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Attorney VI

DALLAS PUBLIC DEFENDER
133 N Riverfront Blvd 9th Floor

Minimum Salary:
9,625.79
Maximum Salary:
12,028.55

Brief Description

Directs and manages the operations of an organizational section of the Public Defenders Office. Supervises, evaluates, and trains public defenders and staff. Oversees all operations including case assignments, docket call, and plea bargains or settlement negotiations. Performs case evaluation, preparation, and management. Represents the client in pre-trial and evidentiary hearings and jury court trials. Ensures effective communication with judges, prosecuting attorneys, court personnel, family members, witnesses, the general public, the media, and other interested parties. Conducts legal research, drafting legal documents, and interpreting laws, rules and regulations. Work is performed independently with general direction from the First Assistant.

Detailed Description

Directs and coordinates the overall division operation, including the court docket, which includes assigning cases and work to public defenders andor staff. May prepare budgetary input, attend management meetings, provide input on policies and procedures, and perform related operational management duties. Supervises, evaluates, and trains staff. Resolves disputes between the court, prosecuting attorneys, and staff and determines appropriate action to be taken for unusual or extremely serious or complex situations. Ensures that records and documentation are accurate, up to date, and processed in accordance with standard procedures. Evaluates appointed cases or lawsuits by: reviewing documentation conducting necessary legal research on applicable law interviewing clients, witnesses or persons with knowledge of the case reviewing and gathering evidence, preparing investigative requests and determining most appropriate action(s) to be taken. Interviews clients, discusses facts of case, potential defenses and applicable laws and procedures. Explains legal process to potential witnesses, prepares witnesses for court testimony, and ensures clients are informed on status of case(s). Drafts, files and responds to necessary motions, briefs or other legal documents for trial andor hearing. Gathers, prepares, reviews and presents evidence, exhibits, and related material for trial or hearing. Represents the client in trial and at all applicable hearings by conducting jury selection, presenting opening statements, conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and presenting closing arguments. Participates in plea-bargain negotiations by preparing necessary legal documents and ensuring necessary signatures are secured and documents are filed as required. Documents client files, prepares trial notebook, and maintains statistical information regarding caseload and dispositions. Conducts presentations at conferences and seminars instructs law enforcement and other criminal justice personnel in legal all aspects of the criminal process and speaks before community and citizens groups. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Graduation from an accredited law school with a license to practice law in the State of Texas. Five (5) years post-licensure experience practicing law required. Disclaimers: 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

This is a full-time position that will work in the Capital Murder Division of the Public Defender's Office. In addition to the above requirements, candidate will exhibit proficiency and commitment to providing quality representation to defendants in capital murder cases; have tried to verdict as lead counsel a significant number of felony cases, including homicide trials and other trials for offenses punishable as second- or first-degree felonies or capital felonies; have trial experience in utilizing or challenging mental health or forensic expert witnesses; and, preferably, have experience in investigating and presenting mitigating evidence in the context of settlement negotiation and/or the punishment phase of a death penalty trial. 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.

To apply, go here: https://dallascounty.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=003528&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname

Assistant Public Defender II

Webb County Public Defenders Office
Laredo, Texas
Starting Salary: $73,955.87

The Webb County Public Defenders Office is currently accepting application for the position of Assistant Public Defender II. This position is responsible for providing legal representation for indigent clients.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited school of law.
Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
Current membership in the State Bar of Texas.

How to Apply:
Please visit the Webb County website to apply.
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/webbcounty

Assistant Public Defender

Bowie County
Available: October 1, 2019

This position provides a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned felony, misdemeanor or juvenile cases in Bowie County. Assists in the daily operation of the Public Defender’s Office. Responsibility will be determined upon previous experience but will include felony and misdemeanor case load. Ability to prepare legal documents and pleadings. Other duties assigned by the Chief Public Defender. Primarily misdemeanor responsibility.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
1. Juris Doctor or equivalent
2. Current active membership in the State Bar of Texas and in good standing with State Bar of Texas.

SALARY RANGE

Minimum of $60,000/year plus benefits set forth below.

