Job Openings

Post-Conviction Attorney

Posting date: March 21, 2018
Closing date: Until filled
Job listing number: 215-18-03
Location: Austin, TX
State Classification/Salary Step: B21 ($55,000 to $75,000, depending on qualifications)
Travel required: Yes (25%)

The Texas Office of Capital & Forensic Writs (OCFW) is hiring a staff attorney to represent death-sentenced clients in post-conviction proceedings. The OCFW represents persons sentenced to death in Texas in state habeas and related proceedings. 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.

OCFW seeks applicants who take initiative, respond to rapidly changing demands with flexibility, and have a demonstrated track record of working well under pressure. Teamwork is a critical part of client representation, so candidates must have skill and comfort working collaboratively with colleagues. Frequent travel is required.

Job Description
Represent clients on their initial and/or subsequent state post-conviction applications for writ of habeas corpus and related proceedings. Duties include: 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);
  • 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:

  • Prior capital trial, appellate or post-conviction experience;
  • Familiarity with criminal and capital constitutional jurisprudence;
  • 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 working with low-income communities and communities of color, and a keen awareness of the class and racial issues present in the criminal justice system;
  • A demonstrated understanding of, or willingness to learn about, capital mitigation and mental-health issues;
  • Fluency in Spanish.

To apply:

Please email the following materials to Ben Wolff (benjamin.wolff@ocfw.texas.gov): (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a writing sample; (4) a list of references; and (5) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment (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.

Attorney Advisor

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA is seeking talented, experienced legal experts for an Attorney Advisor position in Washington, D.C.

Position Responsibilities
In this position, you will serve as an Attorney Advisor for the Office of Chief Counsel and will be responsible for developing FEMA agency regulations. Assignments include:

  • Coordinating the development and drafting of FEMA regulations and providing legal counsel on the Administrative Procedure Act implications of FEMA draft regulations;
  • Serving as project manager on FEMA rulemaking projects;
  • Conducting Administrative Procedure Act analyses for FEMA regulations and policies; and
  • Working with the DHS Office of General Counsel, OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and the Office of the Federal Register on FEMA rulemakings, policies, and Federal Register notices.

Experience and Requirements

  • A J.D. or LL.B. degree from an ABA accredited law school;
  • An active membership, in good standing, of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;
  • At least two (2) years of full-time professional legal experience gained after being admitted to the bar;
  • Experience using the Administrative Procedure Act, Executive Order 12866, as revised (Regulatory Planning and Review), and other Federal agency rule-making requirements and procedures;
  • Experience developing and drafting Federal agency rules; and
  • Strong legal writing and verbal communication skills.

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executive director

Metropolitan Public Defender
Portland, Oregon


Job Summary
Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) seeks a full-time Executive Director to lead every aspect of the largest public defender in Oregon, operating primarily in Multnomah and Washington Counties. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. In addition, the Executive Director also represents the agency in contracting with the State of Oregon for public defense funds and on work groups involving the operation of the justice system. The right candidate will define, with input from staff and the Board of Trustees, a vision for the future and the plans necessary to accomplish them. Applications will be accepted through April 9, 2018, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.

Job Requirements
  • Demonstrated understanding of the operation and management of nonprofit organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for marginalized communities and an understanding of root causes of injustice and oppression.
  • Significant experience working with criminal justice stakeholders.
  • A reputable leader with strong ties to historically marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of intersectional oppression.
  • A commitment to supporting creative solutions for system improvement and the demonstrated ability to think creatively about public defense.
  • Current Oregon State Bar membership or willingness to take the state bar by February 2019 or attain bar membership through reciprocity.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • At least 5 years of experience in indigent
About MPD

MPD has been on the cutting edge of public defense since its inception in 1971, with the goal of providing quality legal representation for people living in poverty. Formed as a non-profit law firm, it contracts with the State of Oregon for indigent defense services. MPD was the first public defender organization under this system. In Multnomah County, it was formative in creating one of the first drug courts in the nation and had some of the first alternative sentencing advocates in the nation. MPD is currently involved in a harm reduction diversion program, a “treatment first” program to de-felonize and divert all illegal drug possession cases, a Clean Slate program to retroactively remove fines and fees, a Justice Reinvestment project that shifts the discussion on presumptive prison cases to the needs of the defendant, and a Community Law office that expands the definition and goals of public defense. In the adjacent community of Washington County, MPD has been at the forefront of protecting basic constitutional rights and tirelessly advocates for a fair and just system.

