Assistant Criminal District Attorney

Location: Abilene, Texas
Job Title: Assistant Criminal District Attorney-CPS and Civil
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Salary: Based on Experience
Closed: Until Filled
Supervisor: Criminal District Attorney


As an assistant criminal district attorney in the civil division, you will manage approximately 20% of Child Protective Services (CPS) cases in Taylor County and 20% of family violence and sexual assault protective order applications. Details about the Taylor County CPS caseload can be explored at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  Advise investigators of the Department of Family and Protective Services as to what legal action is appropriate regarding children who have been abused or neglected.

  Manage all aspects of pending litigation including but not limited to: drafting pleadings and orders, completing discovery, and representing the Department at all assigned hearings and trials.

  Evaluate protective order applications in a timely manner and prosecute as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications, Education and Licenses

  Must have a J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school

  Must be licensed with the State Bar of Texas (February 2022 bar takers will be considered)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  •   Knowledge of family law is preferred, but not required. The case load will be assigned immediately with support.
  •   The ideal candidate will be diplomatic and able to recommend and implement creative solutions
  •   Mastery of the Rules of Evidence is essential
  •   Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, county officials, the court system, and the general public
  •   Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  •   Ability to use a personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet programs and data entry; calculator, telephone, copy machine and fax machine

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to handle or feel objects or tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Employee may occasionally be required to lift, carry, push, pull, or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

Work is primarily done indoors in an environmentally controlled room, smoke free office.


  •   Employee medical and dental insurance
  •   Paid life and disability insurance
  •  Retirement
  •  Paid vacation and sick time

How to Apply

Applicants can mail resume to James Hicks, Taylor County Criminal District Attorney, Attention: Donna Grant, 300 Oak, Suite 300, Abilene, Texas 79602 or applicants can email resume to Office Manager, Donna Grant at [email protected]