OTHER BENEFITS
Paid medical/health insurance; Texas County and District Retirement Program
Two (2) weeks paid vacation—Three (3) weeks after ten (10) years
Ten (10) days paid sick leave; Currently 12 days paid holidays
$300.00 Monthly Travel Allowance/$50.00 Cell phone reimbursement
Paid Yearly State Bar of Texas Dues and yearly Criminal Law Seminar

To submit a resume for this position, please mail resume to following address or email:

Rick C. Shumaker,
Chief Public Defender
424 West Broad Street
Texarkana, Texas 75501
Email: Rick.Shumaker@txkusa.org

All replies strictly confidential.

Post-Conviction Attorney (Forensic Science Practice)

Posting Date: August 13, 2019
Closing Date: Until filled
Job Listing Number: 215-19-02
Location: Austin, Texas
State Job Title: Attorney III
FLSA Status: Exempt
State Classification/Salary Step: B23 ($60,000 to $70,000, depending on experience and qualifications)
Type of job: Full time
Travel Required Yes (25%)

The Texas Office of Capital and Forensic Writs (OCFW) is opening a new practice to provide representation to incarcerated persons in non-capital cases where the conviction rests on questionable forensic science. OCFW will review and litigate cases referred by the Texas Forensic Science Commission when the forensic analysis at trial was tainted by negligence or misconduct. Cases will likely include challenges in a wide array of forensic disciplines, such as bitemarks, toolmarks, DNA, bloodstain patterns, hair microscopy, arson, and toxicology.

OCFW is seeking a staff attorney to represent clients in these cases. Ideal candidates would be adept at both written and oral advocacy, understand different areas of challenge in forensics, and committed to client-centered, excellent post-conviction representation.

Job Description

Duties include: building rapport with and counseling clients; reviewing the trial and appellate record for constitutional error; interviewing witnesses; evaluating scientific research and incorporating it into legal arguments; investigating and developing science-based claims; drafting applications for writs of habeas corpus and other substantial pleadings; litigating evidentiary hearings; interfacing with the Texas Forensic Science Commission and other stakeholders.

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);
  • Experience representing low-income clients at trial, on appeal, or on post-conviction, or as a judicial law clerk;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team settings; strengths in teamwork, client relations, investigation and relationship building;
  • Strong written advocacy skills (writing sample required with application);
  • Excellent analytic, legal research, and oral advocacy skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years or more of experience representing low-income clients at trial, on appeal, or on post-conviction, or as a judicial law clerk;
  • Prior experience with factual investigation, and the litigation of forensic science-related issues;
  • Experience with and the ability to understand, summarize and translate complex research for a lay audience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, indigent defense, and criminal justice reform;
  • Fluency in Spanish.

Employment Conditions

  • 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;
  • 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; frequent travel is required for this position.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, send: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a list of references; (4) a writing sample; and (5) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment to: hiring@ocfw.texas.gov.  

State applications are available at: https://twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/texas-application-employment-twc.pdf.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 04, 4402, 51JX, or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf.
  
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.



Post-Conviction Attorney (capital practice)

Posting Date: August 13, 2019
Closing Date: Until filled
Job Listing Number: 215-19-01
Location: Austin, Texas
State Job Title: Attorney III
FLSA Status: Exempt
State Classification/Salary Step: B23 ($60,000 to $85,000, depending on experience and qualifications)
Type of job: Full time
Travel Required Yes (25%)

The Texas Office of Capital & Forensic Writs (OCFW) is hiring a staff attorney to represent death-sentenced clients in capital post-conviction proceedings.

Job Description

Our practice involves claim investigation and drafting, litigation of live evidentiary hearings, and appellate advocacy. Thus, ideal candidates would be adept at both written and oral advocacy, as well as committed to client-centered, excellent post-conviction representation. Duties include: building rapport with and counseling clients; reviewing the trial and appellate record for constitutional error; interviewing witnesses; investigating and developing claims; drafting applications for writs of habeas corpus and other substantial pleadings; litigating evidentiary hearings.

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);
  • Experience, two years or more, representing low-income clients at trial, on appeal, or on post-conviction as a public defender or in a similar advocacy role (credit also given for judicial clerkship experience);
  • Strong written advocacy skills (writing sample required with application).

