Assistant District Attorney – CPS/Civil

LOCATION:       Criminal District Attorney’s Office

Wichita County Courthouse

SUPERVISOR:    Criminal District Attorney / First Assistant District Attorney 

HOURS:              8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (Additional hours may be required)

SALARY:            $62,886.00-$78,529.00 per year, plus benefits

  POSTING DATE:      December 20, 2021   CLOSING DATE:     Open Until Filled  

►  GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Serves as an Assistant District Attorney in the Wichita County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – handling Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), and mental health cases and other civil duties as assigned.

►  ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Provides direct representation in court in legal cases for both Child Protective Services and to a lesser degree Adult Protective Services before the CPS Associate Court, County Courts at Law and District Courts, including hearings, mediations, bench trials, and jury trials.
  • Provides expertise, guidance and instruction in family law, civil litigation, probate law, guardianship law, elder law and agency policy.
  • Monitors the progress of all CPS/APS court cases as assigned and takes appropriate measures.
  • Drafts all pleadings and orders in a high-volume case load to ensure the timely and appropriate resolution of those cases from removal to termination.
  • Complies with all deadlines imposed by statutes or the courts.
  • Interacts routinely with caseworkers, supervisors, program directors and program administrators; agency attorneys, county and district attorneys, and opposing counsel; judges; agency clients, witnesses, medical professionals, community professionals, and expert witnesses; protective services clients; elected officials; law enforcement; and the general public.
  • Review and approve pleadings, attend hearings, and draft appellate briefs in mental health cases.
  • Respond to request for public information in compliance with the Public Information Act.
  • Maintains assigned cases, supervises secretaries in preparation of paperwork, checks all pleadings for accuracy, makes timely issue of applications for subpoenas and prepares and files motions promptly and accurately.
  • Complies with and enforces the rules, regulations and policies of the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, the oral and written directives of his/her supervisors and the Texas Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • Is of extremely high integrity, professional demeanor and demonstrates proper respect to the court at all times.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

►  MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a graduate of an A.B.A. accredited law school.
  • Must have a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be in good standing with the State and local bar associations.
  • Must have a basic knowledge of civil law, procedure and civil rules of evidence.
  • Must have knowledge of the principals and methods of legal research.
  • Must have the ability to analyze facts and case precedents and present them effectively in court.
  • Must be able to conduct self in a professional manner and develop and maintain good working relationships with visitors, clients, co-workers, attorneys, judges and County officials.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical exam and drug test paid by Wichita County.
  • Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by Wichita County.

►  CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must be able to occasionally lift and move loads weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • The Criminal District Attorney’s Office is a non-smoking environment.
  • START DATE:  Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

►  APPLY TO:

To be considered for employment, please submit your completed Wichita County Employment Application, cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to:

Office of the Criminal District Attorney

Wichita County, Texas

ATTN: LaDonna Bedford

900 7th Street, Suite 352

Wichita Falls, Texas 76301