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Attorney IV

Location: 133 N Riverfront Blvd, 9th Floor, Dallas
Organization: Public Defender
Minimum Salary: $7386.59
Maximum Salary: $8860.32
This is a full-time position that will work in the Appellate Division of the Public Defender's Office.

Brief Description
Provides a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned felony, family, juvenile or mental health cases. Such services include case evaluation, legal advice, plea offers and representing clients in jury trials, non-jury hearings, plea negotiations and dismissals. Conducts legal research, drafts legal documents and interprets laws, rules and regulations. Receives level of oversight, training, and supervision based on experience and expertise in assigned area.

Detailed Description
Conducts jury trials, trials before the court and contested matters before the court. Prepares and/or drafts legal documents, including plea papers, motions, briefs and pleadings. Research applicable statutes and case law. Analyzes pending charges and develops defenses. Negotiates plea bargain recommendations with the State. Interviews clients and potential witnesses, discusses facts and applicable law with clients. Reviews evidence and inspects crime scenes, prepares investigative requests and makes home visits. Documents client files, prepares trial notebooks and maintains statistical information regarding caseload and dispositions. Assists felony and misdemeanor public defenders as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements
Graduation from an accredited law school with a license to practice law in the State of Texas. Two (2) years (6) months experience practicing law required. This is an "at will" position with no civil service or other appellate rights. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. Standard office environment.

Additional Details
An extensive pre-employment background investigation will be conducted on all applicants who have been offered a position with Dallas County. The hiring process involves successful completion of each step. The steps include: Criminal History Review, Traffic Violations Record, Review of Personal History Statement and Documents, Physical Examination, and Background Investigation. Dallas County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, National Service Alumni volunteers, and persons with a criminal background are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position that will work in the Appellate Division of the Public Defender's Office. This position is located in the Frank Crowley Courts Building, 133 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75207. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Executive Assistant II

Job Description:
Performs advanced (senior-level) professional assistance work for the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. Work involves overseeing high-level administrative operations of an agency or division. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides administrative and technical assistance to TIDC, including answering phone calls, routing incoming calls, taking messages, greeting visitors, and directing them to the appropriate staff.
  • Maintains files and records; develops, coordinates, and maintains record keeping and filing systems.
  • Performs data entry. 
  • Assists in planning meetings and conferences.
  • Prepares, edits, and distributes minutes, correspondence, reports, studies, forms, and documents.
  • Assists staff with travel requisitions, electronic requisitions for office supplies, other requisition requests.
  • Prepares and disseminates information concerning agency programs and services.
  • Assists in compiling statistical data and preparing various charts, graphs, and written summaries.
  • Reviews forms and applications for completeness of information.
  • Responds to inquiries and interprets rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Provides technical guidance and advice on administrative matters to agency executives, management, or other staff.
  • Assists in the development of administrative or technical assistance policies and procedures.
  • Assists in researching, composing, designing, or editing agency publications.
  • Maintains professionalism in the course of work with employees, co-workers, and management.
  • Maintains confidentiality when working with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies
    Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university; may substitute four years of related experience for required education on a year for year basis. 
  • Two years of high-level administrative or closely related experience.
  • Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet applications is required; including creating statistical tables, charts and graphs.
  • Experience using database applications; data entry and running reports.
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Executive assistant experience with a State of Texas employer.
  • Experience in the judicial branch. 

To Apply:
Submit a complete application through Work In Texas at 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. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection.

Full Job Description TIDC Executive Assistant 

Program Specialist IV (preferably an attorney)

Job Description:
Plans, develops, and implements TIDC’s policy monitoring program. Provides highly complex (senior-level) consultative and technical assistance work to staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. Responsibilities include (1) evaluating indigent defense systems and procedures; (2) fostering accountability and quality legal representation; and (3) promoting compliance with the Fair Defense Act, rules promulgated by TIDC, and other applicable laws. Prepares and presents reports on findings and recommendations. Works collaboratively with judges, lawyers, and local officials to develop remediation plans in instances of noncompliance. Provides guidance on how to operate public defense more efficiently and effectively. May train others. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data both on- and off-site to identify system strengths and weaknesses, as well as to determine compliance with program requirements, laws, and procedures.
  • Prepares and presents detailed, comprehensive written reports of findings and recommendations related to program activities.
  • Develops and presents training materials on program activities.
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies.
  • Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Two years of graduate studies in law, public policy, or related field. 
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Skill in use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws relating to indigent defense.
  • Public defense experience or judicial clerkship.
  • Two years of experience in law, public policy, research, or related field. 
  • Skill in conducting legal research.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills. 
  • Full Job Description TIDC Policy Analyst (Program Specialist) (preferably an attorney)

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