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least five years of appellate or post-conviction experience;
  • Excellent analytic, legal research, investigative, and oral advocacy skills;
  • Prior experience with factual investigation, mitigation investigation, and collaboration with expert witnesses;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team settings; strengths in teamwork, client relations, investigation and relationship building;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, indigent defense, and criminal justice reform;
  • A demonstrated understanding of, or willingness to learn about, capital mitigation and mental-health issues;
  • Fluency in Spanish.

Employment Conditions

  • 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;
  • 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; frequent travel is required for this position.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, send: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a list of references; (4) a writing sample; and (5) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment to: hiring@ocfw.texas.gov.  

State applications are available at: https://twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/texas-application-employment-twc.pdf.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 04, 4402, 51JX, or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf.
  
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.



Litigation Supervisor

Posting Date: August 13, 2019
Closing Date: Until filled
Job Listing Number: 215-19-03
Location: Austin, Texas
State Job Title: General Counsel II
FLSA Status: Exempt
State Classification/Salary Step: B27 (up to $105,000, depending on experience and qualifications)
Type of job: Full time
Travel Required Yes (25%)

The Office of Capital and Forensic Writs (OCFW), the Texas post-conviction public defender, represents a substantial percentage of individuals in Texas courts in capital post-conviction proceedings. This fall, OCFW is starting a new practice to provide representation to persons convicted of non-capital offenses when questionable forensic science contributed to their conviction. See Tex. Code Crim. Proc. 38.01 4(h). In this practice, OCFW will review and litigate cases referred by the Texas Forensic Science Commission where the forensic analysis at trial was tainted by negligence or misconduct.

OCFW welcomes applications from talented attorneys interested in joining the office as a Litigation Supervisor. Ideal candidates would have prior experience in capital or post-conviction litigation including forensic science challenges, exhibit creativity and skill in litigation, and be committed to client-centered, excellent post-conviction representation. This is a newly created supervisory position.

Job Description

The Litigation Supervisor will serve as a supervisor of OCFW litigation in both capital and non-capital cases, with a focus on written and appellate advocacy. The Litigation Supervisor will be a leader within the office and help manage the office alongside the Executive Director and Training Director. In addition, the Litigation Supervisor will serve as lead counsel in a limited number of cases.

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);
  • At least five years of relevant experience, defined as follows:
    • representing low-income clients at trial, on appeal, or on post-conviction,
    • serving a judicial law clerk or staff attorney; or
    • impact litigation related to civil rights, criminal justice reform and related fields.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team settings; strengths in teamwork, client relations, investigation and relationship building;
  • Strong written advocacy skills (writing sample required with application);
  • Excellent analytic, legal research, and oral advocacy skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ten or more years of relevant experience;
  • Prior supervisory experience;
  • Prior experience training on topics such as factual investigation, post-conviction litigation, and forensic science;
  • Prior experience litigating forensic science-related issues;
  • Experience with and the ability to understand, summarize and translate complex research for a lay audience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, indigent defense, and criminal justice reform;
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of people.

Employment Conditions

  • 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.
  • 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; frequent travel is required for this position.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, send: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a list of references; (4) a writing sample; and (5) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment to: hiring@ocfw.texas.gov.  

State applications are available at: https://twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/texas-application-employment-twc.pdf.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 04, 4402, 51JX, or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf.
  
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 FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER—Trial Division

Dallas Division
Open until filled

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Federal Public Defender in the trial unit in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas. The Office of the Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide representation in federal criminal matters in the federal courts. Our attorneys are zealous advocates of the highest caliber, devoted to the defense of the indigent and enforcing the Bill of Rights.

The starting date for the Dallas position will ideally be in September 2019.

Job Description: An Assistant Federal Defender provides legal representation to clients charged with federal criminal offenses before federal magistrate and district courts in the Northern District of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Supreme Court of the United States. We practice at the highest level and attorneys with the office have argued four times before the Supreme Court of the United States. Most recently we won before the Court in a 5-4 decision in United States v. Davis, 139 S.Ct. 2319 (2019).

The typical caseload involves people charged with federal crimes ranging from possession of guns and drugs, immigration offenses, fraud, complex white collar fraud cases, and terrorism. Responsibilities include managing a caseload; preparing pleadings, motions and briefs; reviewing discovery documents, interviewing witnesses, developing litigation strategies, meeting with clients; working with experts; assisting CJA panel attorneys; and appearing on behalf of clients in federal court.

