Assistant District Attorney – Civil Division

Description of Work

General Definition:  Serves as Assistant District Attorney handling all civil matters for the Fannin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.  Proposed start date of November 1, 2022.

Supervision received:  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Criminal District Attorney.


Salary is set by level of experience.  Benefits include MCLE costs, bar dues, generous retirement, vacation and sick leave, and health insurance.


Must be a graduate of an accredited law school, licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and be in good standing with the State Bar.  Applicants must have good communication skills in legal writing, legal research, and negotiation and computer literacy.  Applicants must have a working knowledge of the Texas Codes of Civil and Criminal Procedure, and applicable portions of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Texas Family Code, Texas Property Code, Texas Government Code, Local Government Code and other relevant code sections as required in criminal prosecution.  Must have dependable transportation with insurance as an additional covered party for required trips to various offices and court locations throughout Fannin County without reimbursement or other consideration.

4-5 years civil experience and bilingual (Spanish) is preferred, but not required.

Examples of Duties

  • Assist the Criminal District Attorney by advising and providing legal counsel to the Fannin County Commissioners Court and other Fannin County offices, and by corresponding and collaborating with other legal counsels related to litigation and matters involving the Fannin County Commissioners Court;
  • Advise and assist CDA, other ADAs and office staff in all current civil legal matters; and serve as a legal resource for the Fannin County Judge, Fannin County Commissioners Court, Fannin County department heads and staff on administrative matters and all current civil legal matters including but not limited to employment law, election law, county government, civil litigation, Public Information Act, real estate transactions, health and safety matters, economic development, tax law, contract law, etc.;
  • Participate in development, planning and implementation of legal programs, policies and objectives for Fannin County including those pertaining to variety of civil matters including:  civil rights, civil liability matters, administrative matters, public security and emergency management, technology issues and date storage and sharing issues, and employment matters;
  • Perform research, review and analysis for all legal matters assigned to civil division.  Monitor the progress of civil cases filed and prepare all court documents including drafting motions, responses, and briefs.  Prepare all civil cases for hearing by subpoenaing and preparing witnesses, organizing evidence, conduct in court examination, handling all negotiations with other counsel or entities in civil matters assigned, handling all appellate work pertaining to civil matters and post-conviction writs;
  • Represent the State and Fannin County in all bond forfeitures in County and District Court and sit as designee on and act as general counsel for the Fannin County Bail Bond Board;
  • Represent the State and Fannin County is all asset seizure cases in District Court and all property hearings related to items taken as evidence in criminal investigations;
  • Respond to criminal open records requests and request Attorney General rulings when required;
  • Represent the State, Fannin county, and private citizens in applying for Emergency Orders of Detention and Orders of Protective Custody in mental health cases; work with the local mental health authority to ensure defendants and arrestees receive mental health treatment and services; and prepare for and represent the State on all mental health commitment hearings;
  • Represent the State as a member of the Fannin County Mental Health Court;
  • Represent the State and assist its citizens in coordination with the Fannin County Crisis Center and the Victim Assistance Coordinator in preparing and applying for Family Violence Protective Orders, Stalking or Sexual Assault Protective Orders and presenting the State at all associated hearings.  Represent the State the preparing for and conducting all expunction and nondisclosure petitions, truancy petitions and hearings, property hearings, and animal seizure warrants;
  • Provide correspondence, training and lectures for law enforcement agencies, civic organizations, and advocate and community groups; respond to citizen inquiries regarding legal issues and current cases;
  • Coordinate with Fannin County ADAs, other district attorney’s offices, and law enforcement agencies when civil matter cases overlap with related criminal matters.
  • Assist Criminal District Attorney’s Office in efforts to obtain grants and other funding by drafting documentation and direction the application process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Criminal District Attorney.

Future Duties May Include

Representing the State in cases involving the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services including Child Protective Services.  These duties would require a working knowledge of the Texas Family Code.

Fannin County is located approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour northeast of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.  The Fannin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is located at 800 East Second Street, Bonham, Texas 75418.  Phone 903-583-7448; Fax 903-583-7682.

Please fax or email your resume and a cover letter to Criminal District Attorney Richard E. Glaser.  Email to [email protected].