Attorney V – Civil

Job TitleAttorney V – CivilJob Number202200215
Department HeadCriminal District AttorneyDate OpenNovember 2, 2022
Salary Range Minimum$103,178.88-$154,768.20 AnnuallyApplication DeadlineUntil Filled

In order to be considered for employment with Hays County submit the following documents:

• Hays County Application                 • Cover Letter                      • Resume

Find Hays County Employment Applications at:

• Hays County website – www.hayscountytx.com

Education and/or Experience

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, and seven years relevant experience as a licensed attorney required
  • Knowledge of Hays County District Attorney’s Office regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Knowledge of Texas Family Code, Texas Civil Procedures, Texas Rules of Evidence, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and other civil statutes and case law
  • Knowledge of civil laws including statutes, rules of evidence, case law and appellate procedures
  • Knowledge about the law in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault of children or adults
  • Knowledge of the methods, practices, and courtroom procedures involved in civil matters
  • Familiarity with Hays County general law enforcement and criminal justice methods and practices
  • Some familiarity with methods and practices of criminal prosecution, bond forfeitures, and asset seizures and forfeitures, open records and the Public Information Act, contracts, inter-local agreements, and transactional work is also helpful, but not generally required.

Responsibilities

  • Primary Responsibility: Represents the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, primarily in Child Protective Services
  • Handles assigned cases from intake through lower court appeal
  • Plans casework, reviews physical evidence, interviews witnesses, prepares trial exhibits, files motions and briefs, negotiates pleas, selects juries, drafts jury arguments for verdicts and sentences, and tries cases
  • Conducts negotiations and other legal discussions with opposing counsel, including pre-trial legal issues, and discovery issues
  • Handles appeals by reviewing legal issues, conducting legal research, reviewing court transcripts, preparing briefs, and presenting oral arguments in appellate courts
  • Counsels and discusses cases with the multidisciplinary team, child forensic interviewers, case workers, social workers, probation officers, law enforcement officials, victims, and witnesses
  • Ensures that trial and other legal deadlines are met
  • Provides training for law enforcement agencies and advocate groups
  • Gives lectures to law enforcement, community groups and civic organizations 
  • Responds to citizen inquiries regarding legal issues and current cases
  • Manages appellate deadlines and periodically writes appeals and responds to Post-Conviction Writs
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to duties relating to
    • Mental commitments
    • Open records requests
    • Criminal asset forfeitures
    • Criminal bond forfeitures
    • Expunction and nondisclosure petition responses
    • Civil litigation and appeals

Summary                              

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, include the responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics listed below.  This list of responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Under general direction from the elected District Attorney, attorneys within the civil division prosecute child protection issues; represent the State in all bond forfeitures in County and District Court; represent the State in all asset seizure cases in District Court; sit as designees on and act as general counsel for the Bail Bond Board; respond to criminal open records requests and request Attorney General rulings when required; correspond and collaborate with other legal counsels related to litigation and matters involving the Hays County Commissioners Court; represent local hospitals and private citizens in applying for Emergency Orders of Detention and Orders of Protective Custody in mental health cases; and work with the local mental health authority to ensure defendants and arrestees receive mental health treatment and services

Hays County is an EEO employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Hays County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of background checks, including reference checks, criminal history, and driver’s license checks and driving history.