While Assistant Federal Public Defenders are solely responsible for most cases, our office culture is one of collaborative teamwork. If you are not able to work well with other lawyers, paralegals, investigators, legal assistants, and interns in the office in defending the indigent, then do not apply.

Travel is required. The Northern District of Texas covers a 96,000 square mile area and encompasses seven separate divisions. The Northern District runs from the tip of the Panhandle down through the plains of Lubbock to the big country of Abilene and San Angelo. The district boundary then turns east to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and up to Wichita Falls. You will be constantly collaborating with lawyers and support staff in other divisions and occasionally find yourself defending cases in all divisions of the Northern District of Texas.

Requirements and Qualifications: The Assistant Federal Public Defender must be: 1) a graduate of an accredited law school; 2) admitted to practice in good standing before a state bar; and 3) licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas no later than the initial hire date.

Federal criminal legal experience is preferred, but not required. Applicants must have strong writing and advocacy skills; an established capacity or demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense; a sterling reputation for personal and professional integrity; a commitment to the representation of indigent people; and an ability to work well in a team environment. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or a lawful permanent resident who is eligible to work in the U.S., and is either currently seeking U.S. Citizenship or intends to become a U.S. Citizen when eligible. Fluency in Spanish is very desirable.

Salary and Benefits: The position is full-time with federal benefits and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and comparable to that of Assistant U.S. Attorneys with similar qualifications and experience. The position is excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by direct deposit. A final offer of employment is subject to an FBI background check.

Application Process: To apply, combine the following documents in a single Adobe PDF file and email them to TXN_Employment@fd.org:
  • A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications;
  • A resume;
  • References;
  • Law school transcripts; and
  • Representative writing sample.

Applications submitted by fax or mail will not be considered. Moreover, do not send your application directly to the Federal Public Defender via e-mail because he will promptly delete the e-mail. More than one position may be filled with this announcement.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER—Trial Division

Amarillo Division
Open until filled

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Federal Public Defender in the trial unit in the Amarillo Division of the Northern District of Texas. The Office of the Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide representation in federal criminal matters in the federal courts. Our attorneys are zealous advocates of the highest caliber, devoted to the defense of the indigent and enforcing the Bill of Rights.

The starting date for the Amarillo position will ideally be in September 2019.

Job Description: An Assistant Federal Defender provides legal representation to clients charged with federal criminal offenses before federal magistrate and district courts in the Northern District of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Supreme Court of the United States. We practice at the highest level and attorneys with the office have argued four times before the Supreme Court of the United States. Most recently we won before the Court in a 5-4 decision in United States v. Davis, 139 S.Ct. 2319 (2019).

The typical caseload involves people charged with federal crimes ranging from possession of guns and drugs, immigration offenses, fraud, complex white collar fraud cases, and terrorism. Responsibilities include managing a caseload; preparing pleadings, motions and briefs; reviewing discovery documents, interviewing witnesses, developing litigation strategies, meeting with clients; working with experts; assisting CJA panel attorneys; and appearing on behalf of clients in court.

While Assistant Federal Public Defenders are solely responsible for most cases, our office culture is one of collaborative teamwork. If you are not able to work well with other lawyers, paralegals, investigators, legal assistants, and interns in the office in defending the indigent, then do not apply.

Travel is required. The Northern District of Texas covers a 96,000 square mile area and encompasses seven separate divisions. The Northern District runs from the tip of the Panhandle down through the plains of Lubbock to the big country of Abilene and San Angelo. The district boundary then turns east to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and up to Wichita Falls. You will be constantly collaborating with lawyers and support staff in other divisions and occasionally find yourself defending cases in all divisions of the Northern District of Texas.

Requirements and Qualifications: The Assistant Federal Public Defender must be 1) a graduate of an accredited law school; 2) admitted to practice in good standing before a state bar by November 2019; and 3) licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas no later than the initial hire date.

