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: Chief Public Defender 


Job Number: 21-70


Date Open: Ongoing
 


Annual Salary
: $160,000.00or higher depending on experience

Application Deadline: Until Filled


Under direction of the Concho Valley Public Defender Board, the Chief Public Defender provides quality legal defense to persons who cannot afford counsel in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and appeals cases for Tom Green, Irion, Runnels, Schleicher, Coke, Concho, and Sterling Counties. 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 
• Ensures that the office provides quality criminal defense representation that complies with federal and state constitutions, state statutes, ethical rules, and state and national best practices.
• Oversees & provides representation of defendants who cannot afford counsel in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, & appeals cases in addition to the administrative responsibilities of the office. Representation includes serving as lead counsel & appearing in court when appropriate &  necessary.
• Supervises all department employees, including responsibilities for assigning and reviewing work, employee training, completing performance evaluations, hiring, terminating and disciplining.
• Reviews caseloads at least quarterly and notifies TIDC and the Concho Valley Public Defender’s Oversight Board if caseloads exceed adopted standards.
• Directs staff on legal issues, case dispositions, advocacy, and ensures continuity of counsel to the extent possible.
• Develops, implements, and interprets overall policies and procedures for the department and ensures that all staff receive necessary training.
• Prepares and administers the annual Public Defender budget and monitors all department expenditures of state and local funds. Allocates resources for services, equipment, facilities, finance planning, preparing and advocating for future services and budgetary needs of the office.
• Represents the public defense function in criminal justice coordinating meetings with clients, judges, prosecutors, county Commissioners Courts and others.
• Presents to social and civic groups, incarcerated persons, and other organizations to explain, publicize, and promote the Public Defender program and defendants’ rights.
• Represents the Public Defender Office in public and professional meetings and conferences; in interactions with state and county officials; county and state bar associations; and citizen groups.
• Reports regularly to the Concho Valley Public Defender’s Oversight Board and with each participating county Commissioners Court.


KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES & SKILLS
• Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and precedents; knowledge of legal procedures and the trial methods and practices in criminal cases; management principles and practices; and budgeting techniques, standards and requirements.
• Ability to understand and interpret statutes, constitutional provisions, and administrative regulations; ability to effectively prepare and litigate cases in court; ability to work effectively with members of the legal profession, law enforcement personnel, co-workers and county department representatives, and the public.
• Skill in developing, analyzing, and interpreting policies and procedures; exercising sound judgment in making administrative decisions involving staff and service activities; managing and reviewing budgets involving multiple revenue sources; exceptional oral and written communication skills.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK SETTING:
Works in a well-lighted, air-conditioned environment; prolonged periods of sitting and periodic walking, standing, bending, and reaching; occasional lifting up to 15 lbs; visual acuity, hearing ability, and manual dexterity required.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited school of law. At least 5 years of experience in criminal law, having tried felony cases to verdict and acted as lead counsel for the following types of felony trials: first and second degree felonies and homicide cases. At least 3 years of experience hiring, leading, or supervising attorneys or staff.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience as a lawyer in a Public Defender office; experience as a Director, Chief or Deputy Chief in a legal organization which includes oversight of daily operations and budget creation/oversight.

CERTIFICATES & LICENSES
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 AWOX requirements:https://ble.texas.gov/admission-without-examination). Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

 

 

Click here for more information regarding the department, position and benefits

Click here to apply for the position.

Contact: Tom Green County Human Resources at personnel@co.tom-green.tx.us or 325-659-6507

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.