MPD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm that provides public defense, including criminal cases from misdemeanors to capital murder, juvenile cases from delinquency to dependency, mental health cases from civil commitments to mental health courts, and specialty projects from drug courts to community court. Responsible for more than 15,000 cases a year. MPD has the primary public defense contracts in Multnomah and Washington counties as well as the largest capital defense contract in the state.

Staff is comprised of more than 130 attorneys, legal assistants, investigators, alternative sentencing advocates, social workers, front office staff, data integrity specialists and executive administration.

Location
The office of the Executive Director is located in the Multnomah County office with the rest of the executive administration team. However, the Executive Director is expected to regularly be present in the Washington County office. Moreover, the Capital and Community Law departments of MPD have much broader geographical footprints, handling cases throughout the state.

Salary/Benefits
Salary depends on experience. Generous benefits package offered.

How to Apply
Prospective Employees should follow this link to our Human Resources Information System called Workforce Ready: https://www.mpdlaw.com/?q=Executive%20Director.

You will be asked to create a username and password for use on this system. It is recommended that you provide an active/valid e-mail account as that will be the main source of communication regarding your status within the process. Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter, resume and reference list into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. All external applicants are required to complete the online application including work history and educational details (if applicable), even when attaching a resume. The final step is to attach your applicant profile to the Executive Director position.

For questions, please contact Kristine Constans at Kconstan@mpdlaw.com

MPD is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

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


THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, Western District of Texas, is accepting applications for the position of assistant federal public defender to be stationed in the Austin 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 18-08), 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, 504 Lavaca St., Suite 960, Austin, Texas 78701-2860. 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 February 9, 2018, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

PARALEGAL OR ASSISTANT PARALEGAL

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


THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, Western District of Texas, is accepting applications for the position of paralegal or assistant paralegal to be stationed in the Austin 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
To be considered for a paralegal position, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or have a paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program. Spanish-language fluency is required for this position. Candidates must also possess:

  • a strong legal, administrative, or paralegal background;
  • excellent organization, communication, and administrative skills;
  • computer proficiency with word processing, email, legal research, and database maintenance, using Word and other Windows-based applications;
  • excellent command of English grammar and spelling;
  • the ability to work collegially; and
  • integrity, character, and good judgment.

To be considered for an assistant paralegal position, a person must be a high school graduate, and have at least two years of paralegal or comparable experience, or an educational substitute. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Spanish-language fluency is required for this position. Candidates must also possess:

  • a working knowledge of law office operations, legal practices, methods and techniques, mental health issues, and capital legal system;
  • an understanding of paralegal and secretarial duties in a legal environment;
  • the skill and judgment in the analysis of assignments;
  • an understanding of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence;
  • experience as a paralegal performing progressively responsible paralegal duties;
  • the ability to work collegially; and
  • integrity, character, and good judgment.

Duties
The paralegal and assistant paralegal performs legal and administrative duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents that include cite checking, draft motions and orders in criminal cases, and maintain electronic case files and databases. Paralegals and assistant paralegals assist the assistant federal public defenders in the daily activities of the office, performing duties that include assisting with case file management; gathering, organizing, summarizing and indexing of electronic and paper documents and other discovery materials. Paralegals also assist attorneys at hearings and trials; with client contact; interviewing witnesses; provide litigation support services using advanced software programs; and other duties as assigned. The full position qualifications statement with position description is available upon request.