Federal criminal legal experience is preferred, but not required. Applicants must have strong writing and advocacy skills; an established capacity or demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense; a sterling reputation for personal and professional integrity; a commitment to the representation of indigent people; and an ability to work well in a team environment. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or a lawful permanent resident who is eligible to work in the U.S., and is either currently seeking U.S. Citizenship or intends to become a U.S. Citizen when eligible. Fluency in Spanish is very desirable.

Salary and Benefits: The position is full-time with federal benefits and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and comparable to that of Assistant U.S. Attorneys with similar qualifications and experience. The position is excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by direct deposit. A final offer of employment is subject to a background check.

Application Process: To apply, combine the following documents in a single Adobe PDF file and email them to TXN_Employment@fd.org:
  • A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications;
  • A resume;
  • References;
  • Law school transcripts; and
  • Representative writing sample.

Applications submitted by fax or mail will not be considered. Moreover, do not send your application directly to the Federal Public Defender via e-mail because he will promptly delete the e-mail. More than one position may be filled with this announcement.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.


ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX, Division

The Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender to be stationed in the Houston 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. Three to five years trial experience. Spanish language proficiency is preferred 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 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 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 19-03H), 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, contact Administrative Officer Laura Dusthimer at (713) 718-4600. More than one position may be filled with this announcement. Position announced June 12, 2019; open until filled.

Subject to the availability of funds

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Western District of Texas (Alpine)

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 19-11), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with three professional 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. No electronic submissions will be considered, this includes emails to the Defender. 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 June 27, 2019, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.


ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER

Wichita County Public Defender’s Office
Wichita Falls, Texa
s

Salary:
$5,157.16–$5,833.30 monthly (depending on qualifications)

Job Summary:
Provide legal representation of indigent adult defendants from initial detention through the appeal process, if necessary.

Essential Duties:
Provide legal representation of adults charged with class B misdemeanors and above. • Jail visits for bond issues / casework. •
Case consultations with clients.
Plea bargain negotiations.
Preparation of cases for trial.
Present oral arguments for Appellate Courts.
Research and file appellate briefs.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must have a minimum of three (1) years, experience in criminal law practice, or comparable civil experience or judicial research/clerking experience.
Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Must be a current member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.
Demonstrated interest in criminal law.
Possess public speaking and legal research and writing skills.
Capable of managing an active criminal trial case load.
Capable of operating in a multi-task working office.

Environmental Working Conditions:
Must be able to working in various work locations to include offices, courtrooms, and external environments.
Must be able to working in hostile environments, with hostile clients and opposing attorneys.
Must be able to work overtime hours, when necessary.
Must be physically able to occasionally lift and move loads weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
Must observe and comply with Wichita County’s no smoking policy in county-owned buildings, offices, vehicles, motor driven equipment and on property designated as no smoking areas.

APPLY TO:
James A. Rasmussen, Chief Public Defender,
Wichita County Courthouse Annex
600 Scott Street, Room 204
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
(940) 766-8199

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Wichita County Human Resources Office
900 7th Street, Room 132
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301-2441
(940) 766-8108
(940) 766-8277 FAX

Full County Job listing:
http://www.co.wichita.tx.us/Human_Resources/job_announcements/PDO%20Assistant%20Public%20Defender%20%202019-014.pdf

PUBLIC DEFENDER—TRIAL ATTORNEY

Salary: $60,963.99 annually
Location: El Paso, TX
Job Type: Full Time Regular
Department: Public Defender
Job Number: 2018-00477

Minimum Qualifications
Acceptable Experience and Education
Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Certificates and 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.

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 area assigned:
Public Defender's 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.

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.

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.

Additional Information
Minimum Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: County, state, and federal legal principles, practices, procedures regarding the court system; state and local statutes and codes; case law; rules of evidence; contract terminology and requirements; legal practices and procedures; legal terminology; department policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment; County organization, operations, policies and procedures; English usage, grammar, punctuation and spelling; techniques for effective interpersonal communications; modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment to include Windows and Microsoft based products.

