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

Entry Salary: $67,000 – 73,000 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 Department of Family and Protective Services caseworkers 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 or awaiting July 2022 bar results

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Diplomatic and able to recommend and implement creative solutions
  • Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive legal documents
  • Ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • 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 computer, telephone, copy machine, and fax machine

Physical Demands

Employee may occasionally be required to lift, carry, push, pull, or move objects weighing up to 15 pounds.

Work Environment

Work is done indoors in an environmentally controlled room, smoke free office. There are four other child protection attorneys available to assist. The employee will be supported by an investigator and four support staff.


  • Employee medical and dental insurance
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Free employee health clinic
  • Retirement with generous county match
  • 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


Applicants can email resume to Office Manager, Donna Grant at [email protected]