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Attorney I - IV (Special Project)

at Travis County (TX)

Posted: 2/26/2019
Job Status: Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2226685
Categories: Legal
Keywords: legal, contracts, law

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

Serves as an Assistant Public Defender practicing Juvenile Law.
 
Distinguishing Characteristics:
Attorney I: This is the first in a series of seven attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family. This classification handles cases and matters that are the least complex and may result in the least serious consequences with supervision.

Attorney II: This is the second in a series of seven attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family. This classification handles cases and matters that are the least complex and may result in the least serious consequences without supervision.

Attorney III: This is the third in a series of seven attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family. This classification handles cases and matters that are the least complex and may result in the least serious consequences without supervision and handles cases and matters that are moderately complex and may result in moderately severe consequences with supervision.

Attorney IV: This is the fourth in a series of seven attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family. This classification handles cases and matters that are moderately complex without supervision, handles cases and matters that may result in the least severe consequences without supervision, and handles cases and matters that may result in moderately severe consequences with supervision.
 
Salary Information:
Attorney I Minimum Salary: $59,466.58 Annually
Attorney II Minimum Salary: $63,638.43 Annually
Attorney III Minimum Salary: $72,861.57 Annually
Attorney IV Minimum Salary: $77,956.63 Annually

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as an Assistant Public Defender practicing Juvenile Law for the Juvenile Public Defender.
  • Performs legal research. Searches resources and studies legal records and documents to obtain information applicable to case or issue under consideration.
  • Drafts briefs, motions, orders, subpoenas, contracts and other legal documents, as well as correspondence and reports.
  • Oversees the creation and issuance of legal documents, including subpoenas, motions, orders, writs and warrants.
  • Represents the Juvenile Public Defender in court proceedings.
  • Takes depositions and responds to discovery requests. Oversees the creation and issuance of legal documents, including subpoenas, motions, orders, writs, warrants, contracts, official policies and other related documents. Represents the State at docket calls.
  • Prepares cases for trial. Collects, organizes and prepares evidence, information and other legal materials.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:
Attorney I: J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school.
Attorney II: J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school and law school and 18 months licensed attorney work experience.
Attorney III: J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school and law school and 3 years licensed attorney work experience.
Attorney IV: J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school and law school and 4 years licensed attorney work experience.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Please attach resume to application.

Preferred:
Bilingual in English and Spanish

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Jurisprudence, criminal and civil law and procedures, including constitutional and statutory law.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Methods and practices of pleading cases and of effective techniques for presentation of cases in court or to effectively present facts and precedents verbally and in writing in law related matters.
  • Policies, practices, procedures and legal terminology related to court system.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
  • May be required to develop knowledge of and adhere to federal and state laws requiring the confidential handling of certain health information.
Skill in:
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Analyzing and appraising facts, policies, procedures and legal precedents in area of specialty.
  • Both verbal and written communication, including presentations.
Ability to:
  • Conduct legal research and analysis, both manually and electronically.
  • Present facts, precedents and arguments verbally and in writing and apply negotiation skills.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Work independently.
  • Manage time well and perform multiple tasks, and organize diverse activities.
  • Work well under pressure and exercise tact in trying situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday

This position is a special project worker currently funded through September 30, 2019.

Department: Juvenile Public Defender

Location: 2201 Post Rd., Austin

Criminal Background Check Required.