Job Openings

ATTORNEY I, II, III

CLOSES: 11/30/16
JOB POSTING NO: 015068SC and 015068SC01
PAYROLL TITLE: ATTORNEY I, II, III
EXTENDED TITLE: Legal Services
SALARY:

Attorney I - GR. B20- $3,857.26 /Monthly
Attorney II - GR. B21 $4,123.73/Monthly
Attorney III - GR.B23 $4,713.63/Monthly

VACANCY LOCATION: Conroe and Huntsville, TX
UNIT/DEPT: State Counsel for Offenders

*Longevity Pay
*Regular Service Retirement
*Telephonic Interviews Will Not Be Accepted
*Work Site Visits Will Not Be Conducted
*No Study Material
*Extensive Overnight Travel

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Position May Be Filled at I, II, or III Pay Levels

Attorney I
Minimum Base Salary: GR.B20 ($3,857.26/month)
**The salary for an ERS Retiree (or non-contributing member) will be $3,763.19.**
For full job description and minimum qualifications, please visit: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/divisions/hr/pd/015068.pdf

Attorney II
Minimum Base Salary: GR.B21 ($4,123.73/month)
**The salary for an ERS Retiree (or non-contributing member) will be $4,023.16.**
For full job description and minimum qualifications, please visit: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/divisions/hr/pd/015069.pdf

Attorney III
Minimum Base Salary: GR.B23 ($4,713.63/month)
**The salary for an ERS Retiree (or non-contributing member) will be $4,598.67.**
For full job description and minimum qualifications, please visit: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/divisions/hr/pd/015066.pdf

**This is a career ladder position.**

**State Counsel for Offenders has only one position available. This position may be located in either Huntsville or Conroe. Applicants need only submit one application for employment and must indicate their geographic availability.**

**This position is not authorized Unit Pay Differential (UPD). Applicants currently receiving the UPD entitlement will not retain the UPD entitlement if selected for this position.**

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 27, 250X, LGL10, 04, 44, 51, 921O, RI

*Outside applicants will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment.*

Applicants must submit the State of Texas Application For Employment and the applicable supplement for outside applicants (PERS 282) or current TDCJ employees (PERS 598) to the contact person listed on the job posting. Applications may also be submitted through the Work In Texas website; however, the applicable supplement must also be submitted to the contact person. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to the contact person's email address; however, applications will not be accepted by email.

Sonia Navarrete
State Counsel for Offenders
2503 Lake Road, STE 14
Huntsville, TX 77340
PH (936-437-5203)
FAX (936-437-5293)
EMAIL
(sonia.navarrete@tdcj.texas.gov)

*Applicants who fax an application are requested to fax both their State of Texas Application for Employment and the applicable supplement. Applicants who wish to submit their application with attachments should either hand deliver it to the contact person or send it via U.S.Mail or overnight delivery.*

**Faxed applications must be complete and legible in order to be considered and must not have been sent from a fax machine located at a TDCJ unit or department.**

Applications must be received by the contact person by 5:00PM on 11/18/2016. A complete job description and all application forms may be obtained at the above address or by viewing the Job Description. Job Descriptions are available in PDF format which maybe read with the free Adobe Reader.

*Equal Opportunity Employer*

Litigation and Hearings Specialist—Austin

OCFW Job Title: Litigation and Hearings Specialist
Location: Austin, TX
State Job Title: Attorney II
FLSA Status: Exempt
State Classification Number and Salary Step: B21 ($55,000 to $75,000)
Type of Job: Full Time
Travel Required: Yes (25%)

Remarks:
The Texas Office of Capital & Forensic Writs (OCFW) is hiring a mid-level staff attorney in a litigation and hearings specialist role. Candidates must have prior experience representing clients at trial, or otherwise possess significant courtroom litigation experience. Prior capital experience is not a pre-requisite for this position. Ideal candidates will have prior experience defending clients as a public defender, criminal defense lawyer or possess equivalent advocacy experience, and have the desire to make a difference by advocating for death-sentenced persons during post-conviction evidentiary hearings. This newly created position differs from other staff attorney positions in that the primary focus will be on hearing litigation and courtroom advocacy rather than brief writing and written advocacy.

