This position provides expertise, guidance, and instruction to DFPS staff relating to family law, civil litigation, and agency policy within the assigned area of responsibility. The position monitors the progress of Child Protective court cases and takes appropriate measures to ensure the timely and appropriate resolution of those cases. This position assists Child Protective Services in preparing cases and testimony for court. This position advises and counsels CPS staff, including caseworkers, supervisors, program directors, program administrators, agency attorneys. This position interacts routinely with DFPS staff, district/county attorneys, judges, community professionals, and the general public. As appropriate, this position may provide direct representation in court on legal cases.
Essential Job Functions:
Advises staff on legal matters and interprets state and federal laws, regulations, Texas Administrative Code, and agency policies to assist in proper implementation. Advises county and district attorneys on legal matters and interprets state and federal laws, regulations, Texas Administrative Code, and agency policies to assist in proper implementation. May provide agency representation as appropriate and as needed. Provides legal training to agency staff. Prepares or assists in the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, legal pleadings, and reports. Assists in formulating, establishing, and coordinating office systems. Performs other duties as assigned. Promotes, monitors, and ensures that respect is demonstrated for cultural diversity. Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Knowledge of family law, litigation, and civil practice. Knowledge of Texas case law, statutes, TAC. Must have excellent organizational skills. Must be flexible. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to synthesize state and federal law, administrative rules, agency policies and goals, and best practice guidelines to reach an appropriate interpretation. Ability to convey complex legal concepts and instructions clearly to staff. Ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with agency staff and the legal community.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas
Initial Screening Criteria:
Licensed to practice law in Texas. Must be in good standing with the Texas State Bar. Must have at least 2 years of practice experience in Family Law.
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