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Attorney VI—directeor

State Counsel for Offenders
Closes: 07-17-2018
Job Posting No: 015077SC
Salary: GR. B29, $125,554.68 (Annually)
Location: Huntsville, TX

Job Summary
Performs highly advanced attorney work. Work involves directing and planning legal activities; overseeing the preparation of legal documents; overseeing hearings; interpreting laws and regulations; rendering legal advice and counsel; and planning, assigning and supervising the work of others. Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Functions
A. Provides legal direction, guidance, advice, and counsel; directs the activities of staff within the State Counsel for Offenders program areas; assists with the overall legal policy strategy to bring successful resolution to litigation matters; and assists in resolving substantive and procedural issues.
B. Advises on legal matters and the interpretation and application of rulings, laws, and regulations; formulates, coordinates, and establishes policies and procedures; directs the preparations of budgets and provides final approval; and recommends staffing and funding for program activities.
C. Reviews drafts of laws, rules, and regulations affecting agency operations and bills and amendments for legislative consideration; oversees administrative, regulatory, evidentiary, and enforcement hearings; evaluates findings and develops strategies and arguments in preparation for cases and appeals; and oversees the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, subpoenas, reports, and other legal documents.
D. Represents the agency at business meetings, hearings, trials, legislative sessions, conferences, and seminars or on boards, panels, and committees; testifies at hearings, trials, and legislative meetings; provides liaison for other local, state, or federal agencies; and responds to public inquiries regarding program areas.
E. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others; and provides training, guidance, and technical assistance to attorneys and staff. 

* Performs a variety of marginal duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
A. Education, Experience, and Training 

  1. Graduation from a law school accredited by an organization recognized by the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an LLB or JD degree.
  2. Nine years full-time, wage-earning experience as a licensed attorney to include civil and criminal law.
  3. Five years full-time, wage-earning experience in the supervision of employees.
  4. Experience as a legal counsel in a governmental agency preferred.
  5. Must maintain a current, active license to practice law in the State of Texas during employment with TDCJ through the State Bar of Texas or other appropriate Texas licensing authority.

B. Knowledge and Skills

  1. Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings.
  2. Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
  3. Knowledge of the practice of criminal, civil, and constitutional law in state, appellate, and federal courts.
  4. Knowledge of agency, local, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, and statutes relevant to the practice of law.
  5. Knowledge of state government and the components of the state criminal justice system preferred.
  6. Knowledge of agency and departmental organizational structure, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations preferred.
  7. Skill to communicate ideas and instructions clearly and concisely.
  8. Skill to coordinate with other staff, departments, officials, agencies, organizations, and the public.
  9. Skill in administrative problem-solving techniques.
  10. Skill to review technical data and prepare technical reports.
  11. Skill in public address.
  12. Skill to direct, organize, and evaluate legal program operations.
  13. Skill to analyze legal problems, interpret laws, rules, and regulations, and prepare opinions and briefs.
  14. Skill to review and evaluate the impact of procedures, statutes, rules, regulations, policies, judgements, legislation, and litigation.
  15. Skill to plan, assign, and supervise others.
  16. Skill to interpret and translate Spanish to English and English to Spanish preferred.

Additional Requirements with or without Reasonable Accommodation
A. Ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, push, stoop, reach above the shoulder, grasp, pull, bend repeatedly, identify colors, hear with aid, see, write, count, read, speak, analyze, alphabetize, lift and carry under 15 lbs., perceive depth, operate a motor vehicle, and operate motor equipment.
B. Conditions include working inside, working around machines with moving parts and moving objects, radiant and electrical energy, working closely with others, working alone, working protracted or irregular hours, and traveling by car, van, bus, and airplane.
C. Equipment (machines, tools, devices) used in performing only the essential functions include computer and related equipment, calculator, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile.