Skill/Ability to: operate a personal computer and various software applications; conduct research, develop appropriate documentation, assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands to meet scheduled requirements; conduct legal research; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and customers to promote and support a productive work environment; defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions; work efficiently independently and in a team environment to meet established goals and objectives; communicate effectively in verbal and written forms to respond effectively to customers and staff; exercise initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines in performance of daily duties; use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; prepare clear, concise and comprehensive written reports; and establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted during the course of work. Pass a background investigation.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance:

  • Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
  • Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;
  • Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
  • Maintain strict confidentiality;
  • Project positive support of their department and all organizations receiving El Paso County service at all times; and,
  • Maintain and enhance the County's commitment to customer service excellence

Agency: County of El Paso
Address: 500 E. Overland, El Paso, Texas, 79901
Phone: 915-546-2218
Website: http://www.epcounty.com

RESEARCH AND WRITING SPECIALIST

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Western District of Texas (El Paso)

THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER for the Western District of Texas is accepting applications for the position of research and writing specialist 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:
The research and writing specialist position is an attorney position. Applicants must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school; and (2) admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state. Spanish-language fluency is preferred for this position. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including but not limited to an FBI name and fingerprint check.

Duties:
The primary duties of a research and writing specialist include: (1) drafting motions, memoranda, briefs, and petitions to be filed in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States; and (2) consulting with attorneys on legal issues arising in discovery, motion practice, trial, sentencing, and appeal. A research and writing specialist may be required to perform general paralegal duties, as well as other duties as assigned. The research and writing specialist is not an assistant federal public defender and does not ordinarily sign pleadings or make court appearances. The position requires occasional travel.

Selection Criteria:
The successful applicant for research and writing specialist 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, and court and agency personnel. The successful applicant will have strong legal research and word processing skills, will be able to analyze legal issues from complex records, and will write clearly and concisely. Appellate writing experience or experience in handling federal criminal cases is preferred.

Salary and Benefits:
The starting salary for a research and writing specialist falls within a range of $51,440 (JSP-9, Step 1) to $123,298 (JSP-15, Step 1). The salary of the successful applicant will be commensurate with the person’s 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, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).

Application Information:
Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 19-09), résumé, and representative writing sample. Legal 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. No electronic submissions will be considered, this includes emails to the Defender. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are determined 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 April 23, 2019 subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas is an equal opportunity employer.


Public Defenders

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks public defenders for its Beeville office who have a passion to aggressively represent low-income clients in criminal cases. The TRLA Beeville office provides legal services to the following counties in the coastal bend area of Texas: Live Oak, McMullen, Bee, Goliad, and Refugio. We have positions open for a lawyer with a Texas law license and experience in criminal trial practice, state courts. We also have open positions for attorneys newly licensed in Texas or law school graduates taking the July 2019 Texas Bar Exam.

TRLA operates one of the largest legal services programs in the country and is nationally recognized for high-quality, zealous advocacy for its clients. The public defender division handles 100% of the criminal court appointments docket in its service area, apart from conflicts that arise. We handle Class B and A misdemeanor charges, felonies, juvenile cases, and appeals. TRLA’s public defender program organizes its case assignment vertically. We assign an attorney [or attorneys] to a case at intake. That assignment continues until resolution.

Compensation, benefits, and training:

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent fringe benefits package including law school loan repayment. Graduates from law school typically start being paid the first week of June, but report to work after the bar exam in July. TRLA provides reimbursement for the bar application fee and bar preparation course.

TRLA Public Defenders utilize trial lawyer training programs at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Gideon’s Promise. TRLA provides trainings customized for specific needs of our team. As a member of TRLA Public Defenders, you will receive opportunities to train and learn from criminal defense trial lawyers throughout the country on various areas of expertise at no to low cost.

Qualifications and preferences:

Must be licensed to practice law in Texas, able to waive into the Texas bar, or willing to take the next available bar exam.

Preferred applicants have demonstrated an interest in providing justice to those who need it most, have strong academic credentials, are functionally fluent in Spanish, and want to live and work where the greatest need is in the TRLA service area.

TRLA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an equitable workplace.

Application process:

Step One—Apply online: https://trla.wufoo.com/forms/r18n7vw20gxf1kp/.

Step Two—Selected applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview.

Step Three—Typically, selected applicants will be invited to visit TRLA offices, meet with staff, and tour the service area. TRLA will provide travel, accommodations, and food throughout the visit.

Step Four—Selected applicants will be offered a position which if made in the winter often remains open until mid-April (near the deadline to apply to take the bar exam).

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