervision of the Chief Public Defender, manages electronic client case files for entire office while providing overall legal document support including electronically filing, and occasionally drafting, of legal motions. Also manages case discovery and overall office calendar/docket.  Arranges any out of county extended travel. Provides in house data processing training and support for entire office.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS


• Working within critical deadlines, word processes a variety of legal documents, which may include pleadings, motions, orders, warrants, petitions, subpoenas, witness lists, jury instructions, voir dire questions, verdict forms, reports, and/or general correspondence. 

• Responsible for maintaining client files, including file indexing and document management.

• Provides in house computer skill and tech support for entire office.

• Assists with compilation of statistical data.

• Assists teams with power point presentations for plea and/or trial purposes.

• Coordinates the scheduling of appointments for attorneys.

• Responsible for arranging out of county travel and preparing reimbursement forms for office. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: 
Any combination of education and experience that would provide the individual the ability to be proficient in the essential duties listed. Must be able to type at a net rate of 50 words per minute. Must be word proficient. Must have a mastery of program- based data/case management. Bilingualism is desirable.

ExperienceAt least five years of experience in processing legal documents in a court, criminal justice or legal office setting preferred.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS  


Extensive experience and knowledge of electronic filing of legal documents.  Knowledge of legal office and criminal justice system terminology, forms, documents and procedures; knowledge of the standard format for a variety of legal documents and forms, including briefs, motions, opinions, and subpoenas. Knowledge of specific computer applications involving word processing, spreadsheets and standard report generation and excellent aptitude in learning new data processing and case management programs and, in turn, training office personnel in same.  Ability to organize one’s own work, set priorities, work in a high volume setting and meet critical deadlines. 
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a legal services team hierarchy.
The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description.

Job Description: Assistant Mental Health Public Defender
Salary: $75,377. Annual Salary
Location: Galveston, Texas
Department: Misdemeanor Mental Health Public Defender
Closing: Open until filled

 

JOB SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Chief Public Defender, represents clients assigned to the Galveston County Misdemeanor Mental Health Public Defenders Office.  Advocates, in court, for Tex. C. Crim. P. art. 17.032 mental health personal bonds (as well as other forms of pre-trial release). Fully explores whether clients are mentally competent to stand trial and promptly files any appropriate motions with the court and litigates same.  Seeks advantageous resolution for these cases through opportunities uniquely available via the mental health docket while continuing to zealously fight the pending criminal charges (including by jury trial if necessary).  Works collaboratively with the other members of the office to assist clients in being successful in complying with conditions of bond release and diversion programs and any other relevant tasks/achievements that the client must complete in order to ensure a favorable resolution to the case. 


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Provides superior criminal defense representation to indigent clients who have been assigned to the Galveston County Misdemeanor Mental Health Docket pursuant to a Tex. C. Crim. P. art. 16.22 evaluation. Initially interviews and meets frequently with clients whether in jail or after release. Prepares for and conducts all hearings for assigned clients.  Uses all available local mental health resources to attempt to secure offers of pre-trial release, dismissals, diversions, and/or alternatives to conviction and/or incarceration. Reviews and helps develop case service plans for clients as they pertain to the case offer. Prepares for and tries jury trials for clients if necessary. Attends training and MCLE related to the representation of clients with mental health issues in an amount equaling or in excess of Texas State Bar mandates. Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Chief Public Defender. Performs other duties as assigned.

This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or modified at any time.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
 Doctor of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school required.
Licensure: Must currently be a Licensed Attorney by the State Bar of Texas. 
Bilingualism is desirable.
Experience: . Must have tried jury trials to verdict. Extensive courtroom experience preferred.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS:


Possess excellent interpersonal, analytical, writing, and communication skills. Possess excellent advocacy and trial skills.
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a legal services team.

Ability to patiently represent clients who have mental health issues.
The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.

Job Description: Licensed Clinical Social Worker 
Salary: $62,700. Annual Salary
Location: Galveston, Tx 
Department: Misdemeanor Mental Health Public Defender
Closing: 
Open until filled

 

JOB SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Chief Public Defender, works directly with clients assigned to the Galveston County Misdemeanor Mental Health Public Defenders Office. Works collaboratively with the other members of the office to assist clients in connecting with housing, substance abuse, mental health, medical, employment and any other relevant services/benefits during comprehensive client-centered representation. Provides formal psychological assessments of clients as needed. Provides support for Assistant Public Defenders to advocate for pre-trial release, dismissals, diversions, and/or alternatives to conviction and/or incarceration.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Provides clinical expertise to support the legal position being presented in court.

