First Assistant District Attorney – Felony Chief

EASTLAND COUNTY

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: 1st Assistant District Attorney – Felony Chief       

Department: 91st Criminal District Attorney         
Location: Eastland, Texas
Reports To: 91st Criminal District Attorney         
Salary Range: $75,000 – $82,000
Open Date: March 1, 2021                                         
Close Date: Until Filled
Non-exempt Full-Time Position

Position Summary: This position requires a thorough knowledge of criminal prosecution and court procedures.  This position is responsible for handling felony legal matters and trying felony cases in District Court. This position is also a supervisor, responsible for monitoring and evaluating the work of other prosecuting attorneys and staff.

Essential Job Functions (listing most important first):

  • Performing all aspects of prosecution of felony offenses, which includes case screening, preparation of pleadings, motions, affidavits, warrants, and other paperwork as necessary, witness preparation, securing and gathering of evidence, and representation of the State of Texas in pretrial proceedings, as well as in criminal bench trials and jury trials in District Courts
  • Supervising prosecuting attorneys and staff, which includes prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring employees are adequately trained, and guaranteeing employees are following office policies and procedures
  • Formulating and communicating plea offers in felony cases
  • Working with judges, court staff, law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, pro se defendants (when permissible by law), victims, witnesses, and office staff in the preparation and prosecution of criminal litigation
  • Conducting legal research as necessary to effectively represent the State of Texas in felony criminal cases
  • Advising law enforcement agencies and officers on issues of criminal law and criminal procedure
  • Answering inquiries from the public and other governmental agencies regarding the duties of the District Attorney’s office
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the District Attorney

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Must have a J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school
  • Five (5) years of felony prosecution experience or equivalent required
  • Significant felony jury trial experience preferred
  • Experience managing other prosecutors preferred or equivalent experience
  • Must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Texas
  • Must be an active member and in good standing with the Texas State Bar Association

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Knowledge of criminal prosecution, law enforcement, and court procedures
  • Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive legal documents
  • Ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, county officials, the court system, and the general public
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and jury panels
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to use a personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet programs, calculator, telephone, copy machine, and fax machine

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds routinely, and, up to 50 pounds occasionally
  • Sufficient visual acuity, speech and hearing required to interact with victims, attorneys, judges and other staff.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment

  HOW TO APPLY:

Submit Resume and References via email or mail to:

Paul W. Lewallen
1st Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Eastland County Courthouse
100 West Main Street, Suite 204
Eastland, Texas 76448
Email: [email protected]

LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.