Civil Counsel

Pay Grade: 133 – $86,223.00 Minimum Salary
FLSA:  Exempt
Civil Service Status:  Exempt
Date Open: November 20, 2020
Application Deadline: Until Filled

Cameron County in search of a full-time Civil Counsel at a competitive wage with excellent fringe benefits and retirement provided.

The successful applicant must be graduated from an accredited school of law; with considerable progressively responsible professional legal work experience.

Candidate for this position must possess a certificate of admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Texas and be eligible to be admitted to the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas.

Candidates must apply online at Cameron County – Civil Counsel website, ready to provide three professional references.

Salary: 133 – $86,223.00 minimum salary.

Purpose of Classification

Serves as counsel to the County Judge and Commissioners’ Court. Responsible for rendering legal services and supplying legal advice on matters affecting Cameron County. Work is conducted at the full performance level of professional difficulty and it requires the application of seasoned judgment and technical proficiency in the civil completion of assignments. This position is in charge of considerable independence in conducting necessary legal research preliminary to the rendering of decisions affecting preparation for trial of specific cases or administrative hearings and the rendering of legal advice and counsel to elected officials, appointed department heads or their designees.

Essential Functions

The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Performs advanced professional legal work to represent the County in its general legal business and to conduct ordinary civil and administrative actions
  • Supervises clerical staff in rendering legal counsel to the County; directs the preparation of research in rendering legal opinions, preparing material for proposed legislation, and in formulating county rules and regulations.
  • Conducts quasi-judicial hearings and advises boards or administrative officials in deciding hearings; prepares legal opinions for administrative officials.
  • Argues cases in court involving civil litigation; reviews and approves legal contracts and agreements; handles legal aspects of property acquisition.
  • Advise elected- officials on the open meetings act and resolve public information requests.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the common law and of the state and federal laws, particularly in regard to general administrative and regulatory functions of state and local government.
  • Considerable knowledge of judicial procedures and of the rules of evidence.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices of pleading civil cases, and of effective techniques in the presentation of cases in court and before administrative judges and agencies.
  • Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents concerned in complex cases and to present such materials in clear and logical form for oral or written presentation, as briefs, opinions, orders, or decisions.
  • Ability to analyze legal documents and instruments, appraise and organize facts and legal principles, and to present evidence and other material in effective written or oral form.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with administrative officials, local governmental officials, employees, court officials, and with the public.
  • Ability to plan, assign, and review the work of subordinate attorneys and clerical employees.
  • Ability to draft legal instruments, proposed legislation, and legal opinions.

Additional Functions

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited school of law; and considerable progressively responsible experience in professional legal work. Candidates for positions in this class must possess a certificate of admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Texas and be admitted or be eligible to be admitted to the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas.

ADA Compliance

Physical Ability:  Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

This is not a Civil Service covered position.

Benefits: Cameron County Offers Excellent Fringe Benefits, Including: Health and Life Insurance Protection, Sick and Annual Leave, Retirement System, and Paid Holidays. Cameron County has a mandatory direct deposit payroll program.