Attorney I

ATTORNEY I – BODY WORN CAMERA

THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED!

SALARY: 62,320.00 – 77,900.00 Salary USD

Attorney I/Body Worn Camera Attorney

The Arlington City Attorney’s Office is seeking a motivated, self-disciplined, and energetic attorney to respond to and make legal arguments related to requests made under the Texas Public Information Act including requests for police body worn camera footage. This position works under the general supervision of the Legal Advisor for the Arlington Police Department. The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to assist with conducting legal research, drafting legal opinions, legal memoranda, and other legal documents; advising city employees and officials regarding city legal matters; investigating claims and complaints made against the City; representing the City in legal proceedings; and in some instances, prosecuting violators of City ordinances.

A J.D. degree and license to practice law in the State of Texas is required.   Six months to one year as a practicing attorney is preferred.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is under the general supervision of the Legal Advisor for the Arlington Police Department. The primary function of this position is to respond to and make legal arguments related to requests made under the Texas Public Information Act including requests for police body worn camera footage. In addition to these primary responsibilities, the attorney may be responsible for conducting legal research, drafting legal opinions, legal memoranda, and other legal documents; advising city employees and officials regarding city legal matters; investigating claims and complaints made against the City; representing the City in legal proceedings; and in some instances, prosecuting violators of City ordinances.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Ability to research, and aid in the preparation of various legal documents, including but not limited to City ordinances, resolutions, criminal complaints, deeds, contracts, pleadings, discovery responses, motions, and appellate briefs. 
  2. Ability to appear on behalf of the City in municipal court to argue motions related to Dangerous and Substandard Structures.
  3. Ability to appear on behalf of the City in various courts to argue motions related to subpoenas.
  4. Ability to conduct legal research, provide legal advice, conduct initial interviews with claimants and City staff, and communicate legal options to City Attorney and City staff.
  5. Ability to manage a large number of Open Record Requests, to review each one and to either timely respond or request an Attorney General opinion.
  6. Ability to review and provide legal advice regarding criminal search warrants and subpoenas.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Ability to monitor state and federal legislation and regulations relevant to municipalities.
  2. Provide training and legal updates to City departments on behalf of the City Attorney.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, codes and statutes, particularly those related to the Texas Public Information Act and criminal laws.
  • Skill in communicating orally and in writing in order to prepare legal documents and to counsel and represent the City before administrative and judicial bodies.
  • Public speaking skill to teach and train City officials and the public on matters of legal importance.
  • Ability to analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to local governments.
  • Ability to develop alternative solutions to problems, to evaluate courses of action, to reach appropriate decisions and to counsel/guide individuals

Qualifying Education and Experience:

A J.D. degree and license to practice law in the State of Texas is required.   Six months to one year as a practicing attorney is preferred.

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

All applicants must apply online at http://www.arlington-tx.gov