Judicial Staff Counsel

Job Description
Requisition Title JUDICIAL STAFF COUNSEL.7033300 – 22001092

Organization Office of Judicial Staff Counsel

Brief Description

Assists the Chief Judicial Staff Counsel to the Criminal District Courts and provides legal research, legal advice and counsel covering a broad spectrum of the most complex of legal issues to the seventeen (17) criminal district court judges, their staff, department heads and personnel, visiting court judges, specialty court judges, and various court diversion programs.

Detailed Description

Handles issues involving all aspects of criminal law including: • jury selection and trial issues for death penalty trials; • review and preparation of findings of facts for death penalty writs; • hearings on death penalty writs; jury selection and trial issues for all levels of felony cases; • jury charge preparation in death penalty cases and all other levels of felony trials; • DNA motions, orders and hearings; expunction and non- disclosure cases; • hearings on non-capital writs; the preparation of findings and orders in non-capital writs; • findings of fact on motion to suppress rulings; bond issues; interstate detainer issues; probation issues; competency and mental illness issues and procedures; ethics and judicial conduct issues. Handles administrative matters for the courts including: • advising the courts on policy matters, • handling open meetings, open records, Rule 12 requests; • attorney appointment wheel issues including: o review of attorney applications for appointment on the Dallas County appellate and writ appointment wheel and o approved list for death penalty appointments in the First Administrative Judicial Region; • personnel matters; • community supervision and correction department issues; • the creation of judgment and various forms used by the courts; • budget preparation; and • periodic review of the jury selection plan for Dallas County. Represents the judges before all levels of Texas (Courts of appeals, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court) and federal district court. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Graduation from an accredited school of law. Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Four (4) years experience practicing law. Skilled in the use of standard software applications. Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees, other departments, community partners and the general public. Strong legal research and writing skills. Knowledge of statutory and case law dealing with the trial and appeal of a criminal case. Must possess a valid Texas Drivers License and good driving record. Will be required to provide a copy of 10-year driving history. Must maintain a good driving record and remain in compliance with Article II, Subdivision II of Chapter 90 of the Dallas County Code. Standard 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.

Minimum Salary: 9139.25 Maximum Salary: 11420.50 Currency: US Dollar (USD)

Interested candidates should apply online through the Dallas County website.  https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/HR/employment.php