Assistant County Attorney – Civil

EMPLOYER: Aransas County

Location: Rockport, TX

Effective Date: January 1, 2021

Salary: Depends on experience and begins at $79,706.71

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

The Aransas County Attorney Elect is accepting applications for an Assistant County Attorney – Civil, with an effective start date of January 1, 2021. Interested applicants may submit a resume through the online portal or at the Human Resources office located at 2840 Hwy 35 N., Rockport, TX

SUMMARY OF POSITION

ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY, Including felony jurisdiction. Provides support to the County Attorney in performing all duties related to defense representation of the County or County officials in civil litigation, tort claims, civil rights claims/Section 1983 litigation, employment claims and other civil issues, including discovery, mediations, trials and appeals.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Reports to:  County Attorney
  2. Other:    Frequent communication with outside agencies and County officials, including the Commissioners Court and its department heads, the Sheriff’s Office and other elected officials, County employees, attorneys, opposing attorneys, the County Attorney and other Civil Division Personnel

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  EXAMPLES OF WORK

  • Provides counsel to County officials on legal inquiries;
  • Conducts legal research and analysis in preparation for legal opinions to County officials, briefs in litigation or Attorney General Opinion requests;
  • Performs work on mental health matters and litigation related to representing the State in mental health civil commitment cases;
  • Responds to or provides advice on Rule 12 and Public Information Act requests and, when necessary, prepares requests for rulings with legal briefs for submission to the Attorney General’s Office;
  • Attends all meetings at request of County Attorney or the Commissioners’ Court;
  • Reviews ordinances, resolutions and contracts as to legal form;
  • Provides legal advice as to substance;
  • Assists in drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, deeds, leases, franchises, etc.;
  • Reviews documents prepared by other agencies or parties;
  • Provides counsel and representation in litigation related to bond forfeitures;
  • Provides representation in guardianship cases related to Texas Health and Human Services and Adult Protective Services matters;
  • Performs related projects as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Candidates should be proficient in electronic legal research.  
  • Candidates should possess superior communications skills.
  • Knowledge of Civil Procedure and discovery rules and deadlines.  
  • Civil jury trial experience.  
  • Abilities to manage a considerable docket of active cases and consistently satisfy deadlines in the face of competing time demands are essential functions of the position.  
  • The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate these skills and perform these functions with minimal direction from the County Attorney

Skill/Ability to: 

  • Must pass UA screening furnished by the County.
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 
  • Ability to work in an office environment and interact effectively with others.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  1. Doctorate in Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.  
  2. Minimum of two (2) years of experience as an assistant county or district attorney, city attorney or other governmental attorney with experience in areas related to the job duties; or three (3) years of civil litigation experience as an attorney in the relevant areas of civil litigation/claims or three (3) years of experience in general civil law and civil practice areas.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED

  1. Must be currently licensed by the State Bar to practice law and in good standing. 

Physical Demands

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Regularly required to sit, bend, kneel, walk, stand, reach, and move objects weighing up to 20 lbs.
  • Mainly indoor activity. 
  • Significant contact with the public, crime victims, witnesses, persons accused/convicted of crimes, police officers, and other law enforcement /courthouse personnel.
  • For the purpose of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendment Act, this job description does not take into account potential reasonable accommodations.                                                           

Please send resume, cover letter and references to [email protected], apply online at http://aransascountytx.gov or Aransas County, HR Department, 2840 Hwy 35 N., Rockport, TX  78382. For more information, call Aransas County Human Resources at 361-790-0135.