Assistant District Attorney IV Covid-19 Response Civil Division

Position: Dallas County Assistant District Attorney – CIVIL DIVISION (Grade IV). This position is in the Civil Division of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

Brief Description

The primary purpose of this position will be to review new or renewal contracts and grants related to COVID-19response. Contracts and grants involve vendors or services funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) or American Rescue Plan (ARP). This position will enable the Civil Section of the District Attorney’s Office to address the increase in the quantity of contractual agreements as a result of additional federal funding. This position may advise the County and its department on a variety of civil legal issues; represent the County in state and federal civil litigation matters and civil service grievance proceedings. With minimal supervision and oversight, performs advanced legal work in the area assigned. Work may involve litigation and legal research; drafting legal documents; and interpreting laws, rules, and regulations. Work is performed under general direction with authority to make tactical and legal decisions in connection with assigned cases OR prosecutes the more complex general or special-category felony cases in assigned court. Performs case evaluation, preparation, and management; represents the state in pre-trial and evidentiary hearings and jury/court trials; and ensures effective communications with defense attorneys, court personnel, victims and family members, witnesses, and other interested parties.

Detailed Description

Reviews new or renewal contracts and grants related to COVID-19 response; evaluates contracts and grants for compliance. Evaluates criminal complaints in order to decide whether or not to accept or reject the case for prosecution; determines the appropriate charge to be filed and prepares the required documentation for indictment. Evaluates assigned case or lawsuit by: • reviewing documentation, • conducting necessary legal research on applicable law, • interviewing witnesses or persons with knowledge of the case, • gathering evidence, and •determining most appropriate action(s) to be taken. Drafts, files and responds to necessary motions, briefs, or other legal documents for trial and/or hearing. Explains legal process to potential witnesses and prepares witnesses for court testimony and ensures client of victim/family kept informed on status of case. Gathers, prepares, and presents evidence, exhibits, and related material for trial or hearing. Represents the State or client in trial and hearings by: •conducting jury selection, • presenting opening statements, • conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and • presenting closing arguments. Negotiates settlements or plea-bargain. Obtains approval, if necessary, of plea-bargain agreement if reached. Prepares necessary legal document if settlement or plea-bargain agreement is reached and ensures proper signatures are secured and documents filed as required. Manages court docket and case schedules to ensure court deadlines are met and records and documentation are accurate and up to date. Trains or assists in training Attorneys I, II, and III. May advise the County and its department on a variety of civil legal issues; represent the County in state and federal civil litigation matters and civil service grievance proceedings. On an as needed basis, may perform some of the duties of the Section Chief on a short-term temporary basis. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Graduation from an accredited law school with a current license to practice law in the State of Texas. Two (2) years and six (6) months of experience practicing law. Experience as lead prosecutor for all levels of felony offenses, serving as lead counsel in conjunction with civil litigation, or extensive appellate work on direct appeals is required. Requires a current license to practice law in the State of Texas. Normal office environment. Disclaimer: This is an “at will” position with no civil service or other appellate rights. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Additional Details

An extensive pre-employment background investigation will be conducted on all applicants who have been offered a position with Dallas County. The hiring process involves successful completion of each step. The steps include: Criminal History Review, Traffic Violations Record, Review of Personal History Statement and Documents, Physical Examination, and Background Investigation. Dallas County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, National Service Alumni volunteers, and persons with a criminal background are encouraged to apply.

Annual Salary Range: $98,786.04 – $118,495.32 (commensurate with qualifications and experience) plus benefits.

Submit resumes and cover letters to:

Tammy Bowen, Office Manager
Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
Records Building
500 Elm Street, Suite 6300
Dallas, Texas 75202-3299
[email protected]

You may also apply online at:

Position – ATTORNEY IV – COVID-19 RESPONSE.7038800

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.