Selection Criteria
The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of law office operations, legal practices, methods and techniques, and an understanding of criminal law, procedure and evidence. Prior federal court litigation experience is preferred. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

Salary and Benefits
The starting salary of a paralegal salary will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant, within a range from JSP-11, Step 1, to JSP-14, Step 1, and currently yielding $61,929 to $104,304 per annum. The starting salary of an assistant paralegal will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant at JSP-9, Step 1, and currently yielding $51,186 per annum. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. This 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
Persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement 18-09), résumé, and writing sample, along with 3 references to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 504 Lavaca St., Suite 960, Austin, Texas 78701-2860. No electronically submitted applications will be considered. 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 February 8, 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)


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 18-06), 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 February 9, 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 (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
A research and writing specialist is an attorney position. Applicants must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school; (2) admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state; and (3) licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas by the first day of duty. 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 number 16-14), 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. 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 re-announced February 9, 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 (El Paso)

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 open until filled.

Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

Attorney: Staff Public Defender—Rio Grande City

The TRLA Texas Rural Defender Service seeks an entry-level attorney for its office serving Starr County. The Starr Regional Public Defender Program, from its office in Rio Grande City, serves Starr, Jim Hogg and Duval Counties. This position will be located in the TRLA office in Rio Grande City. With caseload controls, staff investigators and a solid litigation budget, the program emphasizes zealous, holistic advocacy in a rural environment. The program costs are split equally between the state and the participating counties.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, with 175 attorneys, is the largest federally-funded civil legal services program in the nation, covering a 68-county service area in Southwest Texas. Indigent defense services through the TRLA non-profit corporation began approximately ten years ago, and have now been extended to 8 counties. The non-profit arrangement establishes a strong measure of independence for defender staff, backed by a firm with a strong national reputation for vigorous advocacy. TRLA provides its defender clients the full range of representation, both civil and criminal, including advice on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. A mental health component has recently been added to the program.

TRLA is an equal opportunity employer and provides a comprehensive range of employee benefits, including health care coverage, law school loan repayment benefits, continuing legal education and training, and a 401k pension program.

The primary responsibilities are:

  • Serve as lead counsel of record in up to 228 misdemeanor cases per year;
  • Assist more experienced lawyers in felony and juvenile cases; and
  • Try cases to a verdict.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Texas or willing to take the next available Texas bar exam;
  • Preference for an attorney who is professionally functional in the Spanish language;
  • Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and legal research software; and
  • Completion of six hours of continuing legal education in criminal law within the twelve months preceding service as a Public Defender staff attorney.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org.


Attorney: Staff Public Defender—BEEVILLE

TRLA seeks an experienced, felony-qualified attorney for its Regional Public Defender office in Beeville. The Bee Regional Public Defender Program, from its office in Beeville, serves Bee, Live Oak, and McMullen Counties, and will soon serve Refugio County as well. With caseload controls, staff investigators and a solid litigation budget, the program emphasizes zealous advocacy in a rural environment. The program costs are split equally between the state and the participating counties.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, with 175 attorneys, is the largest civil legal services program in the nation, covering a 68-county service area in Southwest Texas. Indigent defense services through the TRLA non-profit corporation began approximately ten years ago, and have now been extended to 8 counties. The non-profit arrangement establishes a strong measure of independence for defender staff, backed by a firm with a strong national reputation for zealous advocacy. TRLA provides its defender clients the full range of representation, both civil and criminal, including advice on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. A mental health component is being added to the program in the fall.

The primary responsibilities are:

  • Serve as lead counsel of record in up to 50 felony cases, 100 misdemeanor cases, and 10 juvenile cases per year;
  • Mentor less experienced attorneys in the program; and
  • Try cases to a verdict.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Texas or willing to take the next available Texas bar exam;
  • One year of criminal litigation experience or comparable academic or clinical experience in criminal law;
  • Have served as lead counsel in at least 5 felony trials before a jury;
  • Preference for an attorney who is professionally functional in the Spanish language;
  • Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and legal research software; and
  • Completion of six hours of continuing legal education in criminal law within the twelve months preceding service as a Public Defender staff attorney.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org.


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