Conducts comprehensive psychosocial assessments in the community and local jail to determine clients’ basic demographic information, living situation, relationship and family dynamics, legal status, education history, employment history, physical health, mental health, substance use history, and self-identified goals and needs. Attends collaborative meetings with the client and attorney. Reviews and helps develop case service plans. Initiates/facilitates referrals to mental health treatment and other services for clients, as soon as possible, to ensure rapid engagement in services. 

Identifies and conducts interviews with family, friends, employers, and other support system members in the community who can aid in clients’ success.
Based on a clinical review of assessment outcomes and interviews with family and other support systems, helps develop individualized alternative sentencing plans that, in consultation with the case attorney and client, recommend and advocate for community-based sentences and alternative community treatment as indicated. Researches and recommends alternatives to incarceration through memoranda prepared for submission to judges and prosecutors through Assistant Public Defenders.

Accompanies clients to court and participates in hearings, if requested by the defense attorney. Provides additional information and support, as required.
Maintains ongoing pre-trial or pre-sentence updates on clients’ progress through communication and collected documentation from community service providers and by conducting routine check-ins with clients.
Fosters communication and connections with a wide array of community service providers while sustaining a comprehensive community referral network.
Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Assistant Public Defenders and/or the Chief Public Defender. Performs other duties as assigned.
This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or modified at any time.


QUALIFICATIONS


Education:
 Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited institution required. 
Bilingualism is desirable.
Experience: Must have experience in conducting comprehensive psychological/psychosocial assessments. Five years of overall related experience preferred.
Licensure: Must currently be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas. 


OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to access clients and witnesses in correctional facilities.
Ability to testify in court without impeachment (may preclude applicants convicted of certain crimes). Ability to travel to the courthouse or other criminal justice system facilities to see clients and witnesses, or to testify in court.
Possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle in order to access clients and witnesses.
Possess excellent interpersonal, analytical, writing, and communication skills.
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a legal services team hierarchy.
The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.



Job Description: Mental Health Caseworker
Salary: $46,275. Annual Salary
Location: 
Galveston, Texas
Department: 
Misdemeanor Mental Health Public Defender
Closing: 
Open until filled

JOB SUMMARY:

Under the supervision of the Chief Public Defender, works directly with clients assigned to the Galveston County Misdemeanor Mental Health Public Defenders Office. Works collaboratively with the other members of the office to assist clients in connecting with housing, substance abuse, mental health, medical, employment, and any other relevant services/benefits during comprehensive client-centered representation. Provides support for Assistant Public Defenders to advocate for pre-trial release, dismissals, diversions, and/or alternatives to conviction and/or incarceration. Provides trial support/investigation as necessary.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Provides psychosocial data to support the legal position being presented in court.
Conducts comprehensive interviews in the community and local jail to determine clients’ basic demographic information, living situation, relationship and family dynamics, legal status, education history, employment history, physical health, mental health, substance use history, and self-identified goals and needs. Attends collaborative meetings with the client and attorney. Reviews and helps develop case service plans. Initiates/facilitates referrals to mental health treatment and other services for clients, as soon as possible, to ensure rapid engagement in services. Gathers factual mitigation data through interviews, and obtaining and analyzing records.
Identifies and conducts interviews with family, friends, employers, and other support system members in the community who can aid in clients’ success.
Based on a clinical review of assessment outcomes and interviews with family and other support systems, helps develop individualized alternative sentencing plans that, in consultation with the case attorney and client, recommend and advocate for community-based sentences and alternative community treatment as indicated. Provides trial support with fact investigation and trial punishment mitigation as necessary. Researches and recommends alternatives to incarceration through memoranda prepared for submission to judges and prosecutors through Assistant Public Defenders.
Accompanies clients to court and participates in hearings, if requested by the defense attorney. Provides additional information and support, as required.
Maintains ongoing pre-trial or pre-sentence updates on clients’ progress through communication and collected documentation from community service providers and by conducting routine check-ins with clients.
Fosters communication and connections with a wide array of community service providers while sustaining a comprehensive community referral network.
Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Assistant Public Defenders and/or the Chief Public Defender. Performs other duties as assigned.
This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or modified at any time.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field from an accredited institution. 
Bilingualism is desirable.
Experience: Extensive related experience preferred.



OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to testify in court without impeachment (may preclude applicants convicted of certain crimes).
Ability to travel to the courthouse or other criminal justice system facilities to see clients and witnesses, or to testify in court.
Possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle in order to access clients and witnesses.
Possess excellent interpersonal, analytical, writing, and communication skills.
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a legal services team hierarchy.
The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.