Additional information may be found here.


research and writing specialist

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Western District of Texas (Del Rio)
Position Announcement 18-07

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 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:
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. 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 $50,598 (JSP-9, Step 1) to $121,280 (JSP-15, Step 1). The salary of the successful applicant will 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).

How to Apply:
Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement 18-07), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with 3 references. 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. 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 June 18, 2018 subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

research and writing specialist

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Western District of Texas (Del Rio)
Position Announcement 18-13

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 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:
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. 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 $50,598 (JSP-9, Step 1) to $121,280 (JSP-15, Step 1). The salary of the successful applicant will 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).

How to Apply:
Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement 18-13), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with 3 references. Legal 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. No electronic submissions will be considered. 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 June 18, 2018 subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

Office of the Federal Public Defender Western District of Texas (Del Rio)

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 18-12), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with three 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 May 17, 2018, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

paralegal

Trichter & LeGrand, P.C.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (one-hour lunch)
Days: Monday - Friday
Location: 420 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007

Overview:
Prominent criminal defense law firm, specializing in DWIs, has an immediate opening for a full-time Paralegal.

Duties / Responsibilities:
Will be responsible for the support of one attorney. Essential duties include maintaining the attorney’s calendar by docketing all hearings, meetings, and deadlines. Paralegal will take client phone calls and contact clients when necessary, help draft court and legal documents, be responsible for e-filing, and e-discovery. Duties also include processing and recording client’s payments, maintaining confidential files, processing of correspondence, copying, filing, general clerical duties, and data entry. Various supportive duties, including tasks such as preparing reports, responding to requests for information, and making travel arrangements.

Requirements:
Experience in criminal law is preferred, but not a must. Our ideal candidate will be responsible, highly organized, and detail oriented. Must have excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, proficient in Microsoft Office applications and be a team player. Must have an ability to use e-mail and preform legal research. Highly skilled candidate will be a self-motivated, quick learner who has experience typing and must be able to type at least 55 wpm for some light dictation at times. Must have knowledge of legal terminology and process.

Other Skills / Qualifications:
This position requires an impeccable work ethic that includes separation of personal and business life, must be punctual, dependable, demonstrating high attention to detail, with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Qualified candidates must be resourceful, professional, and understand the importance of confidentiality.

Benefits:
Health insurance after 30 days; eligible for 401k after 1 year, eligible for 2 weeks paid vacation and 5 personal/sick days after 1 year; salary will be based on experience with a 6-month review.

Contact:
If you’re interested in joining our team and would like to be considered, please submit your resume and salary expectations to Jessica Ingle: jessica@texasdwilaw.com.

assistant public defender

General Description
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. Primary responsibility will be to handle the misdemeanor case load and juvenile case load. Additional responsibilities will be to assist in felony trial preparation and trials and consulting with felony clients. Ability to prepare legal documents and pleadings. Other duties assigned by the Chief Public Defender.

Educational Requirements

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent
  • Current active membership in the State Bar of Texas and in good standing with State Bar.

Salary Range
To be determined based upon experience.

Other Benefits
Paid medical insurance
Texas County and District Retirement Program
County 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
Monthly Travel Allowance
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.

Application will be accepted until the position is filled.

investigator

General Description
Under direction, to interview witnesses, clients and victims in the conduct of investigations; to obtain, preserve, record and analyze evidence for the defense of clients represented by the Public Defender’s Office; and to do other work as required.

The Investigator is expected to exercise a high degree of initiative and independent judgment in securing information while conducting investigations of felony and misdemeanor charges. This person could be required to be available for 24-hour on-call assignments.

Prefer prior law enforcement experience. Prefer at least three (3) years of substantial criminal investigative experience or related education, training and/or investigative experience which provides the knowledge and skill requirements.

Salary Range
To be determined based upon experience.

Other Benefits
Paid medical insurance
Texas County and District Retirement Program 
County 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 
Monthly Travel Allowance
Yearly training as required 

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.

Application will be accepted until the position is filled.

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