The OCFW represents a substantial majority of persons sentenced to death in Texas in state habeas and related proceedings. Once we file state habeas applications, courts will often grant us live evidentiary hearings. The Litigation and Hearings Specialist will litigate post-conviction evidentiary hearings as part of a team of OCFW post-conviction attorneys and investigators. Hearings typically involve direct and cross-examination of lay witnesses, expert witnesses and trial counsel, as well as substantial legal argument and oral and written advocacy.

We are committed to client-centered and excellent post-conviction representation, in accordance with the ABA Guidelines, Guidelines and Standards for Texas Capital Counsel (2006) and the Supplementary Guidelines and Standards for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Texas Death Penalty Cases (2015).

Job Description:
Representing clients on their initial and/or subsequent state post-conviction application for writ of habeas corpus and related proceedings, conducting evidentiary hearings related to the claims raised, and drafting pleadings and motions related to the evidentiary hearing.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Member of the Texas State Bar or eligible for admission within six months of employment (Please note that the Texas Bar allows for the admission without examination for certain applicants who have practiced law for at least five out of the last seven years. See Rule XIII, Rules of The Supreme Court Governing Admission to The Bar of Texas);
• Skilled in courtroom advocacy, demonstrated by significant trial or evidentiary hearing advocacy experience;
• Commitment to excellent representation;
• Pursuant to state law, OCFW may not employ an attorney who has been found by a state or federal court to have rendered ineffective assistance of counsel during the trial or appeal of a death penalty case.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience, three years or more, representing clients at trial as a public defender or in a similar advocacy role;
• Ability to engage in complex legal analysis, and to communicate clearly and persuasively;
• Excellent analytic, legal research, and oral advocacy skills;
• Ability to work collaboratively in team settings; strengths in team work, client relations, investigation and relationship building;
• Commitment to culturally competent representation, and experience working with diverse populations and on behalf of low-income clients;
• A demonstrated understanding of, or willingness to learn about, capital mitigation and mental-health issues;
• Bilingual Spanish-speaking ability.

Employment Conditions:
• Ability to operate standard office equipment and software;
• A valid driver’s license, and the willingness to operate a motor vehicle for client-representation purposes;
• Ability and willingness to travel throughout Texas and, on occasion, out of state.

To apply for this position, send: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a list of references; and (4) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment to Sandra Justice at: sandra.justice@ocfw.texas.gov. Candidates selected for an interview will be invited to submit a writing sample at that time.

State applications are available at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/state-texas-application-employment.

The Office of Capital & Forensic Writs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or 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 by the applicant to Sandra Justice, the Office of Capital & Forensic Writs Senior Accountant, at (512) 463-8520.

Assistant Public Defender—Del Rio

Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas

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

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

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

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

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

How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 16-11), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with 3 references. Litigation experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 2205 Veterans Blvd., Suite A-2, Del Rio, Texas 78840-3141.

Electronic submissions will not be accepted. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Victoria B. Longoria, Personnel Administrator, at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced August 19, 2016, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

 

Assistant Public Defender—El Paso

Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas

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

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

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

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

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

How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 16-12), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with 3 references. Litigation experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 700 E. San Antonio Ave., D-401, El Paso, Texas 79901-7020. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Victoria B. Longoria, Personnel Administrator, at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced July 18, 2016, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled. 

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.


Assistant Federal Public Defender—Alpine

Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas

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

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

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

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

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

How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 16-10), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with 3 references. Litigation experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 700 E. San Antonio Ave., D-401, El Paso, Texas 79901-7020. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Victoria B. Longoria, Personnel Administrator, at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced July 18, 2016, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled. 

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.


Criminal Defense Lawyer Wanted—Dallas

Full-time associate attorney wanted for highly rated white collar Criminal Defense Firm. Please submit resume. References required. Licensed and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas; however, will consider graduates waiting for bar results. Salary negotiable—bilingual a plus


Mendy Rose Halsted
214-850-1493 direct
Law Offices of Randall Blair Isenberg
4303 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75205
214-696-9253 office

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